Vodafone has launched 2G and 3G services in Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh. The company also introduced a promotional ‘3G experience card’ that offers 30MB of 3G data with 1 day validity for free. This SIM-card will be made available at Vodafone Stores, Mini stores and multi brand retail outlets in the region.
Vodafone has been expanding its 3G services in the northeast region in recent times. The company previously rolled out 3G series in Jorhat & Guwahati in Assam; Itanagar, Bomdila, Tawang, Along, Basar, Bhalukpong, Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh and Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland. The company currently claims to operate in all seven states in the northeast region, with its network covering 70% of the region.
Project Spring: Vodafone claims that since the launch of Project Spring it have added over 22,000 new 3G sites, apart from the current ones, taking the total to nearly 40,000.The company also claims to have reached an urban population coverage of 94% in target urban areas. The urban population coverage was at 91% in the preceding quarter.
Note that earlier this month, Vodafone announced that it would invest Rs 13,000 crore for increasing capacity and new business initiatives in India. This would be broken down as Rs 8,000 crore for the Digital India initiative to upgrade and expand existing network coverage and Rs 4,000 crore towards other Make in India initiatives.
23.8 million 3G users: Again this month, Vodafone India claimed to have reached 23.8 million 3G Internet connections for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. In comparison, the telecom operator had 13.6 million connections in the same period last year, and 22.1 million subscribers in the preceding quarter. Vodafone’s total data connections stood at 66.5 million.
Vodafone merger case: Earlier today the Supreme Court of India directed telecom operator Vodafone to pay Rs 2,000 crore to the government to approve the merger of its four firms. Vodafone had got a conditional approval for merger of various entities from DoT on December 8, 2014, subject to certain payments. However, the British telecom major represented that such amounts were not payable to DoT.
Our Vodafone coverage here.