Tuesday, 25 February 2014

First in the country to cross 200 million subscribers!!

There is something new about this New Year for Airtel. A new beginning and a new milestone. Airtel has rolled out 4G service to mobile phone users in Bangalore. Not only this, it has also picked up Loop mobile for Rs. 700 Crore. Under the new arrangement, Loop Mobile’s 3 million subscribers in Mumbai will join Airtel’s over 4 million subscribers fetching Airtel’s total subscriber base in Mumbai to 7 million.

Now comes the big news. Airtel has broadcasted that it has crossed the 200 million mobile subscriber mark in India. It is also the first one to cross the 200 million mobile user mark. Airtel is the largest telecom operator in India, both in terms of customers and revenues. This operator has added 100 million users in less than 5 years. Erstwhile to this, it had spanned the 100 million mark in 2009.

Gopal Vittal, Joint MD & CEO (India), Bharti Airtel said in a statement, “We are delighted to have reached this major milestone. It is gratifying to see the trust our customers have reposed in our brand and it will be our endeavor to continue delighting them with innovative and world-class services. We will also continue to invest towards building a robust data network of the future and be at the forefront of India’s mobile broadband revolution”.

The leading world-wide telecommunications company further brought out that its distribution channel is spread across 1.5 million outlets, with network attendance in 5,121 census and 460,655 non-census towns and villages in India crossing roughly 86.7 percent of the country’s population. Airtel has the major rural mobile customer base in India with over 88 million mobile customers (from rural markets).

Airtel is aimed by the idea of furnishing reasonable and pioneering mobile services to all. Airtel has African operations in Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

According to statistics from the Cellular Operators Association of India, a lobby group, with about 29% market share, Airtel was ahead of Vodafone which had 162.18 million mobile subscribers (23% share) and Idea Cellular that had 130.2 million subscribers (18.5% share), at the end of January.

Airtel has India’s broadest 3G footprint, presenting customers high-speed internet access and a horde of inventive amenities like Mobile TV, video calls, livestreaming videos and gaming. Airtel is the single mobile operator in India to extend 4G services with TD-LTE equipment, rendering customers the quickest wireless facilities with buffer-less HD video streaming and multi-tasking proficiencies.

The company got its first permits for mobile telephony in November 1994 and started services in 1995.


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