After Kerala, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, West Bengal and Odisha, Airtel has announced massive network expansion in Karnataka as part of its network transformation initiative – Project Leap. by By March 2019, Airtel plans to roll out 13,000 new mobile sites along with an addition of more than 4500 kilometers of optic fiber to enable high speed data transmission.
Airtel also plans to deploy pre-5G Massive MIMO technology across major business and residential hubs in the two states to step up high speed data experience for customers.
Massive MIMO expands network capacities by 5-7 times on the same spectrum and delivers super fast data speeds despite a large number of concurrent users at the same location. Back in April, Airtel had deployed Massive MIMO pre-5G solution across IPL match venues offering up to 3x faster 4G speeds.
Airtel 4G already covers over over 39,000 towns and villages in Karnataka.
Commenting on the same, C. Surendran, Chief Executive Officer – Karnataka, Bharti Airtel Ltd., said:
Airtel has led the telecom journey in the country with our history of firsts. The revolutionary launch of 4G services for the first time in the state of Karnataka changed mobile internet forever. Today, we are the only service provider to cover the entire state with our 4G network and the only service provider in Karnataka to offer ubiquitous 4G, 3G and 2G services. Our significant investments in network will further boost the coverage and data speeds delivering a superior user experience for our customers.