Airtel set to expand 3G, 4G networks ahead of Reliance Jio launch

Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecom service provider by subscribers, is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to maintain its lead in the 4G space, and to better compete with rivals like Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Idea Cellular when they launch their respective commercial high-speed services. Airtel is looking at investing an additional $200-400 million in the current financial year to ramp up 3G and 4G infrastructure, Gopal Vittal, Bharti Airtel’s Managing Director and CEO (India and South Asia) said during an investor call.


The Sunil Bharti Mittal-led company had estimated its capex for India and South Asia to be at $2.3 billion, most of which would have been on India. Airtel has already taken a lead in the 4G space by launching services across over 300 cities, and is expanding further ahead of the commercial launch of Reliance Jio, which is expected to happen in the first quarter of next financial year.

Through 3G and 4G network expansion, Airtel is not just looking at tapping a larger data customer base but to also free 2G network in cities like Delhi to improve overall call quality. Indian telecom operators have been facing criticism due to rising call drops. Airtel is also working with the government to address the issue of call drops. It is currently fixing the network infrastructure by deploying new cell towers, improving the existing errant cell sites, Vittal said.

Also read: Airtel Launches ‘Infinity Plans’ Offering 4G Data Benefits for Prepaid and Postpaid Users

The country’s second and third largest telcos-Vodafone India and Idea Cellular—are also preparing to start commercial 4G services starting December this year. Aircel, on the other hand, plans to offer mass market 4G services in circles where it has licenses around the same time.

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October 29, 2015 9:44 am 9:44 AM

@Sayan, bro..u people who lives in ‘so called’ metro cities have a fantasy idea about villege!
ha ha…such a stereotype person you are! God bless u.

October 29, 2015 10:34 am 10:34 AM
It’s possible that Mr. X lives in a village of Bengal and he is a subscriber of rjio. But the number of such people is very limited my dear friend. It’s a loss for rjio to run a bts in such a village with a few users. Even Airtel is struggling with its 4G services as it’s unable to have a significant number of 4G users even in Metro cities like Kolkata. Now, you will give me counter reasons that rjio will have very cheap tarrif which will attract many customers who are currently using 3G. Here comes my question.… Read more »
October 29, 2015 11:15 am 11:15 AM

If Rjio use all the BTS of Indus Tower, then 80% of the rural areas of WB will be covered. Atleast Rjio should have coverage like AVOID 2G in Bengal.

October 28, 2015 1:27 pm 1:27 PM

Yes totally agree. Because here tamilnadu BSNL only best.
because BSNL only give a best 3g and 2g speed, best customercare, best endless talking coverage, and costly network in tamilnadu are Airtel, vodafone now a days aircel also. Joint AVOID Group…
but IDEA is the best tariff for T.N so finally waiting for 3G and 4G ….but no coverage at all abig towns

October 28, 2015 12:07 pm 12:07 PM

Next I will post comment with proper screenshot