Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), Bharti Airtel and Huawei today announced India’s first multi-mode LTE TDD smartphone at Innovation Qualcomm India 2012. Powered by QTI’s Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 processor, Huawei Ascend P1 LTE smartphone handles high speed data on the LTE network and voice calls on the underlying 3G network using Circuit Switched Voice Fall Back (CSFB voice) technology.
Commenting on the occasion, Sanjay Kapoor, CEO - India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel said,"Over the last 15 years, Airtel has been at the forefront of India's telecom revolution and played an instrumental role in aligning the country’s technology trends with latest standards from across the globe. We took the lead in introducing India’s first 4G service in Kolkata and continue to commit towards driving the country’s broadband agenda. As applicable to any new technology across the world, the long term adoption of 4G will rely on a variety of factors, specifically the device ecosystem readiness. The availability of 4G voice and data compatible devices will play a defining role in massifying 4G, and driving its adoption. We are excited to announce the launch of India's first 4G LTE TDD multi-mode mobile device along with Qualcomm and Huawei, and are delighted to take the lead in setting technology standards for 4G devices in India. We are confident that others will follow suit and participate in the effort towards establishing the 4G devices ecosystem in India"
“We are excited to collaborate with Bharti Airtel and Huawei to announce the first multi-mode LTE-TDD smartphone in India. With this significant milestone, consumers in India will have the choice of enjoying high-speed mobile broadband experience using an LTE smartphone,” said Dr. Avneesh Agrawal, senior vice president and president of Qualcomm India and South Asia. “Qualcomm Technologies continues to work with its partners to bring world-class technologies to India.”
“LTE is the future of mobile communications, and faster data access experience will become a key area of differentiation for consumers when choosing their mobile devices,” said Mr. Cai Liqun, CEO of Huawei India. “Huawei is committed to LTE innovation throughout the entire communications value chain from the device to the network to the cloud. The availability of the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE is just one more way in which we are putting great technology into the hands of more people globally and now in India.”
Earlier this year, Bharti Airtel became the first telecom services provider in India to deploy LTE-TDD networks and launch 4G services in Kolkata and Bengaluru.
Powered by QTI’s Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1.5 GHz dual core CPUs and built-in Adreno™ 225 GPU, and running an Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE’s ultra-low latency guarantees smooth video calls and faster online gaming. The 1GB RAM ensures smooth browsing and the 4GB ROM offers capacity for limitless applications from the Google Play™ Store. The second-generation 10.9-cm (4.3-inch) Super AMOLED qHD display with scratchproof Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 provides enhanced stability and durability. The Huawei Ascend P1 LTE also provides an array of multimedia features to delight photo and video savvy users with its 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.
About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited (airtel.com) is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 259 million customers across its operations at the end of September 2012.
About Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI)
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (qualcomm.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), is redefining the way people incorporate wireless devices and services into everyday life. QTI and its subsidiaries operate substantially all of Qualcomm’s research and development activities, and product and services businesses, including Qualcomm’s semiconductor business, QCT. QTI’s developments enable opportunities across the wireless and wired value chains by making devices and networks faster, content richer and communications more personal and affordable to people everywhere.
Huawei (huawei.com / huaweidevice.co.in) is a leader in providing next generation telecommunication and ICT solutions with footprint in over 140 countries. The company serves 45 of the world’s top 50 operators supporting communication needs of one-third of the world’s population. With significant presence in telecom, enterprise and devices, Huawei provides industry leading solutions in the domain of information, communications and technology. Huawei Devices with its strong suite of mobile phones, mobile broadband devices and home terminals is committed to providing user-friendly and rich mobile internet experience through continuous innovation. The company is committed to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and growth potential for its customers.
Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Snapdragon and Adreno are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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