Further, as a part of this initiative, Nokia will also expand the operator's 3G network in eight of the territories as part of this rollout and modernization of legacy 2G BTS.
Airtel, which was offering 4G services in six circles till now, has expanded its 4G coverage to nine circles with the addition of three new circles. Airtel also claimed to have acquired more mobile broadband spectrum through which it will provide improved coverage and faster mobile internet access.
Bharti Airtel will now deploy its 4G (FDD-LTE & TD-LTE) services across nine circles in India including the regions of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rest of Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala and UP East, serving major cities such as Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Patna and Siliguri. Further, as a part of this initiative, Nokia will also expand the operator's 3G network in eight of the territories as part of this rollout and modernization of legacy 2G BTS. Nokia will also provide services such as network integration and network planning and optimization.
In a statement, Bharti Airtel states: "We are pleased to continue to leverage Nokia's leading radio access technology and services expertise to expand 4G capacity and coverage and further increase the quality of service for subscribers."
Sanjay Malik, head of India Market at Nokia, said: "We have a long history of working with Bharti Airtel and with this latest agreement we have become the largest supplier of 4G for the company. This network expansion will provide the capacity, coverage and speeds the company needs to meet the next wave of data demand in India."
Similar to its other circles, Airtel has deployed its FD LTE technology in the 1800 Mhz band to roll out 4G services across Madhya Pradesh.
As per the offer, on a recharge of Rs 259, one will immediately get 1GB 4G/3G data and the remaining 9GB data can be availed through MyAirtel app.
The telecos, which are fighting a bitter war to retain customers, are now offering lucrative deals on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to gain high end customers.
To be eligible for the offer, Airtel users have to opt for any Airtel Infinity postpaid plan.
Airtel 4G services now available across 17 circles in India.
The packs are applicable to both postpaid and prepaid customers.
With Jio offering free data for all users till December 15, Airtel and other operators are devising new strategy to lure customers.
Over 50,000 subscribers per day activating their Airtel mobile SIMs in a matter of few minutes.
The teleco also claimed that there are no call drops in Jio to Jio calls.
Meanwhile, Jio and BSNL have signed a roaming pact allowing their subscribers to use each other's network while roaming.