New Delhi, Jan. 3 -- Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Thursday launched its 4G and 2G services in 26 villages in Ladakh to become the first operator offering high speed mobile broadband to these high altitude regions.

These villages are spread across the 150 km stretch from Kargil-Batalik-Hanuthang-Skurbuchan-Khalsi.

"This is a New Year gift from Airtel to the people of Ladakh. We are pleased to bring cheers to thousands of locals in Ladakh with the launch of our 4G & 2G services and bring 26 new villages on the world map for 4G," Manu Sood, Hub CEO - Upper North, Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.

"We remain committed to the government's 'Digital India' vision and will continue to invest in Ladakh," he added.

The 4G services will enable...