NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel on Tuesday said it has launched 4G mobile services in Kaksar, the border village of Kargil district in Ladakh, claiming to be the first telecom operator to do so.
“Airtel introduces Kaksar village to high-speed wireless broadband on 4G and get on to the digital superhighway to enjoy uninterrupted service,” the telco said in a statement.
Located 20 kilometers from the district headquarters of Kargil, the mobile services will cover Kaksar and Latoo villages.
“We are delighted that the service will empower our customers in the border villages to access a myriad set of possibilities on their mobile phones. We are grateful to the Ministry of Telecommunications for all their help in making the launch to the LoC region a reality,” said Pushpinder Singh Gujral, CEO – Bharti Airtel, Upper North.
Airtel said that the accessibility to wireless broadband will open up opportunities for customers of the border villages. Young people of the region, in particular, will benefit immensely as they will be able to join a classroom via the internet, it added.
Earlier in June, Reliance Jio expanded its 4G services in Ladakh to a village in close proximity to the Pangong lake. Officials had stated that Jio’s 4G voice and data services have become available in Spangmik village near Pangong lake.