Bharti Airtel today announced the launch of its Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband service Airtel Xstream Fiber in Ladakh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The company in a statement said that it has become the first private Internet Service Provider (ISP) to rollout FTTH broadband in these remote geographies.
The service is currently available to customers in Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Leh in Ladakh. Airtel is planning on scaling the service to other key locations in the regions in the coming months. Airtel Xstream Fiber had over 4.8 million customers as of March 31, 2022.
“We are delighted to bring Airtel Xstream Fiber’s high quality broadband experience to these regions. The post pandemic era has led to a surge in demand for high speed broadband in homes, especially for work for home, online learning as well as online entertainment. Airtel is investing aggressively to serve this customer need and plans to expand its FTTH footprint to 2000 towns across the country over the next three years and contribute to a digitally connected India.”Vir Inder Nath, CEO – Broadband business at Bharti Airtel
The FTTH service is available in 847 cities and towns across India and aims to scale the footprint to 2000 towns by 2025. The company is planning to grow its installed homes broadband passes by 150% to 40 million during the same period.
Sh. K. Rajaraman, Secretary – Department of Telecom, Government of India said, “We congratulate Airtel on the launch of its FTTH service in Ladakh and Andaman and Nicobar. The commissioning of the undersea cable link between Chennai and Port Blair by the Honourable Prime Minister last year has brought high speed data connectivity to the region as part of the Government’s Digital India vision. It’s encouraging to see the initiatives of private operators like Airtel to bring high speed broadband to citizens in this area.”