16January2019

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Airtel Becomes First Operator to Launch 4G Services in Andamans

Port Blair, Jan 16: BhartiAirtel (Airtel), India’s leading telecommunications service provider announced the launch of its 4G services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Tuesday. Airtel is the first mobile operator to launch high speed data services in 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 speed internet browsing on Airtel’s state of the-art FDD 4G network. Andaman & Nicobar are also a popular tourist destination and visitors will also be able to access seamless 4G connectivity over the Airtel network.

The Airtel 4G was launched formally by the Member of Parliament, BishnuPada Ray and SmtiArunaSundarajan, Secretary, Department of Telecom, Govt. of India via a video call.

Speaking on the occasion, ArunaSundarajan 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.”

GopalVittal, MD & CEO (India and South Asia), BhartiAirtel said, “We are delighted to launch the first 4G service in Andaman & Nicobar islands and contribute towards building a truly digitally empowered India. Having given the islands its first private mobile network in 2005, we 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 endevour”. 

Airtel 4G will be available in Port Bair to begin with and will gradually be expanded to other parts of the islands. Customers can upgrade 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 service 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 transforming program.

  • Written by Denis Giles
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