Malaysian-backed cellco Aircel is set to roll out 13,000 new 2G, 3G and 4G sites and is planning to launch LTE services for its retail customers by the end of the year, the Economic Times writes, citing Chief Technology Officer Sameer Dave. Of the 13,000 new sites, 5,300 will be 2G whilst the remaining 7,700 will be 3G and 4G combined. ‘While the 3G sites are planned primarily in regions such as Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata and Odisha, the focus for the 2G network expansion [will take place in regions] such as Delhi, Bihar and Rajasthan to improve network performance,’ the official explained.
Aircel currently offers 4G services to enterprise customers in six circles – Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Assam – but plans to launch the service for retail users by December 2015 to stay on a level pegging with its rivals as the market prepares for the potentially disruptive launch of 4G startup Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL). In addition to the above circles, Aircel also has 2300MHz spectrum for LTE services in the North East and West Bengal circles.