Tuesday 29 October 2013

Micromax to launch 4G LTE devices in December: Report

Looks like XOLO isn’t going to be the only home-grown smartphone vendor to release a 4G LTE smartphone this year. According to a report in The Economic Times, Micromax is also planning to launch a 4G LTE smartphone by December and it will support voice-over-LTE.

“We want to establish ourselves on LTE and offer products that are LTE ready by December, so that consumers would not need to change their handsets whenever voice over LTE becomes available, be it six months or eight months later,” Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma told ET in an interview.

There are no details available about this smartphone right now.

With several telecom operators including Reliance Jio, which has just got a unified license, set to introduce 4G LTE services in the country next year, the decision from Micromax to release 4G LTE devices does not seems all that surprising.

It is good to see smartphone vendors getting ready for the next-generation technology and as almost all telecom operators (apart from probably Videocon) are going to use TDD-LTE standard in India (countries like US & UK use FDD-LTE standard), which is not very common right now and a very limited number of smartphones with support for TDD-LTE are available. So it will be important for local smartphone vendors to pitch in and it will also be a great opportunity for them.

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