Airtel’s massive expansion plans for its network in Maha, Goa

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 May 2018 11:48:47


Business Bureau

BHARTI Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications service provider, announced its massive network roll-out plans for FY 2018-19 to further expand its high speed mobile data footprint in Maharashtra and Goa. This was disclosed by Rohit Marwha, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Maharashtra and Goa of Bharti Airtel while talking at a press conference here in the city on Wednesday. He said that as a part of its network expansion programme Project LEAP, Airtel announced its plans to add more than 8,000 new sites in FY 2018-19, along with an addition of more than 4,200 kilometres (kms) of optic fiber, in Maharashtra and Goa.

Marwha said that the company is stepping up the data capacities and taking services deeper into rural and unconnected areas, the massive roll-out would mean addition of 1 new site per hour to Airtel’s future-ready network in the states of Maharashtra and Goa (excluding Mumbai). The expansion plan for FY 2018-19 follows a fruitful FY 2017-18 which saw more than 7,000 new sites being deployed and more than 2,600 km of optic fiber being rolled out in Maharashtra and Goa, extending its mobile broadband to 27,000 towns and villages.

Marwha said, “We are committed to offer our customers in Maharashtra and Goa a seamless experience on the best smartphone network. We will continue to invest aggressively in the region and expand our network capabilities with over 38,000 sites by the end of this financial year. With our enhanced speeds, reach and coverage, we also aim to contribute towards the Government’s vision of Digital India.”
With this planned roll-out, number of Airtel’s mobile sites in Maharashtra and Goa would go up by 25 per cent to 38,000, further enhancing the speeds and voice qualities. The addition of fresh optic fiber would extend its fiber backbone to 21,600 kms, supporting the growth ofhigh speed data services in the region, he added. Bharti Airtel is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 16 countries across Asia and Africa. The company ranks amongst the top three mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.