Airtel today announced that it has archived 6500 mobile broadband sites (4G+3G sites) across Gujarat, expanding the availability of data services to more than 7250 towns and villages in the state. “In the expansion process, Airtel has installed one new 4G site every 90 minutes in the past 6 months to cater to the surge in the high-speed internet needs of the users and to collaborate with the Government’s vision of Digital India,” said the company.
It launched VoLTE services in Gujarat back in October last year. In addition to doubling its transmission capacity, Airtel has also scaled up its mobile backhaul capabilities and extended its fiber backbone to 12300 kilometer making the network future-read.
In addition to expanding Airtel’s geographical coverage, this also promises higher indoor and outdoor speeds and a superior mobile broadband experience in the state.
This is part of Project Leap – Airtel’s nationwide network transformation program to build a future ready network. The company announced Rs 60,000 crore investment across India under this program back in 2015. In the last two years, Airtel has deployed 180,000 mobile sites across India.
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.