New Delhi: Telecom companies have not rolled out long-term evolution (LTE), commonly known as 4G, throughout India yet. But mobile handset buyers are preparing well in advance. While 4G telecom service is offered by a single service provider in the country, sales of smartphones supporting 4G have crossed nine million units in the September quarter – a whopping 1,000 per cent jump over the sale in the year-ago period.
Currently, Bharti Airtel offers 4G data service in 296 towns across India. While Vodafone and Idea are expected to launch 4G service by next year, Aircel offers the service for its enterprise customers only. However, according to analysts, the recent buzz around the launch of 4G service by Reliance Jio and others have increased interest among handset buyers.