Vodafone Idea Integrating 5G Elements in Pre-Existing 4G Network

Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) the newly merged telco has stated that once it acquires the 5G spectrum and combined with the right ecosystem in India, the transition to 5G will only be a software update for the telco. VIL’s chief technology offer, Vishant Vora in a talk with ET revealed that Vodafone Idea is developing its 4G network on the basis of elements of 5G and the 5G architecture complete with cloud, MIMO, software-defined networking (SDN) and Networks Functions Virtualisation.


Focus on Transport Network Build Up

In the talk, the technology officer revealed that Vodafone Idea has merged the elements of 5G deeply in its existing network, and is already paving the way for the arrival of 5G. This integration, as per the executive, has resulted in a network which is more “4.9G” rather than being just 4G. Further, he also stated that Vodafone Idea’s cloudification of the system remains one of the highest in the world, with more than 60% of all traffic running on cloud core. The telco has also touched on the IPfication of the transport, and Vora emphasised this as he confirmed that VIL plans to invest heavily in transport network build up.

The CTO also added that the telco is deploying massive MIMO in cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad and is going to continue on the trend. It was also highlighted in the talks that Vodafone Idea, intends to reform the 2,600MHz spectrum for use in 5G which was auctioned previously. Going by the exec’s words, Vodafone Idea is also planning to keep ahead of the curve by capitalising on 5G use cases like mmwaves; however, Vora pointed out that the policies on these use cases remain unclear now. He also added that the telco is not waiting for the spectrum auction to provide 5G-like services and denoted that massive work is going on in the enterprise front, and also selectively for the consumers.

Telco to Work on Removing Latency

In the conversation, the Vodafone Idea CTO also answered questions related to improving the speeds on the network stating that the company puts a lot of emphasis on working on the latency which is an essential aspect of ensuring a good consumer experience. He also remarked that Vodafone Idea’s enterprise clients had conducted tests revealing that Vodafone Idea has the lowest latency rate. He further talked about the deployment of Wi-Fi in airports with the name of ‘Firefly’ in partnership with Airtel.

Digitisation Also a Focus

The interviewer also posed questions to Vora regarding cloud and digitisation of Vodafone Idea to which the CTO replied in affirmative and said that SDN is not only a big part of Vodafone Idea’s upcoming plans, but it is also going to work on simplifying data centre architectures. To the questions of digitisation, Vora said that there is an attempt going on inside the organisation to make Vodafone Idea a more digital business. He also added that Vodafone has been a leader in the M2M category since previous times and the company, even after the merger, will work to retain its position in the M2M sector with the help of IoT (Intenet of Things) services.

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Thamilan daa
November 27, 2018 2:07 am 2:07 AM

Esmail :

Vodafone TN MCC code is 404 43 and Chennai is 404 84

Idea Tamilnadu and Chennai code is 405 852. What will be the case in Tamilnadu and Chennai after merging?

Same case with Vodafone in Mumbai – Maharashtra and Kolkata – West Bengal and Idea in these 4 circles. What will happen?.

Thamilan daa
November 27, 2018 2:03 am 2:03 AM

Siddu and Esmail :
In prepaid, vodafone charges Rs.149 per month for international roaming. But idea does not charge any rental for international roaming. What will happen now after actual merging (network level)?.

November 27, 2018 10:03 am 10:03 AM

Even idea would change 149Rs, once their plans are unified..!

November 26, 2018 11:22 pm 11:22 PM

He is talking about advance 4g in the name of 5G.

I remember Videocon statement on upgrading 2G network to 2.9G instead of introducing 3G. Result they are not in the market Today.

AU(Airtel User)
November 27, 2018 11:20 am 11:20 AM

Hahahahaha Max +1
idea vodafone are not capable to upgrade network, they simply cant. I will b happy if idea vodafone is sold out to either airtel or jio where its spectrum can b better utilised.
All VIL hav done milked kaushik ima types fanboys n users for years n provided 2G services that too not everywhere.

Kaushik IMA
November 27, 2018 11:32 am 11:32 AM


Did those screenshots of band 41 LTE come from my imagination? They have come from TRAI portal bro.

Your imaginations of poor Vodafone Idea network cannot change ground realities. Neither does payment from your master on 15 day basis change anything. 🙂

Remember your real job that you yourself told me (safaiii) and do it nicely 😉