Airtel Ramps Up Andhra, Telangana Network With 15000 Sites, Massive MIMO

Badly bruised by Reliance Jio in recent times, Airtel has started taking bigger strides in ramping up its network all across the country. In one such effort, the operator has chalked out its plans to upgrade its telecom network in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

In an announcement made today, the company said it will roll out 15,000 new sites in these circles during this fiscal year. This rollout will translate to one new site being added every hour to Airtel’s future-ready network in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Not only that, Airtel is also planning to add 3000 KMs of fresh optic fiber to expand its fiber footprint in these circles. This would help the operator step up the data capacities and taking services deeper into rural and unconnected areas.

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 superfast data speeds despite large number of concurrent users at the same location. Airtel had recently deployed the solution at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad during the IPL 2018 matches and received very good feedback from customers.

The expansion plan for FY 2018-19 follows a fruitful FY 2017-18 which saw more than 10000 new sites being deployed in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, extending Airtel’s mobile broadband footprint to over 85% of the population in the two states.

Avneet Singh Puri, Chief Executive Officer – Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bharti Airtel Ltd, said “As India’s leading mobile network, we are committed to providing a world-class experience to our customers and are committed significant investments this year to expand our high speed data footprint across the two geographies. This will further boost the coverage and data speeds and deliver a superior user experience. Leveraging the latest capabilities of our spectrum portfolio, Airtel will benefit from an end-to-end solution that can deliver a truly on-demand experience for its customers”.

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