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Vodafone To Launch 4G By Dec 2015

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India’s second largest telecom company, Vodafone India on Friday (Aug 28) said it will launch its fourth-generation (4G) service by the end of 2015
 
The company said in a statement, “Important data markets including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Kochi will be part of the first wave of the roll-out.” 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.
 
"Testing of 4G services has commenced successfully. Vodafone India has partnered with leading global technology infrastructure service providers for the network rollout. Pan-India 4G services will be launched at an appropriate time”, the statement said.
 
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 February 2014 auction. The five circles together contribute close to 50 per cent of the total data revenues for Vodafone in the country.
 
The launch will make Vodafone the third telco to launch 4G services. Bharti Airtel has already rolled out the service and Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd has had a beta launch and is expected to start rolling out 4G services by the end of this year. Bharti Airtel Ltd will roll out its services in more than 300 cities, in 10 circles while Reliance Jio is expected to roll out its 4G services across all 22 circles.
 
Vodafone has 4G services in 18 countries with over 20 million customers. In preparation for the India rollout, Vodafone India had in 2014-15 set up a record number of over 23,000 tower sites, taking its overall network footprint to more than 1,31,000 sites.
 


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