Videocon Targeting July-2013 to Launch 4G-LTE Services

Videocon Mobile ServiceVideocon Mobile Services are looking for a within-six-month launch plans for its 4G services over 1800MHz band which the company has secured in November auction in Jharkhand & Bihar, West and East Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

As per the report by Telegraph India, Videocon is quite sure to roll out its 4G services by July this year. Videocon won liberalized spectrum in the recently-ended auction and can offer services over the 1800MHz band using any technology.

Videocon will use LTE-FDD technology to roll out 4G on 1800MHz band. It should be noted that globally LTE-FDD1800 is getting more importance across the globe, more than 30% of LTE roll outs are on this band. So Videocon can leverage the advantages of LTE-FDD on 1800MHz, as the ecosystem including devices are quite mature compared to other Indian companies – Airtel, Aircel, Infotel, Tikona and Augere who got BWA spectrum in 2010. Till date only Airtel launched 4G-LTE services in Kolkata, Bangalore and Pune.

Mr Arvind Bali, director and CEO, Videocon Mobile Services has said, “Following a successful spectrum allocation, we seek to provide subscribers with enhanced 4G network across the newly won circles in the second half of 2013 which will enable deliverance of best services and great value-for-money products to consumers,”

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  • vinit April 1, 2013 4:30 pm

    we are wating lunching videocon 4g services in up east becz being starting lowest(call rates) price war once against which get benefits of coustmer……then dont late for lunching.
    i hope that videocon services lunch as soon as & i am alread distributor of videocon form name(galaxy assocociate,address-mughal sarai chandauli) jone varanasi.

  • amit srivastav March 9, 2013 6:45 pm

    north UP me vidiocon kab tak lanch hoga pls reply.

  • sarfaraj March 1, 2013 3:55 pm

    videocon ek dum bakwas hai iska net ek dum ghatiya hai

  • SS February 13, 2013 11:19 am

    Hey, whether iphone LTE would work on videocon’s network? In united states, 4G LTE works on 700MHz band

  • Papuni February 4, 2013 7:38 pm

    Can anybody say me that will videocon lunch it’s 2g service in odisha or not pls give me reply .

  • Blackberrian January 22, 2013 12:05 pm

    I think Indfia is still not ready for 4G. The low traction that 3G saw ought to have served as a lesson to the telcos. The issue is not related to technology at all. It all boils down to the fact the people advising the telecom companies (both outsiders and employees) are painting a very rosy picture of the market and it’s due to this that Companies paid through their nose for services that the market was just not ready (knowledge/awareness-wise) or capable of (financially). Telcos need to employ/hire/contract people who can give them a real picture of what the market is at the monent and a realistic timeline of when will it be ready. Alternatively, it could also listen to it’s employees who can provide free information and input about the market reality instead of making heavy investment which will go down the drain and then hire consultants from outside at a hefty premium who will tell them what employees already knew long back. Until that happens, the industry will continue to lose money and the result will be that the cost will be invariably passed down to the consumer.

  • Shahebaz January 22, 2013 10:10 am

    Hello tt,
    My question is can uninor launch 4g in maharashtra??.
    Reply plZ

  • Rupesh January 22, 2013 7:26 am

    Very much excited to test the speed of 4g and specially not from a so called incumbent operators like airtel,vodafone……..the tariff plans will decide the fate of 4g along with coverage. Let’s hope for the best

  • Esmail January 22, 2013 2:03 am

    Has Videocon declared the peak speeds it is going to offer through LTE? since it is competing with other LTE operators who have 20MHz of spectrum in 2300MHz band which will purely be used for 4G LTE while Videocon has only 5MHz spectrum in 1800MHz band and most of which will be used for deploying 2G services. There is no way that Videocon LTE can match up to the competitors speeds.

  • Adil January 21, 2013 9:45 pm

    Feeling lucky to be from up west Saharanpur. I will test the videocon 4g service (if tariff plan be in budget)

  • Saurabh January 21, 2013 7:55 pm

    @Tharun, Don’t blame Reliance (Led by Muku Bhai) over the delay. When 2G was launched in our country and especially after 2002-03, when it went PAN-India, it was too mature to implement as ecosystem for the same was available. But Data Services over 2300MHz band is a something that is new and don’t have its ecosystem established around the world as it is being deployed in different bands. 2G had its band set i.e 900/1800 and device were easily available but thats not the same for LTE which is going through initial phases and will take time to get mature over years. So, going in a hurry possesses a bigger risk as a business i.e why companies are taking their time.

    At a time when 3G isn’t taking up, operators can’t expect much users for 4G as it needs users to buy whole new devices either phones or dongles. We already have the example in the name of Airtel which launched 4G in three cities and able to got only 3,000 odd users.

    Reliance Industries has already invested over $3 billion for spectrum and will have to invest over $7 billion on infrastructure and it is more likely that they won’t get users as people in India find it difficult to upgrade devices as they already invested in one that supports 3G. Now going for 4G devices is not that easy for a country where most of the people are not that rich.

    Telecom Companies will have to keep their focus mainly on providing 4G to businesses, banks, colleges, companies, educational institutions etc. and little bit focus on a normal user or consumers.

    I’ve always of the view that India isn’t ready for 4G networks. I’m not looking at LTE as a mobile technology but as a alternate option to broadband in India. Most of the country people haven’t even tasted 3G due to lower penetration and their devices are lying idle. Expecting them to shift to 4G is illogical and I expect they won’t do. After 2G data success, telecom companies started expecting too much from customers and in the hope of gold, they paid too much and what they actually got is a pebble at the cost of gold. As an analyst I will remain bearish on 4G for few years. :)

    • Tharun George January 22, 2013 1:50 pm

      So RIL is waiting for device or success of 3G first. My question is why is this ideology not followed by Videocon?

      Waiting simply waste time and money. In the 20 years spectrum license they already waste 3 years. Each year cost of infrastructure increases. What did RIL possibly gained by waiting 3 years?

      In the mean time Videocon will start 4G service in 6 months after Auction and start generating revenue even though it might be low at start-up.

  • Rahul January 21, 2013 12:37 pm

    you have mention above “Airtel, Aircel, Infotel, Tikona and Augere who got BWA spectrum in 2010″, so which spectrum these companies have (not 1800Mhz) ???

    • Rudradeep Biswas January 21, 2013 12:54 pm

      they got 2300 MHz in unpaired band – so LTE-TDD is the option for them. While Videocon got 1800MHz, in paired band suitable for more mature LTE-FDD technology.

  • Tharun George January 21, 2013 11:42 am

    Is this a Joke?

    3 years ago RIL got 4G spectrum and still not launched or no dates. 3 months ago Videocon got 2G spectrum and going to launch 4G in July.

    • Rahul January 21, 2013 12:38 pm

      they (RIL) may launch in Mar-Apr 2013….

      • Tharun George January 21, 2013 2:55 pm

        That “may” is been hearing for a long time. In 2010 that “may” was within 1 years. But even after 3 year no sign of launch.

        Till now I thought they have delay launching due to complexity of technology. But Videocon going to prove they can launch in 6 months.