Vodafone India will launch 4G services from December starting with Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Kochi. The timing is meant to coincide with Reliance Jio Infocomm’s big plans to do the same in December too.
In addition, “Vodafone India will also roll out its own 3G networks in 7 circles — Assam, the North-East, UP West, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Kerala, and Odisha — to expand its overall 3G footprint to 16 circles across the country”, Vodafone said in a statement to Economic Times.
For now, Vodafone is testing its upcoming 4G services and partnering with global technology infrastructure service providers for the network rollout.
The Economic Times reported that, It is also putting in place a robust architecture “to support volumes and deliver high network speeds since customer experience is slated to be the key differentiator in the high stakes 4G battle.”
The Hindu reported that, “Vodafone India had successfully acquired additional 4G (LTE) spectrum in 5 circles — Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Kerala and Karnataka in February 2014 auctions”. These circles together contribute around 50% of total data revenues for Vodafone India.