Voda­fone to launch 4G ser­vices by year-end

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

DELHI: Voda­fone In­dia Ltd, In­dia's sec­ond largest telco, will launch 4G ser­vices by the end of the year, the com­pany an­nounced on Fri­day.

"Im­por­tant data mar­kets in­clud­ing Mum­bai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ben­galuru and Kochi will be part of the first wave of the roll-out," the com­pany said in a state­ment. "In ad­di­tion, Voda­fone In­dia will also roll out its own 3G net­works in seven cir­cles-As­sam, North East, UP West, Ra­jasthan, Kar­nataka, Ker­ala and Odisha-to ex­pand its over­all 3G foot­print to 16 cir­cles across the coun­try."

In July, the com­pany had an­nounced that it was test­ing its 4G ser­vices af­ter it ac­quired ad­di­tional 4G spec­trum in five cir­cles, in­clud­ing Mum­bai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ker­ala and Kar­nataka, in last year's auc­tion. "These cir­cles to­gether con­trib­ute close to 50% of the to­tal data rev­enues for Voda­fone In­dia," the state­ment said.

The launch will make the Voda­fone the third telco to launch 4G ser­vices af­ter Bharti Air­tel Ltd and Air­cel Ltd. Mukesh Am­bani-pro­moted Re­liance Jio In­fo­comm Ltd is also ex­pected to start rolling out ser­vices in De­cem­ber. While Bharti Air­tel has rolled out its ser­vices in more than 300 cities, in 10 cir­cles, Air­cel is re­ported to have rolled it out in six cir­cles. Re­liance Jio is ex­pected to roll out its 4G ser­vices across all 22 cir­cles in a phased man­ner, start­ing De­cem­ber, and is ex­pected to start beta launches this month. Voda­fone has 4G ser­vices in 18 coun­tries with over 20 mil­lion cus­tomers.

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