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LTE deployment in India no earlier than mid-2015, says Huawei

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Deployment issues are likely to delay widespread LTE services until the middle of next year, a senior Huawei director has said.

Although several networks have deployed some LTE services, they are limited to a few cities.

"Coverage issues no matter how hard you try cannot be resolved in the 2300 Mhz band, unless you fiberise (lay optic fibre extensively)," Sameer Rawal, director strategy and marketing, Huawei Telecommunications, told the Economic Times newspaper.

Most of the networks that want to deploy LTE services have to do so in the 2.3Ghz band, which also requires more towers to cover the same area as a lower frequency service.

That issue is said to be the main reason why it has taken Jio Infocomm longer than expected to launch its own 4G services.

Rival networks are planning to deploy LTE in their 1800Mhz spectrum, which is cheaper to rollout, and has a wider range of handset support at the moment.

On the web: Economic Times

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