India’s second-largest mobile phone service provider, Vodafone India, will roll out fourth generation (4G) services in select towns of India in the second half of this year.
In auctions held in February, Vodafone won spectrum of 5 MHz or more in the 1,800 MHz band in five circles — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Karnataka and Kerala.
Sunil Sood, managing director and CEO of Vodafone India Ltd, said: “We are conducting trials right now, we have 4G spectrum only in five circles, so our launch will be in these circles.”
Vodafone’s announcement comes close on the heels of the telecom arm of Reliance Industries Limited, Reliance Jio Infocomm, signing a pact with Chinese firm Huawei for sourcing 4G devices. Reliance Jio plans to launch 4G services this year in 22 circles, including 5,000 towns and cities.
Mumbai-headquartered Vodafone India marked a 12.6 per cent rise in revenues in the 2015 financial year.Tagged: Digital India