Bhubaneswar: Telecom major Bharti Airtel announced it will add 4,400 new mobile sites across Odisha in the current fiscal to boost network capacity for high speed data and voice services, an official said today.
The expansion in the State is part of the Project Leap initiative of Airtel to scale up network across the country.
The telecommunications service provider is planning to add 4,400 new sites in FY 2018-19, along with an addition of 1,500 kms of optic fiber, in Odisha. While stepping up the data capacities and taking services deeper into rural and unconnected areas, the massive roll-out would mean addition of 1 new site every two hours to Airtel’s future-ready network in the state of Odisha.
“We are committed to offer our customers in Odisha a seamless experience on the best smartphone network. We will continue to invest aggressively in the region and expand our network capabilities with over 15,600 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 ofDigital India,” said company’s Chief Operating Officer (Odisha) Siddharth Motiwale.
The expansion plan for FY 2018-19 follows a fruitful FY 2017-18 which saw 3660 new sites being deployed and more than 500 kms of optic fiber being rolled out in Odisha, extending its mobile broadband footprint to 53,500 towns and villages.
The planned roll-out will augment the number of mobile sites in Odisha by 40 per cent, taking the total number of sites to 15,600.
The addition of fresh optic fiber would extend its fiber backbone to 9,500 kms, supporting the growth of high speed data services in the region.
With VoLTE services launched in June 2018, Airtel is already witnessing a steady surge in its VoLTE traffic in the State on the back of the availability of a seamless 4G network with fallback capability. With the fast growing availability of more Airtel VoLTE compatible handsets, more customers will be able to enjoy HD voice quality, faster call set up with Airtel VoLTE.