Vodafone India completes the first phase of its planned 4G rollout under the 1800 MHz band with the launch of its services in Mumbai on Wednesday, the company said in a statement. Vodafone also launched their 4G network under the 1800 MHz band in early February ‘16 in telecom circles: Delhi, NCR cities, Bangalore and Kolkata; as well as in Kerala circle Kochi in Dec ‘15 & Kozhikode on Jan ‘16.
The telecom company also said that the five circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Karnataka and Kerala makes up 30% of industry revenues and close to 50% of Vodafone India data revenues. It will continue to expand its services in these circles, the statement added.
The telecom operator is currently offering users 4G SIM exchange with same day postpaid SIM delivery and activation. Its Vodafone’s RED subscribers will be provided with twice the data for the first 3 months; along with complimentary subscription to TV, Movies & Music on VODAFONE PLAY. Additionally, the company mentions its 4G mobile Wi-Fi will support up to 10 devices, although it is not clear if Vodafone is referring to a Wi-Fi device or the tethering function.
Vodafone upgrades its existing 3G networks using 2100 Mhz band
Vodafone has also launched recently launched its own 3G network in Bangalore, Rajasthan, and Northeast Circle (Assam), under the 2100 Mhz band, aiming to build a faster network for its customers, the company said in a statement. The company will continue to offer its 3G services in all of its 16 circles, the statement added.
Vodafone won 5.60 Mhz of the 1800 Mhz band for a total of Rs 1020.99 crore, during the March spectrum auction in 3 circles: Gujarat, Kerala and UP (East). Vodafone spent a considerable Rs 809.20 crore for the 1800 Mhz band in Gujarat only. Earlier in 2014, Vodafone had acquired the 1800 Mhz band in 11 circles including Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP (East).
It also bought 30 Mhz of spectrum under the 2100 Mhz band for a total of Rs 3703.93 crore in 6 circles: Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, North East, Rajasthan and UP (West). The Most expensive 1800 MHz spectrum was Karnataka at Rs 1642.36 crore
4G deployments in India:
– In December, last year Idea launched its 4G services in 5 south Indian states: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.
– In November, last year, Idea Cellular entered into an agreement to acquire the rights to use spectrum currently with Videocon Telecom in the 1800 MHz band in two key circles – Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh (West) – for Rs 3310 crore.
– In October ‘15, Tikona Digital said it would start providing 4G broadband services in the first half of 2016 across 30 cities in five telecom circles.
– In August ‘15, Videocon said it would launch its 4G services in MP, Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab by the end of this year.
– Airtel, which launched commercial operations for 4G services in 296 towns and cities in August, is currently offering 4G data packs starting from Rs 25.
– Reliance Jio Infocomm claims that it is now present in all 29 states in India and has a direct physical presence in nearly 18,000 cities and towns.