Vodafone will launch its 4G services by end of the calendar year 2015 (by December), the operator today said in a press release. Vodafone is currently testing its 4G services.
“Important data markets including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Kochi will be part of the first wave of the roll-out. In addition, Vodafone India will also roll out its own 3G networks in 7 circles – Assam, North East, UP West, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Kerala and Odisha, to expand its overall 3G footprint to 16 circles across the country,â€ the No 2 telecom operator of India said today.
Vodafone had acquired additional 4G (LTE) spectrum in 5 circles viz. Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Kerala and Karnataka in February 2014 auctions. These circles together contribute close to 50 per cent of the total data revenues for Vodafone India.
Globally, Vodafone has launched 4G in 18 countries. It claims to have over 20 million 4G customers across the group.
“Over the last few months, Vodafone India has taken several steps to modernize its radio network and switching systems. Charging platforms have also been upgraded to facilitate a wider bouquet of products and services. Major investments have been made in high capacity Fibre/backhaul to significantly increase the internet connectivity to the rest of the world,â€ the operator further added.
Airtel was the first operator of India to roll out 4G services in the country. It is already offering its 4G network in 296 towns in India. Reliance Jio, which has got pan-India 4G license, is also expected to roll out its 4G network by December.