Infographic : The 4G Rollout Story of Airtel and Vodafone so far

If it is to be believed there are various parameters involved to expand the network and business decisions supersede any other reasons. Network investment and expansion, depend only on a couple of factors which are again directly proportional to business, of course in some cases vested interests also act as a catalyst. Leaving behind the causes whatever might be, there will be some selection and planning carried out before rolling out Network on whichever technology it is.

To consider practically, Airtel headed the 4G journey in India way back in 2012 and is still continuing in a phased manner.

If the Network expansion and Rollout are carried out in a planned and phased manner, this infographic/analysis throws light on various parameters like the selection of Technology/Circle/Trial areas/Market/Business importance areas to those interested.



This legend image gives an idea of the color coding used for the connected dots. The timeline starts from the bottom, please scroll down for the start. By default, if nothing specific is mentioned below the month, consider it as a generic 4G roll out case.

Dear readers, do let us know your thoughts on the Infographic via comments or tweet me @Srikapardhi.

PS: To those interested, it took me 26 hours from scratch to complete this Infographic end to end. All the details on the left-hand side belong to airtel and those on the right-hand side belong to Vodafone.

1. Manual efforts are involved. May or may not contain errors. Have taken utmost care to present information without possible errors.*Should there be any corrections please email me or comment below.
2. The timeline may or may not be the exact representation of the rollout as planned by operators discussed above. The above information in gathered from various sources and may or may not reveal the exact roll out scenario or viewpoint of an operator.
3. Infographic timeline purely to give an overview of roll outs and for representational purposes only.
4. *Corrections based on the discretion of the author and are not guaranteed.

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January 3, 2017 11:12 pm 11:12 PM

Awesome work guys….Hats off to the hard work!!

January 2, 2017 2:53 pm 2:53 PM

Almost 3-4 months ago, Airtel announced 4g launch in Assam and they published the same in media too.
The consumers are yet to taste 4g from airtel in Assam as yet.
Dont know why they hurriedly without Preparations… ?

January 2, 2017 2:05 pm 2:05 PM

Really very good info about how competitors follows each other for roll out of services from small tier to metro in a gradual manner.

January 1, 2017 6:03 pm 6:03 PM

Anybody tell why Airtel and Vodafone shows network signal as 4G, but Jio shows LTE?

January 1, 2017 11:20 pm 11:20 PM
The term ?LTE? stands for Long Term Evolution. Hence, 4G LTE means the fourth-generation Long Term Evolution network. The term “Long Term Evolution” describes the network path that various communication devices use to achieve faster 4G speeds. Unlike 4G networks, the 4G LTE versions are relatively new and their coverage is limited to specific areas. Some cellular network providers describe 4G networks without mentioning LTE; in that case, they probably mean High Speed Packet Access networks. The 4G HSPA networks are faster than 3G networks but slower than 4G LTE networks. Modern cellular devices that support 4G LTE networks include… Read more »
January 1, 2017 9:47 pm 9:47 PM

Its same thing, depend on phone

January 1, 2017 2:42 pm 2:42 PM

Really good work Srikapardhi

January 2, 2017 9:04 am 9:04 AM

Thanks Yoda.

Kanaga Deepan N - Sivakasi (T.N.)
January 1, 2017 1:19 pm 1:19 PM

Amazing work dear SriK.. What a great way to start the new year from TT !! This clearly shows how fradafone is lagging in 4G deployment. They were stupidly saying that, “India is NOT ready for 4G” even 1.5 years back. They are made to EAT THEIR OWN WORDS last year..

January 1, 2017 12:20 pm 12:20 PM

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It shows 1 day validity.

January 1, 2017 12:06 pm 12:06 PM

@Srikapardhi. Great work. Totally worth a lot to understand the progress

January 1, 2017 12:03 pm 12:03 PM

AIRTEL or VODAFONE has no 3G/4G network in Andaman

January 1, 2017 11:57 am 11:57 AM

Off topic :- Seriously? Expires in one day???

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January 1, 2017 2:31 pm 2:31 PM

+1 🙂