Vodafone India has announced it will launch its 4G mobile services by
December 2015. Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, and Mumbai – the five
circles it had acquired additional spectrum for in the February 2014
auctions – will be part of the first wave of the rollout.
operator will also roll out 3G networks in seven additional circles –
Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, North East, Rajasthan, UP West, and Odisha –
taking its overall 3G footprint to 16 circles across the country.
Vodafone India in a statement added that testing of its 4G services had
already begun, and said it is looking to build a “robust and resilient
network architecture” to support the volume of customers.
Vodafone India said the five circles it is rolling out its 4G LTE networks in
together contribute close to 50 percent of the total data revenues for
the company currently. The operator said its current overall network
footprint was more than 131,000 sites, and has been at work modernising
its radio network and switching systems. It points out the group offers
4G services in 18 countries, with over 20 million customers.
the expertise and experience of launching in so many global markets,
Vodafone understands the needs of the 4G customer and is well positioned
to launch 4G pan India at an appropriate time,” the statement added.
early this month announced
the rollout of 4G mobile services in 296 towns across the country. The
commercial launch follows the telecom operator’s 4G trials in major
cities across the country over the past year. These cities included
Delhi, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Madurai, Chennai, Coimbatore, and