Videocon’s Telecom Ambition: 4G by End of 2013 & Pan-India Expansion on Cards

Indian conglomerate Videocon Group’s mobile services have an ambition plan – to go ahead with 2G and 4G services, bypassing 3G services (which cost huge money for operators and now a headache due to lukewarm response). The company, which lost permits in 21 circles by court order, secured spectrum in 6 circles and now offers/will roll out services in total of 7 circles – Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh East and West.

Videocon 4G

There is constant updates from Videocon regarding its future plans for Indian telecom. The company plans to roll out 4G services on 1800MHz band, as they hold 5 MHz spectrum in each circle. Though the spectrum is very limited for simultaneous 2G and 4G services, the technology they are going to use is LTE-FDD on 1800 MHz band, which accounts for 44% of total LTE deployment across the globe; as a result Videocon will use more mature technology with better handset options & ecosystem. The company has plan to roll out its LTE/4G services on commercial basis by the end of 2013.

As Videocon has only 5 MHz spectrum for both 2G and 4G, the company plans to auto-allocation of spectrum for 4G during peak and off-peak hours. In peak hours Videocon can provide upto 9 Mbit/s over its upcoming LTE network and during off-peak hours speed may go upto 21Mbit/s.

Expansion – Pan India basis

Recently Mr. Arvind Bali, Director and CEO of Videocon Mobile Services announced they will trigger another round of tariff war as the company plans to offer voice and data at atleast 25% less compared to other operators in the market. As an initiative to make free roaming Videocon is now offering free incoming calls in its 7 circles for its customers without any special tariff vouchers.

Videocon right now is offering services in Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, and is geared up to roll out services in remaining three circles. The company aims to go pan India in next 2 years by phased manner and selecting area wise. Mr. Bali hinted it may choose south corridor for next expansion.

Our Take:
Videocon when launched its 2G services, it had a big ambition to reach 100 cities in a fastest roll out process. But soon the momentum lost and later their licenses got cancelled. Thogh Videocon offers very competitive tariff, on 4G it is a different game as Reliance Industries’s subsidiary Jio Infocomm is going to hit the market with massive mass-marketing plans. Though Videocon group is quite close to Mukesh Ambani, it would be interesting how Videocon reacts.

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  • Vivek Sindhu April 10, 2013 3:42 pm

    Videocon mobile services is doing good efforts as it is new in race and also runs swiftly with making happy to its subscribers……………..

  • Durga prasad singh April 6, 2013 3:21 pm

    When videocon group launch 2g mobile services in up east & west…….

  • jitu shah March 31, 2013 7:20 pm

    dear dhoot
    are mumbai bandh kiya abhi firse sapne dekhta hai . tumhe kon khada karega .
    kitna fasayega sabko

  • nihit March 26, 2013 4:10 pm

    videocon will have to lower tariffs to survive in market

  • Hdsf March 26, 2013 12:38 pm

    Videocon should just close down. Nobody buys their TVs and nobody uses their mobile service. Most people today dont even know either exist.

  • yash March 26, 2013 10:04 am

    they should stop stop venturing into telecom, as such they have been a big flop on der original domain like selling white goods..

  • Jaweed Abdul March 26, 2013 9:05 am

    April Fool Banaya

  • Saurabh March 26, 2013 8:54 am

    Ambala, Haryana

    We will get the idea of how Videocon Tele gonna perform and whether they go for Pan-India presence in future from their operations in 7 circles. If somehow they manage to get good chunk of subscribers and healthy market share in these 7, it will push company to go for more circles. As far as their 4G ambition is concerned, they are thinking of it more as an Internet Service Provider to tap the data market. What it means is their approach will be more of reaching Internet/Broadband users across these circles that will turn company into a good wireless Internet service provider. As the spectrum is liberalized, they can keep some part of it for data only. Company has also said that they will add more spectrum in these 7 circles.

    HFCL’s Connect in Punjab doing the same i.e providing wireless Internet using the spectrum via dongles and they are also partner of Videocon there.

  • Video koun ? March 26, 2013 3:09 am

    When videocon bring new data plan 2gb gprs pack i was happy coz. it was so cheap . so i bought videocon sim card on morning and in the mid night speed was pathetic as the beginning . Historical Moment :”sim card was killed by me :(” #frustration

    Moral : “videocan Sucks :(
    improve your 2g network first then think about 3g and then 4g :p

  • Tiju March 25, 2013 9:36 pm

    I think Videocon is Reliance B team.

  • shivlu jain March 25, 2013 9:22 pm

    are they planning to launch dongles…because hard to get mobile subscribers.

  • XkabirX March 25, 2013 8:49 pm

    Aate hi Sachin se ad karwaane lage the barbaad to hone hi the.

  • SS March 25, 2013 7:15 pm

    Good luck Videocon! We hope you would bring some exciting tariff plans for 4G not like those moronic operators. I am ready to pay upto Rs 1000/month if you give me unlimited access without FUP or capping.

    Hey will 1800 MHz band support iphone or lumia smartphones? Will it support voice calls or VOIP? Rudradeep- pls. answer

    • Esmail March 25, 2013 11:06 pm

      iPhone 5 has two model variants, A1428 and A1429 the one which is popular and being used by AT&T in USA is A1428 which supports the 700MHz b band this model will not work with videocon’s LTE, but the A1429 model supports LTE on 1800MHz this model will work with Videocon LTE.

      • Sreedhar March 25, 2013 11:38 pm

        But brother how many people in India can seriously afford iPhone. they have to plough some way to launch devices at low cost and affordable plans. i think this is main drawback of 3G in not reaching masses and met debacle. If this plight continues with 4G, it meets the same fate of 3G.

  • Adil March 25, 2013 6:27 pm

    All the best to videocon and there team.
    Hope you (videocon) prove all those negative comment wrong and again bring a tariff war in India……

  • Abhinav March 25, 2013 4:13 pm

    ” Beta tumse na ho payega… :)” Anyway Good luck VIDU….:)

    • Rudradeep Biswas March 25, 2013 7:05 pm

      +1

    • Emad March 26, 2013 7:57 am

      LOL :mrgreen:

  • Amit March 25, 2013 4:11 pm

    Videocon slogan Pakdo life ka har signal, mobile phone bechara signal pakdta hi rhe jata hai kabhi aisa bhi kardo ki signal mobile ko bhi pakad le:P.

    Cant wait to see Videocons pathetic 4G service.

    • Tahir November 14, 2013 11:43 am

      Gujarat me kab tak Shuru Ho Jayega

  • Raman March 25, 2013 4:07 pm

    Videocon is in huge losses from mobile business, i don’t understand whos funding them for all this.Somebody should tell Mr Doot to shut down services in remaining 7 circles also as there is no use in providing these kind poor services.

    @ Piyush totally agree with you, In Punjab they are giving worst service.

  • Piyush March 25, 2013 3:56 pm

    Videocon doesnot stop making jokes, 2G to theek tarhe se de do phir 4G ki bat karna. These kind of statements from videocon makes us laugh :)

  • Kaushik Roy March 25, 2013 3:52 pm

    THEY ALSO HAD BIG PLANS IN EARLIER SPECTRUM ALLOCATION IN 2008
    BUT FAILED MISERABLY

  • Tharun George March 25, 2013 3:45 pm

    Does 9Mb/s meet 4G or LTE standard?

    Anyway a minimum 2Mb/s is all what we need and it will be better than 3G speed. Rest all depends on their tariff plans.

    • Rudradeep Biswas March 25, 2013 7:01 pm

      On smartphone you need 1Mbit/s and you can do endless stuffs! :)

      • Tharun George March 25, 2013 10:42 pm

        3G can delivery 1Mb/s at most times. But its costly and when it gets cheap it will be slow as it cannot hold many users at once. So only LTE is the solution.

        Hope LTE will be fast and cheap at the same time.