Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service – Airtel Xstream Fiber in Ladakh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. With this, Airtel has become the first private internet service provider (ISP) to roll out FTTH broadband in these remote geographies and bring digital access to customers by connecting them to the data superhighway.

Commenting on the development, K. Rajaraman, secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), 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 is encouraging to see the initiatives of private operators like Airtel to bring high speed broadband to citizens in this area.”

Meanwhile, Vir Inder Nath, CEO, broadband business, Airtel, said, “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.”

Airtel Xstream Fiber’s high speed broadband is currently available to customers in Leh in Ladakh, and Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The company plans to scale the service to other key locations in the regions in the coming months.

Airtel Xstream Fiber comes loaded with advance technology for a superior experience. Its next-gen Wi-Fi routers deliver symmetrical download and upload speeds and can connect up to 60 devices concurrently. This is backed by Airtel’s superior 24×7 customer support and proven network reliability.

Airtel Xstream Fiber is available in 847 cities and towns across India and aims to scale this footprint to 2000 towns by 2025. The company plans to grow its installed homes broadband passes by 150 per cent to 40 million during the same period.

In addition to high-speed data and unlimited local/STD calls, Airtel Xstream Fiber broadband plans come bundled with a range of Airtel Thanks benefits, which include complimentary subscriptions to premium over-the-top (OTT) content.