Vodafone India the second largest operator by subscriber base announced that it will launch its 4G services in Karnataka by this year end. Important centers including Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore & Hubli will be part of the first wave of the 4G roll-out, which will be launched across the circle in a phased manner.
Testing of 4G services has commenced successfully. Vodafone India has partnered with leading global technology infrastructure service providers for the network roll-out. With some of the latest technological developments on the anvil, Vodafone is building robust and resilient network architecture with a strong backup to support the volumes and need for speed from customers.
In addition, to offer its 3G customers a faster, smarter and better experience, Vodafone confirmed having taken several measures over the last few months. This includes making significant investments and upgrading its own network plus modernizing the radio network and switching systems to deliver a new, enhanced 3G experience. In addition, charging platforms have also been upgraded to facilitate a wider bouquet of products and services.
Further, Vodafone is investing heavily into high capacity Fibre to significantly increase the internet connectivity to the rest of the world, which will benefit all its data subscribers. Karnataka is a significant and key focus market for Vodafone India. With around 20%of revenues contributed by data, it is one of the top data markets for Vodafone in India and is growing at over 50% Year on year.
Announcing this, Suresh Kumar, Operations Director –South, Vodafone India said, “This is an important phase for Vodafone in Karnataka and our customers have a lot to look forward to. We are excited to launch our new 4G services in the superior 1800 MHz band and also provide a faster and enhanced 3G experience for our customers. Having launched 4G services in several countries, Vodafone has the requisite expertise and experience to ensure that its service in Karnataka will be best in class. We will continue to pursue our customer centric strategy of continuing to meet their evolving needs for better and smarter connectivity for both voice and data.”
Vodafone India remains committed towards making necessary investments in network expansion and modernization for enhancing overall customer experience. In the first six months of the current financial year, Vodafone has already invested more than INR 725 crores in Karnataka towards its network upgradation.