India’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers Bharti Airtel’s rollout of 3G services continues apace, with reports that the cellco has inaugurated its third-generation offering in the Andhra Pradesh circle, The Hindu reports. ‘In keeping with our commitment to bring the best to our customer, we today bring the Airtel 3G advantage to the tech-savvy and youthful city of Hyderabad. Over the next few weeks, we will be extending Airtel 3G services to other key locations such as Vizag and Vijawada,’ the operator announced. As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the cellco has already launched commercial 3G services in the Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai, Delhi and Rajasthan circles, having won spectrum for 13 of the country’s 22 calling regions in May last year; it shelled out INR122.95 billion (USD2.66 billion) for the concessions.
Alongside the news that it had extended its 3G footprint, Bharti also revealed that the number of customers that had so far signed up for its 3G services had passed the two million mark. The subscriber milestone follows on from the operator’s announcement at the beginning of last month that it had signed up around 500,000 3G customers.