Indian telecom operators are gearing up for the battle for supremacy in 4G LTE. The year 2016 will be the year of 4G in India. We will witness drastic changes in the Indian telecom sector as all BIG telecos are jumping onto the 4G services bandwagon and small players are getting acquired.

As the first mover, India’s top telecom operator Bharti Airtel started offering 4G LTE service to its customers way back in 2012. After a sluggish start, Airtel is now aggressively pushing its 4G services. Joining the race telecom majors Vodafone India and Idea Cellular started offering their 4G LTE service in selected Indian cities towards the end of 2015. But the BIG fish in the 4G telecom sector is yet to come – Reliance Jio the telecom arm of Reliance Industries which hold pan-India 4G LTE license is expected to launch its service by mid-2016. Jio’s commercial launch will definitely disturb the Indian telecom sector.

Indian 4G LTE network is distributed under different LTE frequency bands spectrum. If you are looking to move to a 4G network, then you should find the right compatible 4G LTE capable devices. Indian telecom operators have received spectrum license to operate 4G LTE networks over BAND 5 LTE FDD (850 Mhz), BAND 3 LTE FDD (1800 Mhz), BAND 40 LTE TDD (2300 Mhz) and BAND 41 LTE TDD (2500 Mhz). Your best bet is to get a smartphone that support BAND 40 or BAND 3, as the majority of the telecos operate under this BAND.

Coming to the last question, which operator have 4G service in my area? We have come up with a 4G network map of India that highlights the allotted 4G license and supported BAND for different telecom operators in India.

Telecom CircleAirtelReliance JioVodafoneIdea CellualrBSNLAircel
DelhiBAND 3, 40BAND 3, 40BAND 3NoNoNo
MumbaiBAND 3, 40BAND 3, 5, 40BAND 3BAND 3NoNo
KolkataBAND 3, 40BAND 3, 40BAND 3BAND 3NoBAND 40
Andhra PradeshBAND 3BAND 3, 40NoBAND 3NoBAND 40
GujaratBAND 3BAND 3, 40BAND 3, 40BAND 3NoNo
KarnatakaBAND 3, 40BAND 3, 40BAND 3BAND 3NoBAND 40
MaharastraBAND 40BAND 3, 40BAND 3BAND 3NoNo
Tamil NaduBAND 3BAND 3, 40NoBAND 3NoBAND 40
HaryanaBAND 3, 40BAND 3, 5, 40BAND 3BAND 3BAND 41No
KeralaBAND 3, 40BAND 3, 40BAND 3BAND 3BAND 41BAND 40
Madhya PradeshBAND 3, 40BAND 3, 5, 40BAND 3BAND 3BAND 41No
PunjabBAND 3, 40BAND 40BAND 3BAND 3BAND 41No
RajasthanBAND 3BAND 3, 40BAND 40NoBAND 41BAND 40
Uttar Pradesh (East)BAND 3BAND 3, 5, 40BAND 3, 40BAND 3BAND 41No
Uttar Pradesh (West)BAND 3BAND 40BAND 40BAND 3BAND 41BAND 40
West BengalBAND 3BAND 3, 40NoBAND 3BAND 41No
AssamNoBAND 3, 5, 40NoBAND 3BAND 41BAND 40
Himachal PradeshBAND 3, 40BAND 3, 5, 40BAND 40BAND 3BAND 41No
Jammu & KashmirBAND 3, 40BAND 5, 40NoBAND 3BAND 41BAND 40
North EastBAND 3, 40BAND 3, 5, 40NoBAND 3BAND 41BAND 40
OrissaBAND 3, 40BAND 3, 5, 40NoBAND 3BAND 41No

Hope it must have helped you a bit to find the perfect 4G service provider in your area. We will update the above chart once we get more information. If any doubts regarding this let me know by commenting below.