The Bharthi Airtel which has been aggressively expanding its 4G LTE footprints in India, now followed by another global carrier, Vodafone. In India, the network operator is also planning to launch 4G services by this end of the year, almost before December.
Today, Vodafone India has announced that it will roll out 4G networks in the country, the regions include Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Kochi part of the first batch to get Vodafone 4G, and these circles together contribute close to 50% of the total data revenues for the operator in India.
Vodafone says that it already has nearly 25 million 4G subscribers across 18 markets, currently. The operator started 4G trials in select circles last month, in preparation for the wider roll out. Notably, the 4G also accounts for 35 percent of data traffic in European markets.
Globally, Vodafone acquired additional 4G LTE 1800 MHz spectrum in 5 circles, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Kerala and Karnataka in February 2014 auctions. And Vodafone also aims at competition against Airtel, which althugh has 4G in several circles and Reliance Jio, yet to launch 4G services by December. Idea Cellular, on the other hand, is said to be planning on launching its LTE services in select locations next year.
In a statement, Vodafone India said:
Vodafone India remains committed towards making significant investments in network expansion and for enhancing overall customer experience. With some of the latest technological developments on the anvil; Vodafone is building a robust and resilient network architecture with a strong backhaul to support the volumes and need for speed from customers.
Further, Vodafone has also announced that it will be rolling out 3G in seven new circles – Odisha, Assam, North East, UP West, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Kerala, in expantion of its overall 3G services to 16 circles across the country.
For now this is it and Vodafone haven’t revealed an eact release date time frame of 4G services in India. Stay tuned for more information.