Airtel interrupts 3G services in Maharashtra, Goa

PANAJI: In line with its plan to eliminate 3G technology, Bharti Airtel announced on Tuesday the closure of the 3G network in Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) and Goa. Airtel mobile broadband services will now be available only on the 4G and 2G network.

Airtel will continue to provide 2G services in Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) and Goa to meet the connectivity needs of customers on feature phones.

“The deployment of 4G and the re-cultivation of the 3G spectrum is in line with our national strategy of focusing on serving quality customers with the best service experience in their class. In addition, it complements the current smartphone ecosystem, which has now overwhelmingly gravitated towards only 4G devices, said the chief executive of Maharashtra and Goa, Bharti Airtel Rohit Marwha.

In Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) and Goa, Airtel has redesigned the 2100 MHz band, which was being used for 3G to further strengthen its 4G network. The company has now deployed cutting-edge L2100 technology to complement its existing 4G services.

Recultivate the 3G spectrum for 4G to further increase the capacity of the network and greater availability of Airtel 4G, therefore, significantly improve coverage within buildings: homes, offices, shopping centers and outdoors, especially during intraurban/interurban transit for 4G smartphone customers.

“All customers in 3G have been duly notified and have been asked to update their phones/SIM to continue enjoying the best smartphone experience in their class. 3G customers who still have to update their phone SIMs will continue to have access to high quality voice services, ”said Marwha.

In Maharashtra and Goa, Airtel uses a solid spectrum bank: 2300 Mhz (TD LTE), 2100 Mhz (LTE 2100) and 1800 Mhz (FD LTE) to offer 4G services to customers.