Idea enhances 3G services on 900MHz in Pune and Nashik

Idea Cellular has expanded its 3G services in Pune and Nashik by the launch of its first ever 3G internet expressway in the areas. The extra 700 cell sites in the 900MHz band are built on the 1,500 3G cell sites and over 1,540 modernized 2G sites, providing additional capacity for the data users. Within the next one month this count will be doubled. Thereby, the 3G users in these two cities will now have better internet experience.


Idea has over 2.43 crore active consumers in the circle. Across Maharashtra circle, the provider has its 2G and 3G presence across more than 34,000 towns and villages, with 8,500 3G cell sites and over 11,700 modernized 2G sites.

“Mobile users in the cities of Pune and Nashik are amongst the most highly evolved consumers in the country with high usage of both voice and data services. Over the last two years, Idea has invested heavily in acquiring spectrum in the most efficient 900 MHz band and is now setting up a future-ready, modernized network to cater to the growing demand of mobile users. We are confident that with the launch of 3G services on 900 MHz, the people in these cities will be able to meet their ever increasing demand in a far more efficient manner,” said Mr. Rajat Mukarji, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Idea Cellular.

Idea plans to launch wide products and services for 3G customers in the cities, including 900 MHz dongles, bundled voice and data offers, sharing and customisable plans, etc.

“Idea has over 2.43 crore subscribers in the region with over 20% being Data users. The existing 3G users will experience enhanced services and product offerings, while the new subscribers will benefit from our affordable 3G tariffs and superior jam-free network offering better voice and data experience. We are also in the process of expanding our network of world-class service centres throughout the region,” added Mr. Rajendra Chourasia, Chief Operating Officer – Maharashtra & Goa, Idea Cellular.

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March 24, 2016 12:19 am 12:19 AM

Off topic.. Confirmed today Rcom has stopped roaming agreement with Tata Docomo for 3G roaming.. Rcom users can still latch to docomo network but only for calling.. Data wont work.. Rcom users can latch to Aircel 3G for data.. I frequently travel to Maharashtra and Gujarat.. No 3G for rcom customers now in these states only 2g since Aircel 3G not present here.. Will have to port out now 🙁 waiting for Jio 🙁 🙁 🙁

Rahul R Patil
March 24, 2016 9:27 am 9:27 AM

If you are waiting for Jio then you need not port out as RCOM & Jio subscribers will get free roaming on each others network free of cost as per agreement 🙂

March 27, 2016 5:25 pm 5:25 PM

Ya but rcom is only allowed to roam on jio’s 850mgz spectrum n not 1800 n 2300 so coverage for rcom users will be poor on jio.. Rcom will have to launch their own 4g with their own additional towers over 850mhz which ofc jio users will be able to use on roaming.. Rcom does not have 2300mhz spectrum and 1800mhz liberalized spectrum so they cant make roaming agreements on that band.. Correct me if im wrong

Kiran Fernandes
March 24, 2016 1:42 am 1:42 AM

I want rcom to buy 10MHz of 2100MHz spectrum in maharashtra and Goa and other areas. I hope thwy do it this time. I use a rcom sim from Mumbai in Delhi, and I travel to Goa to meet my family sometimes. So, i wish they could bring their 3g services to Goa too.

March 27, 2016 5:26 pm 5:26 PM

Yeah badly needed!! When is the auction?? Even relaince 2g works pathetic in maharashtra no coverage indoors!!

March 24, 2016 12:00 am 12:00 AM

Idea should start 3G on 900 in ulhasnagar as city is congested too so lot of internal coverage issue, also it has the highest userbase with idea connection ARPU.

March 24, 2016 3:11 pm 3:11 PM

Yes the 3g Coverage in Ulhasnagar , Ambernath and Badlapur is not so good and 3g speed is very low

March 24, 2016 1:34 am 1:34 AM

Yes. Poor indoor Idea 3G coverage in many parts of Badlapur also.. Call drops while on 3G mode .. One has to Switch on 2G mode for calling while in indoors.. Vodafone & newly launched Airtel 3G on it’s own network has good full indoor coverage !! Idea claiming No. 1 network of MH but 3G indoor coverage is poor since their launch.. Also made lot complaints but all in vain as reply is new site required but not planned yet so ur zone on avg 3G coverage…

March 28, 2016 12:04 am 12:04 AM

The specific problem with ulhasnagar nagar is mixture of mumbai mah coversge on shahad side, vithalwadi side too as icr handoff is not proper hence call drop

March 28, 2016 12:01 am 12:01 AM

By the way idea starting 4g in ulhasnagar by april june end

March 23, 2016 8:38 pm 8:38 PM

idea haven’t spectrum for 4g on line and nashik so they need t improve 3g