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Videocon Plans To Launch LTE Services In 2013

Videocon Mobile Services, the telecom subsidiary of Videocon Group, is planning to launch high speed LTE services in 2013. The company said that it plans to offer these services in eight Indian states including Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, UP (East & West), Bihar and Jharkhand, claiming to cover 45% of India's population. It's worth noting that Videocon hadn't secured any spectrum during the Broadband Wireless Access spectrum auctions held in June 2010. However, the company had secured 24 blocks of spectrum across 6 circles for Rs 2221.44 crore in the recently concluded 2G spectrum auctions. Videocon claims that this spectrum is paired and liberalised, enabling them to roll out LTE services in the country by adapting a Frequency division duplexing (FDD) network which supports bandwidth-efficient 4G technology. We believe that Videocon is looking to leverage the liberalized spectrum clause mentioned in the National Telecom Policy 2012, according to which the government was planning to establish an appropriate regulatory framework for progressive liberalisation of spectrum utilisation, so as to create technology neutral unified services and enable telcos to deploy any kind of services on any kind of technology platform. Videocon also claimed that this network will also enable operators to get more efficiency from the same spectrum resources and it will provide about 30 times more data capacity than a regular 2G network. It also claims that the cost of LTE implementation will be much cheaper in the 1800MHz band than in 2300MHz band, which comes under BWA spectrum. Videocon 2G service in India It's…

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