After Kolkata, Vodafone expands 4G coverage to two more cities of West Bengal

After launching 4G services in Kolkata; Vodafone India has now stepped in to provide 4G coverage across two more cities of West Bengal–Barasat & Kalyani. The two major cities of West Bengal falls in the outskirts of Kolkata telecom circle.


According to sources, in terms of coverage of 4G LTE network, Vodafone lags behind Airtel and RJio which have a decent LTE network across the circle. Even after launch of 4G services, Vodafone 4G is present only in key major parts of Kolkata. But, with their expansion of 4G in areas like Barasat and Kalyani, the company is focusing on few populated and high ARPU generating area.

Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel is providing 4G in almost 65-75% of the Kolkata metro area. In Barasat , the district headquarter of North 24 Parganas , we got 4G signal across the Champadali more , Suncity mall , City Mall – DakBunglow more , Stadium and colony more area .

Vodafone 4G speed was ranging between 12 Mbps to 15 Mbps for download and for upload it was around 3 Mbps to 5 Mbps . One of the Vodafone executives confirmed that the network is live from the last few days and customers those have 3G packs can access 4G network without any cost if they have upgraded their SIM to 4G SIM and using 4G devices.

While we got the 4G signal in Kalyani , though it wasn’t much stable but we found the network is live across major residential blocks, station, markets and around central park area. During our speedtest, in some places we got up to 25 Mbps download speed where lowest speed was 3 Mbps at few locations. But surprisingly, we haven’t found any 4G network in Kanchrapara, the area just next to Kalyani and having a large population.

During their launch of 4G services, Vodafone COO Naveen Chopra promised that they will cover the entire Kolkata circle by July 16 in three phases. However, their 4G network isn’t present in many key areas and other towns where their rivals are offering pretty fast 4G experience with an average downloading speed of 18 – 20 Mbps.

Also their 4G network wasn’t stable enough and pretty slow to connect. Even in some places we found Vodafone’s 3G network was faster than 4G network. The company is using spectrum in 1800 MHz to offer 4G services in Kolkata.

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Sayantan Saha, jalpaiguri
June 9, 2016 11:44 am 11:44 AM

Remember it was Vodafone in westbengal who got majority chunk of customers of reliance gem when it was shut down . I know a small town with aprox 1lac population where 70% people of rgsm took Vodafone

June 8, 2016 8:30 pm 8:30 PM

In Kanchrapara and Halisahar Airtel 4G signal is available??

November 8, 2016 12:24 pm 12:24 PM

Yes it is available and the speed is far faster than what Subha mentioned here..

June 8, 2016 10:25 pm 10:25 PM

yes, in both cities airtel 4g present and average speed got 14 to 27kbps

June 8, 2016 10:20 pm 10:20 PM

Yes, in both cities, airtel 4g signal is available and average speed I got is between 15 to 28 Mbps.

June 8, 2016 7:22 pm 7:22 PM

I can say Vodafone has better network than Airtel in Kolkata as well as West bengal circle. As in my office area also Vodafone 4G has better coverage than Airtel. Even in peak hours I am getting decent speed in 4G (not in 3G). In Airtel with 2bars in 4G no site is openning.

June 8, 2016 8:08 pm 8:08 PM

That is Because of Poor indoor penetration of 2300MHz band which Airtel is using…..But the speeds that can be reached on this band is awesome…. Whereas Vodafone has very limited 4G sites ….. but as they are using 1800MHz band which have a better coverage(But lesser speed) indoor penetration is somewhat better than Airtel… Still Vodafone 4G coverage is not even the 50% of the 4G Coverage Provided by Airtel