Massive expansion plans for Airtel

AIMING to add one new site every hour, Bharti Airtel (Airtel), India’s largest telecommunications service provider, have launched massive network roll-out plans for FY 2018-19 to further expand its high-speed mobile data footprint in Maharashtra and Goa.

As a part of its network expansion program – Project LEAP, Airtel plans to add more than 8000 new sites in FY 2018-19, along with an addition of more than 4200 KMs of optic fiber, in Maharashtra and Goa. While stepping up the data capacities and taking services deeper into rural and unconnected areas, the massive roll-out would mean an addition of one new site per hour to Airtel’s future-ready network in the states of Maharashtra and Goa (excl Mumbai).

The expansion plan for FY 2018-19 follows a fruitful FY 2017-18 which saw more than 7000 new sites being deployed and more than 2600 KMs of optic fiber being rolled out in Maharashtra & Goa, extending its mobile broadband footprint to 27000 towns and villages.

Rohit Marwha, chief executive officer – Maharashtra and Goa, Bharti Airtel Ltd, adds, We are committed to offer our customers in Maharashtra & Goa a seamless experience on the best smartphone network. We will continue to invest aggressively in the region and expand our network capabilities with over 38,000 sites by the end of this financial year. With our enhanced speeds, reach and coverage, we also aim to contribute towards the Government’s vision of Digital India.

With this planned roll-out, the number of Airtel’s mobile sites in Maharashtra and Goa would go up by 25

per cent

to 38,000, further enhancing the speeds and voice qualities. The addition of fresh optic fiber would extend their fiber backbone to 21,600 KMs, supporting the growth of

high speed

data services in the region.

Network highlights of Airtel Maharashtra and Goa:

  • 4G services on 2300 MHz launched in Apr 2012
  • 4G services on 1800 MHz added in Feb 2017
  • VoLTE services launched in Oct 2017
  • Fiber backbone – 17400 KMs
  • Total number of sites at the end of FY 17-18 – 31,000
  • Towns and villages covered by Airtel network– 40,000

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