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Reliance Communications (RCOM) plans to offer 4G services, starting in Gujarat, where its CDMA network operates on airwaves similar to those it has acquired to deploy the high-speed mobile telecom technology, said two people familiar with the matter.

India’s fourth-largest carrier will need to spend about $40 million ( Rs 255 crore) to pay for equipment and also to enable use of the CDMA spectrum for 4G in Gujarat before the launch, for which the internal deadline is November. The Anil Ambani-owned company is creating a third vertical, after GSM and CDMA, to handle the 4G service and customers, one of the people said.

The company has chosen to start with Gujarat because it recently won 2.5 MHz of airwaves in the sub-1 GHz band, which, together with 2.5 MHz of its existing spectrum, can be used to deploy 4G services. Original post at ET Telecom

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