Monday, 9 March 2015

Airtel to double 4G network by next fiscal: Sunil Mittal

BARCELONA: Flush with an funding outlay of $ 3 billion a yr on networks, telecom main Bharti Airtel plans to double its 4G network by next fiscal because it gears up to tackle competitors, together with the a lot-awaited foray of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries group.
“We have determined to roll out (4G). We have 20,000 base station now, in March, and we will probably be doing one other 20,000 next yr,” Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal stated right here.
Mittal stated funds wouldn’t be a constraint for the corporate’s enlargement plans as it’s spending $ 3 billion yearly on networks alone, excluding spectrum, and its 2G and 3G roll-outs are among the many costliest within the nation.
The firm can be rolling out cellular tower websites to use its 20MHz broadband wi-fi entry spectrum, which Mittal stated is ‘life saving’ as 3G networks at the moment are choking up in metros and tier 1 cities.
Companies, together with Airtel, at current have solely 5MHz of 3G spectrum in choose elements of nation and the federal government has put one other 5MHz block of 3G spectrum within the ongoing public sale.
Speaking on the sidelines of lately held Mobile World Congress, Mittal stated Airtel, by way of its newly inked partnership with China Mobile, will attempt to deliver down worth of the smartphones that may help all networks, to under Rs 6,000 apiece in a yr to push utilization of networks.
“In my view, in 12 months time you’ll have $ one hundred smartphones. You have already got $ one hundred smartphones. What I am saying is it must be multi-mode, multi-band. Customer says give me good velocity, good high quality network so if he drops from 4G, he should join to 3G and if he drops from 3G he should join to 2G,” Mittal stated.
He stated the partnership with China Mobile provides Airtel an “financial system of scale” and it is going to be in a position to decrease its capital expenditure considerably.
Mittal stated driving down value of equipments, units, establishing requirements for next era know-how like 5G and trade of greatest practices are essential aims of this partnership with none fairness transaction.
“Funding is just not a constraint. Every yr we’re spending $ 3 billion into networks aside from spectrum. Our roll-outs of 3G, 2G are the costliest roll-out within the nation,” he stated.
On the expansion potential of 4G networks within the nation, Mittal stated Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm put collectively will probably be 10% of China Mobile’s 4G network by 2015-sixteen Times of India