Airtel brings 4G connectivity to remote Indian islands
The move will pave the way for a range of new digital services to be offered on the islands
Bharti Airtel has become the first mobile network operator to provide superfast 4G services on the remote Indian islands of Andaman and Nicobar.
The move follows the completion of a new, 200Tbps subsea cable that will connect the islands with the mainland.
“The new fibre link marks a major milestone in India’s digital transformation journey as this critical infrastructure reaches the strategic archipelago,” said Sunil Mittal, chairman, Bharti Airtel.
“The fibre link will be a game changer for the region and unlock the true potential of 4G and even 5G in future for customers. Airtel remains fully committed to the Government’s vision of Digital India. We hope the Department of Telecom will accelerate the deployment of USOF for building such infrastructure backbone to complement the efforts of telecom operators to bridge the digital divide.”
Bharti Airtel has been providing mobile network services on the islands since 2005 and is now the first mobile network operator to bring 4G mobile services to the islands.
Andaman and Nicobar has a population of over 380,000 and the launch of 4G services on the island will allow local businesses and government entities to begin their digitalisation programmes in earnest.