Bharti Airtel plans to rollout 8,000 sites and 4,200 km of optical fiber cable in Maharashtra circle for FY2018-19 to further expand its high speed mobile data footprint in Maharashtra and Goa.
While stepping up the data capacities and taking services deeper into rural and unconnected areas, the massive rollout would mean addition of 1 new site per hour to Airtel’s future ready network in the states of Maharashtra & Goa (excl Mumbai).
The expansion plan for FY 2018-19 follows a fruitful FY2017-18 which saw more than 7,000 new sites being deployed and more than 2,600 km of optic fiber being rolled out in Maharashtra and Goa, extending its mobile broadband footprint to 27,000 towns and villages.
Rohit Marwah, Chief Executive Officer – Maharashtra & Goa, Bharti Airtel said, “We are committed to offer our customers in Maharashtra & Goa a seamless experience on the best smartphone network. We will continue to invest aggressively in the region and expand our network capabilities with over 38,000 sites by the end of this financial year. With our enhanced speeds, reach and coverage, we also aim to contribute towards the Government’s vision of Digital India.”
With this planned roll-out, number of Airtel’s mobile sites in Maharashtra & Goa would go up by 25% to 38,000, further enhancing the speeds and voice qualities. The addition of fresh optic fiber would extend its fiber backbone to 21,600 km, supporting the growth of high speed data services in the region.