Reliance Jio, Airtel to Invest Rs 74000 Crore in Network Expansion to Curb Call Drops

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio and India’s top telco, Bharti Airtel, will invest a total of Rs 74,000 crore in the next financial year to expand infrastructure to improve the call drop situation and data services, telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan informed media on Tuesday. According to the official, Airtel will spend Rs 24,000 crore to expand the network, having already invested Rs 16,000 crore. Jio, on the other hand, will invest Rs 50,000 crore in installing 1 lakh towers in coming fiscal.


Idea Cellular and Vodafone that are currently going through their merger process will also have also increase mobile towers in their network.

Sundararajan, after meeting representatives from Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio, Aircel, and Telenor among others, also informed that top telecom operators had been directed by the telecom department to complete installation of additional towers by March as per their commitments made last fiscal to improve the call drop situation.

These telcos have also been asked to up efforts for tower installations in Delhi, Mumbai, and areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, which the department said are most affected by call drops.

According to media reports, telcos have been asked to monitor the quality of services and share towers. They have also been mandated to ensure that hospitals, highways and domestic and international airports face lower call drops.

The telecom department will also closely monitor call drops with the telecom regulator, Trai.

Reports said that telcos would meet the secretary on a monthly basis on call drops. The next meeting will include analysis based on call drop rates derived by data collected on the basis of the new rules issued by the Trai in October last year, an ET report said, adding that telcos are submitting their data to the regulator. The Trai is likely to bring out its report by the month end.

During the meeting, Indian telcos said that they now expect an improvement in call drops rates following the government permissions for setting up mobile towers in defence areas, and for installations on metro towers beside small cells.

The secretary also said that her department would also look into the problems raised by the telecom industry. The industry had in the past raised issues like non-availability of towers, non-execution at the ground level despite adequate permissions, non-certified handsets, and illegal repeaters, which were collectively leading to calls being dropped.

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February 1, 2018 11:16 am 11:16 AM

Airtel will just say but wont do.

January 31, 2018 10:10 pm 10:10 PM

I doubt Airtel will do that!!!!!!

Priyansh Singh
February 1, 2018 8:56 am 8:56 AM

Me too..koi operator nahi karega. Sab mil k Humko Pagal bana rahe hain.

Yesterday I went to Jio Care and I’ve !dea as my Primary Operator. I faced too much Disturbance in Voice Call, I couldn’t hear a thing what the caller was saying and that too when !dea is Best in UP(West).

February 1, 2018 1:41 pm 1:41 PM

Nokia 5 got update of Oreo!!!!

Priyansh Singh
February 1, 2018 8:57 pm 8:57 PM

Nikhil Bhai aap pooch rahe ho ki bta rahe ho? Pooch rahe ho toh main bta deta hun ki mujhe nahi mila hai..kal check kiya tha..aur bta rahe ho toh main firse check kar k bta dunga aapko.

February 2, 2018 6:44 am 6:44 AM

I am telling you!!!!! Use Idea in your Samsung and Use Jio in Nokia!!!!! It will be better for you instead of selling your phone!!!!!

Priyansh Singh
February 2, 2018 3:26 pm 3:26 PM

Me : Nokia 5 + Idea (Primary) + AirTel Postpaid (Secondary)

Mother: Samsung + Jio (Secondary) + AirTel (Primary)

I would request her to switch Device. Let’s see if she agrees to it.

Thank you so much for the Suggestion Friend.

January 31, 2018 8:22 pm 8:22 PM

Off topic:

I am planing to buy a Jio phone now.
Is it the right time to buy the Jio phone??

I have heard reliance is partnering with google go and the mediatek processor to launch the ultra cheap mobile. Should i wait or … ?

February 1, 2018 8:16 am 8:16 AM

Actually no time is the right time in the current scenario. With Jio around we can expect the unexpected. If you get a good deal go for it. Else waiting for the best deal would mean waiting till eternity.

February 1, 2018 12:16 pm 12:16 PM

Ya thanks @vinayak.

Then I am going forward to buy Jio phone.