Idea Cellular to Expand its Network in Delhi to 3G on 900 MHz, and will launch 4G in 8 Circles

Idea CellularIdea Cellular will now has the ability to launch 4G services in Kerala with 10 MHz, and in Maharashtra & Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, and North East, using 5 MHz of contiguous 1800 MHz spectrum won in each of these service areas, besides the right to deploy the 3G services with 5 MHz on the 900 MHz band in the strategically significant metro market of Delhi.

With Delhi metro 900 MHz, Idea Cellular now has the ability to extend its 3G services to 12 circles covering nearly 79% of its gross revenues (Idea Standalone Gross Revenue is Rs. 255,581 million in calendar year 2013). The Company has also acquired additional top up spectrum in 1800 MHz in Mumbai metro and Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh – 2 MHz each, Maharashtra – 4 MHz, Punjab – 3 MHz, Gujarat – 1.6 MHz, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana – 1 MHz each, and Delhi – 0.6 MHz.

With this additional spectrum auction win, Idea’s 6 strategic markets of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra & Goa, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Punjab, and Haryana, representing 53% of its revenues, will seamlessly experience all three Mobility technologies – GSM, 3G, and 4G services in the coming years.

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March 1, 2014 11:49 am 11:49 AM

I am excited about the news – Idea launching 4G in Maharashtra.

I am planning to buy Google Nexus 5. I have an option to buy it in USA and save some money. Considering the specs below, will Idea 4G will work on US model?
North America:
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

Rest of World:
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

February 14, 2014 4:57 pm 4:57 PM

Excited about Idea 4G in Maharashtra. Might port out of Vodafone

February 16, 2014 10:08 pm 10:08 PM
Yeah u should…i feel surprisedif u r not from pune n using vodafone bcuz leavibg pune in maharashtra the speed of vodafone in 3G doesnt go above 2.4mbps In pune itd 3.1mbps (tested it)….Whats the use of paying so much n getting such a crappy speed …Even bsnl 3g for 139rs gives the same speed why pay 250 for that…. In 3G coverage n speed idea is very much serious i get speed till 6.3mbps!! If u dont believe i can send u the img of it…n i get 1gb 3g for 124rs when i call 12125 n c my… Read more »
February 14, 2014 11:44 am 11:44 AM

Ha ha… No! Technology is different even though band is same. Open your phone’s user guide and its technical specs section, there you will find written GSM 900/1800 mhz. For 3g its written UMTS 900/2100 and for 4g lte 1800/2300/700

February 14, 2014 11:29 am 11:29 AM

In delhi, !dea cellular has a tie up with Vodafone for its 3g operations. Now tht they have got their own independent 900mhz of spectrum for delhi. Am desperately waiting for their own 3g services to get start in delhi circle. Coz as far as !dea is concerned this is the only operator in india which is very serious & aggressive interms of expanding their 2g or 3g towers. Thank you !dea for bagging the precious 900mhz spectrum in delhi.

February 14, 2014 9:48 am 9:48 AM
@Tarun, there is some correction needs to be done as Idea has acquired 30 blocks amounting to 6 MHz of fresh spectrum in this auction in Haryana circle. They were not holding spectrum in 1800 MHz before this and had 6.2 MHz in 900 MHz which is valid till 2016 and 5 MHz in 2.1GHz band. So it was a new entry by them and instead of 5 which was minimum for new entrants in 1800 MHz band, they bought 6MHz. 🙂 In Punjab also they are operating on 900 MHz with 6.2MHz spectrum which was taken from Spice Tele… Read more »
February 14, 2014 1:31 am 1:31 AM

Great News IDEA 3G Now in DELHI.

February 14, 2014 1:28 am 1:28 AM

I have waited so long for idea 3g in our delhi circle.

Vineet Singh
February 14, 2014 1:24 am 1:24 AM

Finally Idea 3G in Delhi.

February 14, 2014 12:06 am 12:06 AM

Its really a business step because 2g is now outdated and world carriers are using it just as an back up and to provide IR services. Major problem is the handsets. Now, most of the nokia, samsung and htc smart phones support 900 Mhz 3g but low class ones like micromax don’t. So it will be major pain for them. I am also expecting launching 2g on 850 Mhz even though DOT has opposed it.

And 3g on 450 MHZ? Anybody heard that? One operator in the world uses that frequency even though ITU has opposed that.

February 14, 2014 8:35 pm 8:35 PM

I am interested to know about the LTE performance at 1800MHz. I mean:
1. can it give full bandwidth of data as is the target.
2. how far it can penetrate, I mean indoor connection.
3. how smoothly it can switch tower.

Some people say they get connection problem in GSM at that frequency. Do you have any friend in any country where it is already implemented?

Anybody can help me.
Or, probably a good article for future. 🙂

February 14, 2014 9:00 am 9:00 AM

I have a doubt that, if i have a phone that works on 900MHz and 1800MHz bands e.g. Nokia Asha 206. Then can i use 3g or 4g services on that handset (if launched on these bands).

February 13, 2014 11:37 pm 11:37 PM

I wonder what’s next for Idea.


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