Bharti Airtel announces to complete 5G roll out in all 22 telecom circles

Bharti Airtel announces to complete 5G roll out in all 22 telecom circles


Bharti Airtel today announced that it has completed its minimum roll-out obligations in each of the 22 Licensed Service Areas (“LSA”) of the country. The telco said that the mandatory requirement for the rollout of 5G services adheres to the guidelines established by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

“With broader 5G opportunities enabled by 26 GHz, the company is poised to continuously drive innovation to create the ultimate Airtel 5G Plus experiences for its customers,” the company said in a statement.

Airtel said that its 5G network is now available in over 3,500 cities and towns of the country, surpassing the 10 million unique customer mark nationally. The company aims to cover all towns and key rural areas by September this year.

Earlier this week, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (“RJIL”) also announced the completion of its minimum roll-out obligations in 22 telecom circles accross the country. 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Akash Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, said, “Honouring our commitment to the Government of India, the Department of Telecommunications and the 1.4 billion Indians towards accelerated roll-out of high-quality 5G services, we are proud to announce that we have taken India to the leadership position globally in speed of roll-out of 5G services. We have of course also completed minimum roll-out obligations for the 5G spectrum allocated to us. Since receiving the 5G spectrum in August last year, our team has been working round the clock to ensure we keep up the pace of 5G roll-out that we had promised to enable pan-India 5G coverage by the end of this year. This is one of the fastest 5G roll-outs of this scale globally and gives India a prominent position on the global 5G map.”

5G servies were first introduced in October last year. At present, only two telecom operators – Airtel and Jio offer 5G networks in the country. 

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Updated: 17 Aug 2023, 06:54 PM IST

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