Bharti Airtel plans to add more than 13,000 new mobile sites and 4,500 KMs of optic fiber in Karnataka by March 2019.
Airtel will also deploy pre-5G Massive MIMO technology across major business and residential hubs in the Karnataka state to improve data experience.
Massive MIMO expands network capacities by 5-7 times on the same spectrum and delivers superfast data speeds despite large number of concurrent users at the same location. Airtel recently deployed the Massive MIMO solution at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru during the IPL 2018 matches.
Airtel network in Karnataka
4G services on 2300 MHz in 2012
4G services on 1800 MHz in 2015
VoLTE services in November 2017
Airtel network reaches 39,000 villages
Airtel 4G already covers 98 percent of the state’s population for offering mobile broadband services.
“We are the only service provider to cover the entire state with our 4G network and the only service provider in Karnataka to offer ubiquitous 4G, 3G and 2G services,” Surendran C, chief executive officer – Karnataka, Bharti Airtel, said.
Airtel has 29 million plus customers in Karnataka and its network covers over 39,000 towns and villages.