Aircel announced that it will launch its 3G services across 13 circles in another 45 to 60 days depending on some government clearances. Aircel will provide services for 3G in 13 circles — Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Kerala, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (East), West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir. Since majority of the operators do not have pan-India licences, it will lead to technological tie ups like intra-circle roaming.
Aircel plans to start 4G operations in the eight circles allotted to it by December 2011 or January 2012. Test run for 4G is likely to start by the first quarter of the next financial year. Aircel got Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North-East, Jammu & Kashmir circles. [source: BS]