Every other day, Bharti Airtel is revealing its network expansion plans for each circle in the country. After announcing its network expansion plans in Kerala, Airtel today said that it would continue to make significant investments to expand its operations and network footprint across Tamil Nadu even further. Airtel, under its ongoing network transformation program – Project Leap, stated that it’s planning to roll out 12,000 new mobile sites across Tamil Nadu in FY 2018-19. With this rollout, Airtel is looking to add large network capacity and take high-speed data services deeper into rural areas. This effectively translates to 32 new Airtel mobile sites going live every day across the state. Airtel is planning to increase its 4G user base in the circle.
With this planned rollout, the number of Airtel’s mobile sites across Tamil Nadu will go up by 30% to 52,000 and add to the enhanced network experience for customers. Airtel also plans to roll out 3,000 kms of fresh optic fibre across the state to take its fibre footprint to 17,000 kms. The addition of fresh fibre capacity will support the growth of high-speed data services in the state.
Manoj Murali, CEO – Tamil Nadu & Kerala said, “As part of Project Leap, our network transformation initiative, we will continue to channel investments towards building a world-class future-ready network that touches every citizen of the state. These investments underline our strong commitment to Tamil Nadu and will contribute to the Government’s vision of building a digitally enabled state.”
For the unaware, Airtel is the leading telecom operator in Tamil Nadu with over 23 million subscribers under its belt. Airtel recently launched its VoLTE services in Chennai, enhancing the audio experience to users. Also, it was the first operator to launch 4G services in Tamil Nadu, and its high-speed mobile broadband network umbrella covers all key urban, semi-urban and rural areas including highways, tourist destinations and trade centres. Airtel is also planning to roll out VoLTE across the entire Tamil Nadu circle very soon.