Telecom operator Airtel has announced its massive network roll-out plans for FY 2018-19 to further expand its high speed mobile data footprint in Maharashtra and Goa.
As a part of its network expansion program – Project Leap, Airtel announced its plans to add more than 8000 new sites in FY 2018-19, along with an addition of more than 4200 KMs of optic fiber, in Maharashtra and Goa. While stepping up the data capacities and taking services deeper into rural and unconnected areas, the massive roll-out would mean addition of one new site per hour to Airtel’s future-ready network in the states of Maharashtra and Goa (excl Mumbai).
The expansion plan for FY 2018-19 follows a fruitful FY 2017-18 which saw more than 7000 new sites being deployed and more than 2600 KMs of optic fiber being rolled out in these states, extending its mobile broadband footprint to 27000 towns and villages.
Rohit Marwha, Chief Executive Officer – Maharashtra & Goa, Bharti Airtel, said, “We are committed to offer our customers in Maharashtra and 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, the number of Airtel’s mobile sites in these two states 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 KMs, supporting the growth of high-speed data services in the region.