Bharti Airtel Hits 10 Million Subscriber Mark in Punjab

Bharti Airtel, which has over 340 million subscribers in the country today said that it had become the first mobile operator in Punjab to cross 10 million subscriber mark. Furthermore, underlining Airtel’s position as the most preferred network in Punjab, over 52% of all RCom customers and 42% of all Tata Docomo customers ported to the Airtel network recently. With this, Airtel has further cemented its leadership position in the state; thanks to its sharp focus on innovative products and best-in-class services, said the telco in a media statement.


Alongside this announcement, Airtel also revealed that it’s undertaking a massive network augmentation drive in Punjab to further consolidate its market leadership and continue delighting customers. The Sunil Mittal-led company aims to increase the number mobile sites across the state to over 24,500 by September 2018, taking its data services deeper into rural areas and strengthening coverage in cities.

Manu Sood, Hub CEO –Upper North, Bharti Airtel said, “This is yet another major milestone for us at Airtel and we would like to thank all our 10 million plus customers in the State for giving us the opportunity to serve them. We remain committed to providing best-in-class services and lead the market with exciting innovation. As the market gets ready for the next wave of growth, we are expanding our telecom networks wider and deeper across the region and contribute to the Digital Punjab vision.”

Airtel also stated that it has already doubled its 4G network capacity in 1800 Mhz band and will also deploy 1000 kms of additional optic fibre to serve the massive surge in high-speed data consumption over smartphones.

Talking about Airtel in Punjab, it has started operations back in the year 2002 and later on became the first operator to launch 4G services in the circle. In addition, the telco already rolled out VoLTE services in the state. With close to 200 smartphone models now compatible with Airtel VoLTE, customers will soon be able to enjoy HD voice quality with faster call set up. Airtel deployed over 5,800 sites and over 850 kms optical fibre deployed across Punjab in FY 17-18.

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Kaushik Kolkata
August 21, 2018 3:24 pm 3:24 PM

jio at 91.62 lakhs in punjab as on june 2018. So by today they may overtake airtel in Punjab.

Harmanveer Kaur
August 20, 2018 6:45 pm 6:45 PM

Airtel is without doubt, the leader of Punjab Circle, the home of Sunil Bharti Mittal. It has widest coverage and now even LTE signal in all the villages and towns. Worth mentioning, that Jio still doesn’t have its 4G in almost 90% of the villages in bordered districts of Ferozepur, Fazilka and Tarn Taaran.
Only thing airtel should focus on now, is their indoor LTE Coverage. And they will soon again be the No. 1 in India, even after the Voda-Idea merger.

Tushar Malhotra Ludhiana Punjab
August 21, 2018 9:11 am 9:11 AM

I 100% agree to that Airtel has the widest coverage in Punjab but Jio is not far behind.
By the end of 31/3/19, Jio will cover almost every point of Punjab.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
August 20, 2018 10:58 pm 10:58 PM

They don’t have enough sub Ghz spectrum in my opinion.

Deshi Gabru
August 21, 2018 2:16 pm 2:16 PM

I think band 8 (900) 10 MHz enough for lte in panjab

AU(Airtel User)
August 21, 2018 12:16 pm 12:16 PM

IIN Nikhilmumpune, ur opinion is like cheap Chinese brands which shoot from dslr n claim it for scrap huawei honor aka fraud.
Indoor coverage is factored by structure sizes built around towers. Airtel have superior spectrum then vodafone. Does vodafone even have 900 MHz for voice like airtel LoL no as they are poor operator.
Does Vodafone have spectrum more then 5Mhz for data 4G no because they are poor operator.
Vodafone is so poor that they provide 2G 3G 4G in same frequency band in 5 MHz.
Vodafone is so poor that it sold itself to idea.

August 21, 2018 4:41 pm 4:41 PM

@AU In TN circle Vodafone has 6.2 MHz in band 8 and 15 MHz in band 1, which is far better than BSNL and Airtel…!!

Tushar Malhotra Ludhiana Punjab
August 20, 2018 6:39 pm 6:39 PM

I have used all the operators
Airtel vodafone idea Aircel jio and bsnl.
Today I’m using jio as my primary number and airtel as my secondary number.
Airtel’s 3G coverage is the best in Punjab.
But no-one can beat Jio in terms of calling.
Airtel also deducts data inappropriately so that is the reason why I stick to Jio only.
But Jio definitely requires considerable improvement so that customer stick to their network.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
August 20, 2018 10:57 pm 10:57 PM

What will you use when Airtel switch off their 3G within next year or so?

Tushar Malhotra Ludhiana Punjab
August 21, 2018 9:00 am 9:00 AM

I’ve kept airtel as my secondary sim only for incoming purposes as my number is quite old.