In order keep call drop menace at bay, mobile service major Aircel would have around 3,100 and 2,300 signal-transmitting tower sites or base transmitting stations (BTS) operational in RoB (Rest of Bengal) and Kolkata circles, respectively, by December this year.
“We would set up more BTSes both in both the circles to boost infrastructure network,” Aircel regional business head (east) Virad Kaul said here on the sidelines of launching a range of data packs ranging from Rs 9 to Rs 403 for its customers.
Kaul said Aircel would also roll out 4G services in RoB by December. “Like our competitions, we will unveil 4G across the country wherever we have got 4G licence.”
On launching 4G in Kolkata circle, he said, “We do not hold 4G spectrum here. So, I won’t be able to tell you on that.” In Kolkata, only Airtel is offering 4G services currently, while Vodafone would launch it from December this year.
Growth in data traffic witnessed 300% rise in Kolkata and 250% in RoB circles, he said. Nationally , data business contributed 15% to Aircel’s overall revenue against 13% last year. “It is expected to go up to 20% in the next 3-4 years,” Kaul added.
On the latest data offerings, Aircel national head (data) Sunil Kuttam said, “With an USSD (unrestructured supplementary service data) recharge of Rs 9 per day, subscribers can enjoy 100MB of data for the purpose of basic internet.”