India may get 4G by March 20 , courtesy Airtel, while China waits 2 years

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile phone company by revenues and customers may kick start its fourth generation services from Kolkata on March 20, executives familiar with the development have let it be known. 

Although Augere Wireless was the first to begin the service, which has been offering high-speed data through dongles (data cards) since last month, Airtel’s launch would actually make it a very public phenomenon.

On the other hand China isn’t in a hurry get its own 4G network up and running, According to the head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Miao Wei, the country needs plenty more base stations — beyond the existing 220,000 TD-SCDMA bases and closer to 400,000 — before the government starts offering 4G licenses.

An interesting strategy by the Chinese government considering we have already seen our 3G networks perform (read #Fail), Hopefully companies are actually setting up their infrastructure before handing out more connections than they can handle.