Airtel To Add 10000 New Sites, 2000Km Fiber In West Bengal Network

In its endeavour to offer the best service experience to its customers, Airtel has been ramping up its network across the country as a continuous practice. The firm is also pumping in ample amount of investment for the same. One such announcement was made on Tuesday for Airtel’s network in West Bengal.

The company, in its announcement, said it will add 10,000 new telecom sites in the eastern state as part of its ongoing network transformation initiative – Project Leap. The planned roll-out will augment the number of mobile sites in the state of West Bengal by 35%, taking the total number of sites to 38,000.

The roll-out would translate to the addition of one new mobile site per hour to Airtel’s future-ready network in West Bengal.

Besides, to improve the backhaul network, the company is also adding 2000 KMs of optic fiber to its existing network taking the total footprint to 17,000 kms.

All this will help Airtel in augmenting its high-speed data network and offer a seamless service experience to its customers, the firm expressed in a statement.

“As part of our endeavor to build a future ready network to deliver best-in-class experience to our customers, we are stepping up our network investments across West Bengal. Airtel has pioneered the rollout of Massive MIMO in India and we will now undertake wide scale deployments of the cutting-edge technology in key business and residential hubs across Kolkata. This will truly add to the smartphone experience for Airtel customers,” said Sameer Anjaria, Chief Executive Officer – West Bengal & Odisha, Bharti Airtel.

The company said it will also start deploying Pre-5G Massive MIMO technology in Kolkata to offer a superior high speed data experience to customers. Massive MIMO technology, which will be deployed at major business hubs and residential locations in the city, will expand network capacity by 5-7 times over the same spectrum, and delivers superfast data speeds despite large number of concurrent users at the same location. Airtel had recently deployed the solution at Eden Gardens during the IPL 2018 and received extremely positive customer feedback.

Airtel said it is already witnessing a steady surge in its VoLTE traffic in Kolkata on the back of the availability of a seamless 4G network with fallback capability. With the fast growing availability of more Airtel VoLTE compatible handsets, more customers will be able to enjoy HD voice quality, faster call set in coming times.

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