Jio, Airtel deploy additional spectrum

25 May 2021

India’s two largest cellcos by subscribers Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) and Bharti Airtel have announced that they are deploying additional spectrum across several circles to boost 4G connectivity in the regions, the Economic Times reports. According to the local daily Jio deployed extra spectrum in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, adding 5MHz apiece in the 850MHz and 1800MHz bands and 10MHz in the 2300MHz range. The airwaves had been awarded to the company as part of the spectrum auction completed earlier this year. Airtel quickly followed with its own announcement, confirming its deployment of its own newly-acquired frequencies in the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu circles, alongside plans to augment its networks in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh East, Kerala, Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand. In Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Airtel rolled out additional 1800MHz frequencies – 11.2MHz and 5MHz, respectively – whilst its networks in the other areas will be bolstered with extra 900MHz spectrum. Airtel is also planning to deploy additional 1800MHz and 2300MHz airwaves to Punjab and Odisha, whilst in Madhya Pradesh the company is planning to add extra 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2300MHz frequencies.