Airtel to Add More than 2000 Mobile Towers in North East India; Expected to Offer Mobile Services in 2100 Uncovered Villages

Indian telecom operator Airtel, which has operations in over 17 countries today signed an agreement with the Department of Telecom (DoT) and the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF). Under the agreement, Airtel will be offering mobile services in identified uncovered villages and national highways in the North Eastern States of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.

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Bharti Airtel, in a press statement, released today said it would be set up over 2000 mobile towers/sites in unconnected pockets of the region and deliver telecom connectivity to citizens in over 2100 villages over the next 18 months.

The deployment will also boost connectivity along important National Highways in the region. Airtel would receive close to Rs 1610 crores from the USOF for executing the project.

The telecom infrastructure set up by Airtel will also enable other telecom service providers to offer services in the region, thereby, providing a major fillip to telecom connectivity in the region, which is characterised by tough terrain. “Expanding telecom connectivity will also add to the economic and social development of the region,” added Airtel in the press statement.

Commenting on the agreement, Ajai Puri, COO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, “Airtel has been leading the expansion of telecom services in North East India, and as the largest operator in these markets, we have gained a deep understanding of the region. This project will provide a massive boost to telecom connectivity in these areas and truly connect them with the rest of India and the world. Customers in these areas can look forward to affordable world-class mobile services very soon.”

Airtel is India’s leading telecom operator with a subscriber base of over 280 million, and it is the largest mobile operator in the North Eastern states. Airtel is the only telecom operator providing 2G/3G/4G services in the region. And the move to add more than 2000 mobile towers to the uncovered villages will boost Airtel’s network coverage.

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sanju
sanju

is it only me or everyone is facing internet breakdown in delhi ,,,even excitel is not working ,,
using airtel 3G net.

geek
geek

Meanwhile JIO isn’t adding even a single tower, while the network/ speed continues to be F pathetic !!!

“Unending 90 day cycles” !! 😀

Moin
Moin

Ditto! Same Here

Chetan
Chetan

How can you claim Jio not adding single site???? Yes it continue to be f … for you but may not be for everybody else…. Like you many Airtel users also experiencing same so does that mean Airtel is not adding towers… Adding towers is not cake walk.. Individual house owners just do not agree for tower until unless dire need of money… People are worried about house looks/asthetics and large space towers takes on terrace…. The more posh area you reside, lesser chances of getting tower near your house… In such areas one commercial complex usually houses tower…. Remember… Read more »

Ravi
Ravi

Even if the tower is above our head, Jio speed is pathetic and unstable…

Problems with their network team, useless and lazy people…

geek
geek

@Ravi, I agree as I have experienced it first hand !! The JIO network team is dillydallying since September, 2016, regarding the installation of a new site ! To reiterate, it is apparent that Ambani will not spend a penny towards network augmentation till Jio breaks even.

It would have been appropriate for Jio to delay the commercial launch until it had the requisite infra to back it up !! The pathetic speeds they provide are totally not worthy of the 4G tag !!

geek
geek

@Ravi, I agree as I have experienced it first hand !! The JIO network team is dillydallying since September, 2016, regarding the installation of a new site ! To reiterate, it is apparent that Ambani will not spend a penny towards network augmentation till Jio breaks even.

It would have been appropriate for Jio to delay the commercial launch until it had the requisite infra to back it up !! The pathetic speeds they provide are totally not worthy of the 4G tag !!

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