The telco said that it has discontinued 3G services in Kerala and its 3G customers have now been upgraded to 4G, having discontinued its 3G network in Haryana recently. In Kerala, the service provider has re-farmed 2100 Mhz band, which was being used for 3G, to further strengthen its 4G network and now uses a solid spectrum bank across 2300 Mhz (TD LTE), 2100 Mhz (LTE 2100), and 1800 Mhz (FD LTE) to offer 4G services to customers.
However, 2G services will continue to be available in the state to serve the connectivity needs of customers on feature phones. 3G customers were duly notified and requested to upgrade their handsets and SIMs. 3G customers who are yet to upgrade their handsets and SIMs will continue to get access to voice services.
Nagananda. U, COO- Kerala, Bharti Airtel, said: “The deployment of 4G and re-farming of the 3G spectrum is in line with our national strategy of providing seamless connectivity and superior data experience to our customers. 4G LTE service provides a high-speed internet access for consumers living in suburban and urban areas with more high-speed broadband service options.”