Vodafone has finally rolled out its 4G services in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand allowing over half a million pilgrims visiting the holy shrine each year experience the high-speed data services. Vodafone has successfully installed the 4G site in the vicinity of the temple at the height of about 11,755 ft, enabling customers to experience seamless 4G in and around the temple premises. Vodafone is among the first private telecom service providers to launch 4G at Kedarnath. The launch has been timed with the annual Chardham Yatra which draws pilgrims across the country to the recently renovated shrine set in the picturesque landscape, in Rudraprayag district.
Dilip Kumar Ganta, Business Head – UP West, Vodafone India said, “Vodafone is extremely proud to announce that Kedarnath is now on Vodafone SuperNet 4G. As a steadfast partner to Digital India and commitment towards digital Uttarakhand, we are delighted to be one of the first telecom service providers in India to set up a 4G network at a height of 11,755 ft, in very challenging terrain. With the onset of the Chardham Yatra 2018 season, Vodafone is now fully equipped to provide reliable and 24×7 connectivity to millions of pilgrims visiting Kedarnath. As part of our Digital Uttarakhand mission, Vodafone has over the past year invested about Rs 300 crores to strengthen connectivity in the Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh West region and equip remote locations, places of pilgrimage and crucial but inaccessible terrains, with a future fit network.”
Vodafone also states that the launch of Vodafone 4G in Kedarnath will help the local authorities’ to supervise and manage the yatra trek route, in case of an emergency. “With the fully renovated Kedarnath shrine ready to welcome pilgrim in large numbers, Vodafone 4G will help facilitate a worry-free journey, enhancing their spiritual experience,” said Vodafone in a statement.
Going into the history of Vodafone, the telco in the past one year has provided 4G data connectivity to 500+ sites in the hilly regions of Kumaon and Garhwal including Dehradun, Haridwar, Garhwal, Tehri, Nainital, Champawat, Chamoli, Udham Singh Nagar, Almora in Uttarakhand. Users travelling to these locations can enjoy high-speed data services on Vodafone network.