Airtel has deployed an additional 5 Mhz spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band along with advance network software tools across its network in the state to significantly bolster high speed data capacity, the company said.
Airtel had acquired large blocks of 1800 and 900 Mhz spectrum for Tamil Nadu during the recent auctions conducted by the Government of India. With this fresh spectrum, Airtel has the largest spectrum bank of 65 Mhz in Tamil Nadu, in addition to the existing spectrum holding across 2300 MHz (TD LTE), 2100 MHz (FD LTE) 1800 MHz (FD LTE), and 900 MHz (LTE 900).
The network expansion will enable improved network availability and data speeds along with better coverage inside homes and buildings in cities and urban areas. Airtel is well positioned to serve the growing demand for high speed data services and its network is fully ready for 5G, officials said.
The deployment also allows Airtel to offer wider coverage along highways and rail routes as well as increase footprint in villages as more people access high speed data services.
Airtel has over 2.7 crore customers in Tamil Nadu and its network covers 98.54% population of the state.
Amit Tripathi, CEO – Tamil Nadu, Bharti Airtel said, “We continue to invest aggressively in deployment of latest network technologies to ensure our customers are enjoying seamless network experience at a time when data is the digital oxygen. The additional blocks of 1800 band spectrum and new technology upgrades will massively enhance our network capacity to serve the growing data requirement of customers.”
Airtel has also deployed advanced network technologies and tools such as pre-5G Massive MIMO, 4G Advanced and Carrier Aggregation to step up high speed network capacity and coverage.