India’s leading telecommunication major Airtel is currently planning to expand its existing 4G network in Kolkata to attract more customers towards it. According to the early estimation the whole project will need a fund of around Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 3,000 crore.
Mr. Atin Ghosh, who is the Mayor-in-Council (engineering and health) of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), provided some lights into this whole matter. Here we are adding a small excerpt from what he actually said while talking with the reporters.
"Airtel officials had met me to increase fibre network coverage by anywhere between 500km and 1000km for expanding 4G services. We had provided Airtel the draft licensing agreement required for cable laying and they have said they will revert in the next 7-10 days. If they lay 1000 km of optical fibre for 4G, the investment will be in excess of Rs. 3000 crore "
We all know that Airtel is the first telecom major of the country that had started providing 4G services for the users. Currently Airtel 4G network is in active in cities like Kolkata, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Pune. Earlier we have informed you all that the telecommunication firm is all set to provide 4G services in Delhi region too by the end of September 2013. It has chosen popular equipment making company Huawei for the network.
But recently Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio Infocomm has shown some real interest to launch 4G network in Kolkata. The firm has already attended an important meeting with KMC in order to get the needed permission for some 750 km of optical fibre network, which will be necessary to get it started.
Now Airtel is clearly sensing that the competitions in this 4G base are very much likely to come in the upcoming months, and for that it is considering to expand its own network to strengthen its grip over this particular market in the city.
Till now the company had invested Rs. 600 crore for the 4G network in Kolkata, and so far the coverage area too is limited in the central business district of the city only. It has taken some needed steps like reducing the tariff rates, expanding the data usage etc to attract more users to use 4G, and it seems like it will continue to do so in the days to come.
Now with the expansion of Airtel 4G in Kolkata, the users of the city should be getting much more coverage area to access this high-speed network. Are you excited to use Airtel 4G in your smartphone? Feel free to share your thoughts with us by commenting below.