Airtel puts Andaman and Nicobar on the digital superhighway – becomes the first operator to launch 4G services in the islands

Airtel puts Andaman and Nicobar on the digital superhighway – becomes the first operator to launch 4G services in the islands

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, today announced the launch of its 4G services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Airtel is the first mobile operator to launch high speed data services on the archipelago, which is now connected to the digital superhighway.

Airtel’s 4G services will enable local residents to enjoy digital services like HD quality video streaming, superfast downloads and uploads, high speeds internet browsing on Airtel’s state-of-the-art FDD 4G network. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also a popular tourist destination and visitors will also be able access seamless 4G connectivity over the Airtel network.

Airtel 4G was formally launched by the Hon’ble Member of Parliament Sh. Bishnu Pada Ray and Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Department of Telecom, Govt. of India via a 4G video call.

Commenting on the launch, Smt. Aruna Sundararajan said, “The launch of 4G services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is another major milestone towards fulfilling our vision of digitally connected India. I congratulate the team at Airtel for taking the lead in rolling out these services in such remote locations and bringing the benefits of mobile broadband to citizens. We ensure the industry of continued support in their efforts to provide broadband access to every Indian.”

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, “We are delighted to launch the first 4G service in Andaman and Nicobar and contribute towards building a truly digitally empowered India. Having given the islands its first mobile network in 2005, we now look forward to serving customers with world-class high speed data services and invite them to experience our 4G network. We would also like to thank the DoT and the local administration for their continued support to our endeavor.”

Airtel 4G services will be available in Port Blair to begin with and will be gradually expanded to other parts of the islands. Customers can upgrade to 4G SIM for free and choose from a range of exciting Prepaid and Postpaid plans that come with premium bundled content like Netflix, Amazon and Zee5. Airtel 4G will be available to customers across a range of smart devices including mobile phones, dongles and 4G hotspots.

Airtel was the first private service provider to introduce the islands to mobile services in 2005. It also launched India’s first 4G network in 2012 in Kolkata.

The 4G rollout is part of Project Leap – Airtel’s nationwide network transformation program