Bharti Airtel has started implementing its network transformation program ‘Project Leap’, entailing an investment of 60,000 crore across the country towards this strategic project in the next 3 years.
“We see Project Leap as a transformation program that will significantly improve the quality of both voice and data service across the length and breadth of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Circle,” said Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Chief Executive Officer, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bharti Airtel.
He further added that the investment in this region would largely be towards upgrading and modernizing its network, expanding the mobile broadband network to rural areas and laying optical fibre both locally and internationally.
Recently, the company announced an investment of Rs 60,000 crore in its network transformation program ‘Project Leap’, over and above Rs 1, 60,000 crores, Airtel has already invested in its active and passive network, spectrum, fiber, submarine cables and systems till date.
‘Project Leap’ will be the largest deployment of network infrastructure in the history of India. Under the program, by March 2016 over 60 percent of Airtel’s network will be mobile broadband enabled. In three years, Airtel will deploy over 1,60,000 base stations, doubling its presence from what it has today. The company will swap its legacy networks and base stations over a three year period and replace them with smaller, more compact and efficient technologies that will significantly improve customer experience. All these modern base stations will use a single radio access network to manage multiple spectrum bands.