Vodafone India today said it will soon launch 4G services across 2,400 towns and eight additional telecom circles by March 2017. “We have enhanced our 4G roll out plans following the spectrum auction. Utilising this spectrum won, we will make available Vodafone SuperNetT 4G services nationwide in 2400 towns and across 8 additional circles by the end of this fiscal instead of 1000 towns as announced earlier,” Vodafone India MD and CEO Sunil Sood said in a statement.
Vodafone acquired spectrum worth Rs 20,280 crore in auction that was held in October. It acquired spectrum in all its key telecom circles across 1800, 2100 and 2500 MHz bands.
Vodafone at present offers 4G service in nine out of 22 telecom circles which include Mumbai, Delhi & NCR, Kolkata, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, Gujarat, UP (East) and West Bengal. The company plans to expand 4G services to Assam & North East, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and UP (West).
In October, Vodafone announced the launch of its 4G services in Ahmedabad and Vadodara following its launch in other cities of Gujarat like Surat, Gandhidham, Bhuj, Rajkot, Morbi, Gandhinagar, Diu, Vapi and Daman recently.
Vodafone said that currently the number of customers who have upgraded to 4G SIM cards will be close to 3 million plus in Gujarat following the 4G SIM card exchange drive run by the company in the last few months in anticipation of the launch 4G services.
It also announced a free subscription of its Vodafone Play app to for its customers across the country, which would be valid till December, 31 2016. Vodafone Play is the service provider’s proprietary app that offers multimedia content to the users, such as videos, movies, TV shows and music.
With PTI inputs