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Sunil Mittal: Airtel will be at the forefront of bringing 5G connectivity to India: Sunil Mittal

Bharti Airtel will be at the forefront of bringing 5G connectivity to India with a powerful network to support the country’s digital economy and has taken the lead in testing 5G services before the competition, its chairman has said. Sunil Bharti Mittal. In a message to its shareholders in the telecom operator’s annual report, Mittal said the Indian telecom operator’s second 5G-ready network is already playing a vital role in delivering strong performance to its customers. .

Airtel was the first operator in India to demonstrate a 5G cloud gaming experience and conduct a successful trial on the 700 MHz band for rural connectivity, Mittal said.

He also said that the government’s crucial reforms announced in September 2021 have ended years of dissonance, and that a more flexible regulatory regime with reduced procedural formalities has emboldened the investment cycle within the industry to modernize and expand India’s digital highways.

Spectrum auctions for next-generation 5G services are scheduled for July 26, when 72 GHz of airwaves worth 4.3 lakh crore at reserve price will go on sale.

Major carriers – Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and

– are set to participate in the auction, while new entrant Adani Data Networks will also bid for some 5G airwaves, largely for captive private use. added 21.5 million 4G subscribers in 2021-22 to cross the threshold of 200 million 4G smartphone customers, which played out when newly acquired spectrum was activated during the year.

The additional spectrum has helped bolster high-speed data capacity and network reach across circles, Mittal said.

“With a stated goal of ARPU (average revenue per user) expansion, your company has been focused on attracting high-quality, demanding customers in the prepaid and postpaid segments,” Mittal said.

Airtel Managing Director Gopal Vittal said, “We are fully ready for 5G. Our core network – radio network and transport network – is fully sustainable. Our sub-GHz footprint across the country now gives us deep indoor coverage.

He said the company enjoys a privileged position in the industry and increased ARPU to `178 coming out of fiscal year 2021-22, the highest in the industry. “The resilience of our customer base has been reflected in our ability to realize the full impact of the rate increase taken in November 2021,” Vittal said, adding that the telecom operator also recorded the highest net additions ever. saved to its broadband base, powered by work. home needs and home study.