Idea Cellular has announced its plans to enhance the 4G capacity and bandwidth in Maharashtra & Goa circle. Idea has been one of the top telecom operators in Maharashtra & Goa circle, in terms of subscriber base and network infrastructure. The operator is in the process of doubling its current 4G capacity by adding 5 MHz spectrum in the 1800 MHz band which will result in Idea 4G customers experiencing speeds at least double or even three times than the current speeds.
Idea is the only operator in Maharashtra & Goa circle that deployed two carriers on 1800 MHz FDD band for 4G making it the largest capacity 4G FDD network in the circle.
Furthermore, Idea has also planned the rollout of 4G services on 2300 MHz TDD spectrum band in the circle. The company is already in the process of setting up sites for enabling its customers to access high-speed 4G services on the TDD band.
For Idea customers with handsets that support Carrier Aggregation of both the FDD and TDD bands, the 4G experience will be far more enhanced with up to 3.5x increase in internet speed, while customers with handsets that do not support Carrier Aggregation will also experience up to 2x increase in internet speeds.
Idea Cellular currently has over 7200 4G sites covering over 525 Census towns and 7,100 villages in Maharashtra & Goa, and it will soon be operating on the double 4G capacity to enable Idea customers to experience faster download and upload speeds in the coming days.
Also, Idea has already planned to add over 3,700 broadband sites in FY18. Idea plans to expand its network to over 34,000 sites in Maharashtra & Goa, by the end of this financial year.
Apart from developing the network infrastructure, Idea is also providing exclusive 4G offers on a range of smartphones through leading e-commerce portals such as Amazon, Flipkart, and retail stores. Idea is providing additional data and voice benefits by partnering with device manufacturers.