Airtel Nigeria, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has expanded coverage of its 3.5G wireless network in Oyo State, enabling the cellco’s subscribers in the region to access mobile broadband at higher speeds, Vanguard reports. ‘Oyo State is central to the operations of Airtel, and in our quest to recreate a uniquely wholesome telecoms experience in line with our vision of becoming the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians, we are renewing our contract with the Oyo people by empowering them to succeed through our ‘3.75G’ network footprints, innovative offerings, pocket-friendly value propositions and customer-focused initiatives,’ Airtel Nigeria’s COO
and executive director, Deepak Srivastava, said at a ceremony in Oyo State capital Ibadan to re-launch the Airtel brand. In February 2012 Airtel announced that it had boosted the maximum download speed available across its third-generation network to 42Mbps, following the implementation of Dual Carrier HSPA
+ (DC-HSPA+) technology. At that date, the network was available in parts of all 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, notes TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.