Airtel ramps up capacity in Mumbai circle

Written by Rachana Khanzode | Mumbai | Updated: Apr 19 2009, 05:11am hrs
With almost six service providers present and more expected to enter the Mumbai circle, Bharti Airtel is ramping up its capacity in the circle. It has doubled up the switch capacity with core network server, IP backend site and multiple fibre parts since last July when a fire broke at one of its offices.

The fire had caused massive disruption of the network and Airtel had to route its services through other service providers. Manu Talwar, CEO, mobility, Bharti Airtel, M&G, said, We have added three switches last year to make sure that there is enough capacity to add up new subscribers while we retain the existing ones. Airtel currently has 2.79 million subscribers in the Mumbai circle and about 5.69 million subscribers in the Maharashtra and Goa (M&G) circle (end of February 2009).

Airtel now wants to focus on in-building sites (IBSs). Talwar said, The in-door cell sites will make us a key differentiator among the existing and the new players in the circle. The firm has already added 2,000 cell sites including 450 in-building sites (IBSs) in the last one year making a total of 9,000 cell sites in Mumbai and M&G circle. About 50% of these new cell sites are based in the rural areas.