Aircel launches GSM in Bangalore, details expansion plans

24 Feb 2009

India cellco Aircel, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s Maxis Communications, has announced the launch of GSM services in Bangalore in the Karnataka circle, the Business Standard reports. The launch represents the twelfth circle covered by the operator, as it continues plans to extend its reach nationwide. Aircel has said it will invest INR11 billion (USD220 million) over the next year to install base stations across Karnataka, and claimed it had spent INR5.5 billion in Bangalore to begin operations. It has 500 base stations in operation in Bangalore already, and expects to install 1,200 additional base stations within the next two months across the entire circle. Aircel has also announced that it aims to invest INR5 billion in the first phase of expansion in the Kerala circle, while it expects to launch in Hyderabad, in the Andra Pradesh circle within the next two weeks. New Delhi, Mumbai and east and west Uttar Pradesh are expected to be covered by the cellco by September 2009. Commenting on the expansion plans, Aircel’s chief operating officer Gurdeep Singh said, ‘We expect to close 2009 with a top line of over USD1 billion (from about USD600 million in 2008), operating in 18 out of 23 circles.’

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