Bharti Airtel is planning to invest another Rs 60 billion in Karnataka to enhance infrastructure and augment broadband connectivity. In addition, the telco has also offered the government to use its services for automated meter reading (AMR) to reduce the time taken to generate power bills.
Airtel had presented the plan in a recent meeting held on October 22, 2020, with the state government authorities.
In addition, the Karnataka government proposed that Airtel should also look at setting up data centres, electronic equipment and device manufacturing and renewable energy facilities in the state, to which, the telco responded positively. Airtel will not be manufacturing these devices directly, but can look for partners from whom it may decide to source the equipment.
As of 2019, Airtel had nearly 30 million mobile phone customers on its 2G, 3G and 4G networks in Karnataka. According to industry sources, Airtel has already invested Rs 300 billion in Karnataka.