In a major revamp of its telecom network in Madhya Pradesh circle that also includes Chhatisgarh, Airtel will add 9500 new sites in the current fiscal. Besides, Airtel MP network will also add 4000 KM of optic fiber to its OFC network in the same financial year.
In FY 2017-18 the operator had added more than 5200 new sites and extended its mobile broadband footprint to 34000 towns and villages of Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh.
9500 new sites in a year means Airtel is going to add one new site every hour and it will take the operator’s total strength of telecom sites to 26000, a 30% increase. Similarly the addition of fresh addition of 4000 KM of OFC will take its fiber backbone strength to 22000 KM in the circle.
The operator believes this network upgradation will help it provide better data as well as voice services to its customers. Rural and unconnected people would be benefit more from this network expansion compared to customers in urban areas.
Dharmender Khajuria, Chief Executive Officer – Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Bharti Airtel Ltd, adds, “Keeping in mind the fast evolving usage habits of the new-age mobile internet user and the ever increasing smartphone penetration, we have committed ourselves towards the availability of best-in-class mobile broadband experience to our users in the progressive states of Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh. We will continue to invest aggressively in the region and take our network capabilities to the next level with more than 26,000 mobile sites by the end of this financial year, ably backed by a scaled up and strengthened 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.”
With the network expansion, which is being done under its ‘Project Leap‘ Airtel’s mobile broadband footprint now reaches to 34000 towns and villages of Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, the firm said in a statement.