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."
Note, the following tariffs and benefits are related to Delhi Circle only and can vary from circle to circle.
Even non-Airtel customers with an Aadhaar card can open a Savings Account.
Airtel further claimed that it has been providing enough Points of Interconnection way before Jio's commercial launch and post that it started adding the PoIs at a staggering pace.
Market leader Airtel has admitted that space exists for price drops, but is clearly worried about escalating a price war with Jio.
TRAI had imposed these fines on Airtel, Voda and Idea primarily following complaints from Jio.
TRAI on Oct 21 slapped heavy penalties on three telecom players - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular - amounting to Rs 3,050 crore for not providing sufficient PoIs to Reliance Jio
In order to activate these IR packs, one can either visit Airtel's website, download MyAirtel app or use USSD and Customer Care to recharge.
With this expansion, Airtel is now showering its 4G services in 18 circles across 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.