20 Facts About Airtel India


Airtel India is the second largest provider of mobile telephony and third largest provider of fixed telephony in India, and is a provider of broadband and subscription television services.

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Bharti Airtel India Limited is part of Bharti Enterprises and is headed by Sunil Bharti Mittal.

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Airtel India has a submarine cable landing station at Chennai, with a connection to Singapore.

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On 20 September 2010, Bharti Airtel said that it had given contracts to Ericsson India, Nokia Siemens Networks to set up infrastructure for providing 3G services in the country.

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Airtel India launched 3G services in Bangalore on 24 January 2011.

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On 27 January 2011, Airtel India launched 3G in Chennai and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

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In October 2017, Bharti Airtel India announced its acquisition of Tata Docomo having roughly 40 million subscribers.

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On 10 April 2012, Airtel launched 4G services through dongles and modems using TD-LTE technology in Kolkata, becoming the first company in India to offer 4G services.

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Airtel India obtained 4G licences and spectrum in the telecom circles of Delhi, Haryana, Kerala and Mumbai after acquiring Wireless Business Services Private Limited, a joint venture founded by Qualcomm, which had won BWA spectrum in those circles in the 4G spectrum auction.

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Airtel India has started their 4G services in Karnal and Yamunanagar in Haryana on 16 June 2015.

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Airtel India started its 4G in Andaman and Nicobar on 15 January 2019.

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Airtel India had previously awarded a smaller contract to Nokia for trial of VoLTE technology in select circles in early 2016.

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On 30 November 2015, Airtel India announced the launch of a network transformation programme called Project Leap.

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Under Project Leap, Airtel India will introduce several technologies such as small cells, carrier aggregation solutions, Wi-Fi hotspots, and several different spectrum bands to improve network coverage in indoor areas.

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On 14 June 2016, Airtel India launched the Open Network initiative under Project Leap.

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In February 2016, Airtel India deployed LTE Advanced carrier aggregation technology in Kerala.

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Cloud communications suite, which Airtel India has announced in Oct 2020, that it will operate as a separate business division.

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Nxtra Data Ltd, a subsidiary of Airtel India, which operates data center services to corporate clients in the South Asian region.

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Airtel India has started a new mCommerce platform called Airtel India Money in collaboration with Infosys and SmartTrust .

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Airtel India stated that the move was part of its strategy to focus on a single television service.

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