Bharti Airtel, one of the India's largest telecom operator has once again joined forces with the Finnish telecom equipment company - Nokia. This time around, it has collaborated with Nokia to expand the deployment of 4G technology in the country to 3 more circles.
The Indian telecom major, at the recently concluded spectrum auction, upped its game by acquiring 173.8MHz of spectrum airwaves to meet the company's requirements for the next 20 years. Continuing its efforts to give a stiff competition to Reliance Jio, the new entrant in the Indian telecom market scene, Airtel has teamed up with Nokia.
And here are 5 reasons why this collaboration could be an inexorable danger for the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio.
3 new circles to get deployed by 4G technology
In addition to the six circles (Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, and Kerala) Airtel already serves, the company is expanding its services to 3 new circles including Gujarat, Bihar, and UP East which only strengthens the company's presence in more circles.
Taking into consideration the overly escalating usage of data in the country, Airtel is expanding the deployment of 4G technology which allows for better coverage eventually leading to customer satisfaction.
Faster mobile internet access
Additionally, the new deployment will allow Bharti Airtel to provide faster mobile internet access which is a win-win for all of us.
Expansion of 3G and 2G networks
While most of the data users in India have moved on to 4G networks, a good number of users are still stuck to 3G and 2G networks. Keeping this in mind, Nokia stated that it will also expand the company's 3G network presence in eight of the territories along with "modernisation of legacy 2G base stations."
Improved spectrum portfolio
Like we mentioned above, Bharti Airtel acquired 173.8MHz of airwaves to expand its spectrum footprint in the country. It has committed a total of Rs. 14,244 crore to acquire spectrum across 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 230MHz bands which will help it to make its presence felt to a greater extent.