This will sound as a good news if you are a Vodafone subscriber! India’s second largest telecom operator by subscriber base, Vodafone India, has announced that it will roll out 4G services in five telecom circles by the year end. In February this year, Vodafone India, secured 5 MHz or more spectrum on 1,800 MHz band in telecom circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Karnatka and Kerala.
During a press conference announcing the Vodafone India’s FY15 results, Sunil Sood, Managing Director and CEO, Vodafone India Ltd, said “We are conducting trials right now,”. “We have 4G spectrum only in five circles, so our launch will be in these circles.” he further added.
Vodafone’s decision to roll out 4G network comes at just right time when Airtel and Reliance Jio have been aggressively doing it for quite some time. Especially Reliance Jio may pose risk to Vodafone due to its pan-India 4G license as well as reportedly cheap 4G data tariff.
Further, Reliance Jio has inked a deal with Chinese tech major Huawei to supply 4G devices. Reliance Jio also has plans to roll out its 4G network across 22 circles by end of 2015.
Vodafone India now has 183.8 million subscribers, adding 17.2 million during the past year. In FY15 Vodafone India expanded its 3G services from nine to 16 circles, representing 88 percent of its service revenues; it also invested Rs 8,598 crore in network expansion.
Data now contributes 15 percent of service revenues whereas Vodafone Business Services contribute 13 percent of service revenues. Last year, data contributed 10 percent of service revenues.