Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced the rollout of its upgraded 4G network to 400 towns across the two states of Goa and Maharashtra. The cellco has added new LTE capacity in the 1800MHz band, supplementing its existing 2300MHz time division duplex LTE (TD-LTE) 4G spectrum. Commenting on the launch, Vidur Rattan, CEO (Maharashtra and Goa), commented: ‘We have rolled out a future-ready network across Maharashtra and Goa, with enhanced capacity and [the] latest technology. The addition of the 1800MHz band will enable faster data speeds and better coverage for customers, and add to their mobile experience on our network.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Airtel launched India’s first 4G network in Kolkata in April 2012, and its LTE network is currently available in 21 circles across India.