India’s largest ISP and telecom service provider Bharti Airtel Ltd said in a recent announcement that it would invest 60,000 crores over a period of three years to upgrade its network for improved voice cum data services and sophistication of the company’s pan-India network as a part of Project Leap.
A majority of the investment will go for building infrastructure as Airtel already generates required radio airwaves. Before the start of next financial year, the company has planned to spend roughly 14,677 crores. Also by March, the company plans to make 60% of its network broadband enabled.
As a part of this plan, Airtel would deploy around 160,000 base stations, which would double its presence. Over this period, Bharti Airtel plans to deploy over 100,000 product services via a combination of WiFi hotspots and indoor solutions.
Finally, as far the Broadband sector is concerned, the company has plans to lay 550,000 km of domestic and international OFC upgrading its broadband speed from 16mbps to 100mbps. It also has plans to use vectoring technology to provide speeds up to 50mbps.
Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO, Bharti Airtel, said in a press meet “The programme, called Project Leap, will see a network transformation. Large parts of this investment will improve voice services. We are confident that “Project Leap” will help Airtel build a smart and dynamic network that will significantly improve the quality of both voice and data services across the length and breadth of the country. More importantly we are excited to share the “Project Leap” plan with each of our customers in their specific locality. Thi,s we believe, will help us serve our customers with transparency and clarity”.
This is a big step taken towards Digital India and expanding Bharti Airtel’s presence. Company’s competition is also growing since Reliance Industries is planning to launch India’s largest 4G network soon. Airtel has a huge number of young fans as far as GSM is considered. When coming to broadband services, it still holds name for false billing (extra charging) and smaller players like ACT Ltd etc dominate. We can see many improvements in the coming years from other big telecom players as India has become the hotspot for smartphone and e-commerce market.