Airtel Launches 4G Internet Service in Moga, Punjab
Bharti Airtel announced the launch of its 4G network in Moga, Punjab, which has become the 11th town in the state to have this service.
The other cities in Punjab where 4G service are already available are Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara, Kapurthala and Patiala.
Announcing the launch of the services, Airtel CEO for Punjab, Haryana and HP, Manu Sood, said customers can now experience an all new browsing experience with Airtel’s 4G home Wi-Fi.
Flush with an investment outlay of $3 billion (approximately Rs. 1.87 lakh crores) a year on networks, telecom major Bharti Airtel plans to double its 4G network by next fiscal as it gears up to take on competition, including the much-awaited foray of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries group.
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“We have decided to roll out (4G). We have 20,000 base stations now, in March, and we will be doing another 20,000 next year,” Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said during MWC in Barcelona earlier this month.
Mittal said funds would not be a constraint for the company’s expansion plans as it is spending $3 billion every year on networks alone, excluding spectrum, and its 2G and3G rollouts are among the most expensive in the country.