Bharti Airtel announced the launch of 3G Services to its customers in India by the end of 2010 . Presently Airtel have acquired 13 telecom circles namely Delhi, Mumbai, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir. These 13 telecom circles also constitute 68% of Airtel’s revenue market share. This includes key metros such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, which account for 21% of all data traffic in the country and are expected to have the strongest uptake of 3G services.
Airtel will be deploying high speed HSPA networks provided by Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Network and Huawei. The High Speed Packet Access network will be the best in world in terms of technology .
In 2006, Bharti Airtel became the first Indian operator to launch 3G services when it started 3G operations in Seychelles. Currently, Bharti Group is successfully running 3G broadband services in four countries – Sri Lanka, Jersey, Guernsey and Seychelles. For India, Bharti will also draw significantly from the expertise of its partner Singtel, who offers one of the world’s most advanced 3G networks in Singapore, Australia, Philippines and Indonesia.
Mr. Sanjay Kapoor, CEO – India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel said, “3G services will mark the beginning of the next phase of India’s telecom growth story and elevate India’s telecom sector at par with most advanced telecom markets in the world. 3G services have the potential to transform the lives of millions of Indians by taking a variety of life enhancing services on high speed broadband to the remotest corners and bridge the digital divide. In addition, 3G services will have a strong multiplier effect on economic growth and bring in enhanced efficiencies. It will be Airtel’s endeavor to lead India’s journey on the information superhighway with world-class 3G services.