Bharti Airtel today announced that around 6,500 mobile broadband sites (4G+3G sites) across Gujarat have been built. This expands the availability of data services to more than 7,250 towns and villages in the State. The company has announced that during the expansion process, Airtel has installed one new 4G site every 90 minutes in the past six months.
Airtel also noted that initiative was in collaboration with the Government of India’s vision of Digital India. After launching VoLTE services in Gujarat in October last year, Airtel has scaled up its mobile backhaul capabilities and extended its fiber backbone to 12,300 kilometers making the network future-ready.
Commenting on the announcement, KC Narendran, Chief Executive Officer – Gujarat, Bharti Airtel said “Keeping in mind the fast evolving usage habits of the new-age mobile internet user and the ever increasing smartphone penetration, we are delighted to take our mobile-broadband capabilities to the next level with 6500 sites, ably backed by strengthened and scaled up infrastructure. As the leading mobile service provider in the country, we are glad that we are able to contribute significantly towards the Government’s vision of Digital India with our enhanced speeds, reach and coverage.”
Airtel also highlighted the point that 4G will be offered on FD LTE 1,800 MHz and TD LTE 2,300 MHz spectrum while the 3G services will be offered on 2,100 MHz spectrum. The company also said that this network expansion is a part of Project Leap. Under the project, the company has committed an investment of Rs 60,000 crores across India. Up till now, Airtel has deployed 180,000 mobile sites across India.
Just last month, Airtel announced the launch of its 4G service in Chennai that will enable customers across the city to enjoy HD quality voice calls with faster call set up time.