Bharti Airtel will shut down its 3G network across India's 22 telecom circles by March 2020, and increase its focus on providing 4G services, a top company official said.
The company started the process when it wound down the 3G network in the Kolkata circle. It, however, continues to provide 2G services for feature phone users.
"This has worked very well in Kolkata. Now we will do this process across India. By September, we will shut down six to seven circles and by March, the entire 3G network pan-India will shut down," Bharti Airtel chief executive Gopal Vittal said.
This marks the first phase-out of the 3G technology in India, which is now increasingly moving to 4G, triggered by the entry of 4G-only Reliance Jio in September 2016. Rival Vodafone Idea continues to provide 2G, 3G and 4G services.