Airtel to upgrade 3G network in delhi; customers will get 4G like speed on 3G in coming days

In the backdrop of network upgrading, Airtel subscribers in Delhi may face some network issues in the next few days, announces Airtel. The service provider is notifying users via e-mail on the probable network disruption.


“Our engineers will be working through the night to ensure your services continue to work in an uninterrupted manner even as we make this change. Yet there may be some teething issues you could face in the next few days. We would request you to bear with us so as to deliver a world class Delhi network for you by December,” said Ravindra Singh Negi, CEO – Delhi NCR, Bharti Airtel Ltd via the statement from the company.

Airtel considers the feedback from the customers and promises that every concern will be taken care with due respect.

In this network upgrading, Bharti Airtel is also committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the network towers and targets for a greener Delhi. The provider has already achieved 74% reduction in emissions per terabyte on its telecom network in India.

“With the additional spectrum we have now procured, we are upgrading our 3G network to dramatically improve performance and deliver 4G like speeds even on 3G,” Negi said.

Airtel was focusing on network upgrading throughout the country under Project Leap initiative, where it invested Rs. 60,000 crore to improve mobile coverage and customer experience. Bharti Airtel has rolled out 87,000 sites during the last fiscal under Project Leap.

In the auction held in October, Bharti Airtel emerged stronger by focusing on increasing its 4G network capacity and bought over 90% of the spectrum available in 2,300 megahertz (MHz) band. Bharti Airtel remains as the leader in spectrum market with a share of 22%, followed by Reliance Jio with 19%. Vodafone and Idea have improved their spectrum market share to 15% and 11% respectively, after the auction. However, Idea Cellular Ltd and Vodafone India Ltd do not have pan-India services in either 3G or 4G.

Also Read: Spectrum auction ends after 5 days- Idea cellular buys 349.2 MHz spectrum for Rs. 12,798 crore

The competition between the telecom service providers is intensifying with the entry of Reliance Jio.

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November 25, 2016 7:33 pm 7:33 PM

Strangely, from a few days, airtel has shut LTE services in Ajmer and suddenly the poor 3G signals became stable and speeds doubled silently. I never got 15Mbps on airtel 3G but now it has gone beyond 30Mbps. I don’t know what is going but last time I saw LTE on last Wednesday!

November 26, 2016 11:16 pm 11:16 PM

They have to give unlimited data in 3G with post fun 2mbps at nominal cost to be in the game…. And they should separate 3G and 4G tariffs in my opinion

November 22, 2016 11:54 pm 11:54 PM

Massive customer addition by GSM operators in October 2016
Airtel added 23,26,930 subscribers to take the total to 262.27 million
Idea added 14,36,349 subscribers to take the total to 180.25 million
Vodafone added 11,79,656 subscribers to take the total to 201.90 million
Telenor added 4,06,865 subscribers to take the total to 53.26 million
Aircel added 2,03,182 subscribers to take the total to 90.34 million
So where is the Jio effect… Massive addition by team AVOID in the months of September and October…

November 23, 2016 12:49 pm 12:49 PM


November 23, 2016 8:59 am 8:59 AM

jio chalega to effect hoga, aeise 0.1 mbps speed , own network call drop …. sirf takalif ki effect najar ata he Free ke naam par. LYF phone haat mein pakdake chiuna laga dia JIO ne.

Kirti Delhi
November 23, 2016 11:40 am 11:40 AM


Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 22, 2016 9:37 pm 9:37 PM

4G like speed? So that means, Airtel is trying DC-HSPA+ which is Dual Carrier HSPA+ and uses 900 and 2100MHz. Yeah that’s a good thing, but they’re late…. 3G is kinda fading off with everyone on 4G now. And the max speed Delhiites could get is 21 to 25Mbps on 42Mbps HSPA+.

Rhishav (Kolkata)
November 23, 2016 3:19 pm 3:19 PM

Airtel will use another slot of 2100 Mhz band that it won in the last auction and not 900 Mhz spectrum. That is already alloted for 2G.

Kirti Delhi
November 22, 2016 11:52 pm 11:52 PM

no they can’t use 900 for a circle like Delhi if they do, do they really willing to ditch or degrade the quality of 2G customers?

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 23, 2016 10:46 am 10:46 AM

Of course. To convince them to switch to high speed 3g or directly go to 4g
And they’re gonna use 1800MHz for 2g.

Kirti Delhi
November 23, 2016 11:43 am 11:43 AM

Airtel has 11.3 Million customers in Delhi circle that counts to almost half of the market share 1800 Mhz spectrum to serve only 2G means Low coverage & quality, subs will face many problems, Airtel could eventually endup losing subs to others operators.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 23, 2016 4:40 pm 4:40 PM

Well, that’s Airtel’s problem. I’m not sure how they’re gonna help the 2g customers though. They’ll have to figure that out.

November 22, 2016 11:11 pm 11:11 PM

Its true many has started to move to 4g… But still large percent of smartphones already being used in India is 3g… Also dual carrier HSPA brings with it large voice and data capacity which improves user experience… For 4g handset customers airtel is already providing 4g in Delhi…