Leading telco and Airtel’s biggest rival Vodafone India has announced that it will launch 4G services across Delhi-NCR circle by December this year. The company also revealed that it intends to use superior 1,800 MHz frequency band for the roll out of 4G LTE network in Delhi-NCR circle.
Initially, only key areas in Delhi will be covered and gradually rest of Delhi and other NCR towns such as Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad will be covered in a phased manner. Vodafone has already invested around 350 crores to upgrade its networking equipment.
Kerala and Mumbai are other two telecom circles where Vodafone India intends to start 4G services by December as well. Vodafone is a telecom company of repute and has successfully rolled out 4G LTE networks across several countries. This experience will definitely help in building a world class 4G LTE network in Delhi-NCR circle as well.
Delhi-NCR is an important data market for Vodafone, as 30% of its data revenues are generated here only. Moreover, as per Vodafone, Delhi-NCR’s data consumption has been growing rapidly at 50% y-o-y. So it definitely makes business sense for Vodafone India to first of all roll out their 4G services in Delhi-NCR circle.
Currently Airtel has widest 4G LTE network coverage across India and with Reliance Jio launch just around the corner in December, it will be interesting to see the possible tariff war. Which company according to you will provide best 4G services in India? Please feel free to comment.