Videocon to Invest Rs 1,200 Cr for 4G, Rollout in 29 Cities

Videocon-to-Invest-Rs-1,200-Cr-for-4G,-Rollout-in-29-CitiesVideocon Telecom is planning to invest Rs 1,200 crore for 4G rollout in 29 cities across UP (E), UP (W) and Bihar.

Videocon Telecom will be making an investment of over Rs 1,200 crore in next 3 years for 4G rollout in 29 cities across these 3 circles. The telco will be rolling out 6 cities in phase 1, 12 cities in phase 2 and another 11 cities on phase 3 covering the key potential cities across these circles.

Videocon Telecom holds 5 MHz liberalized spectrum in the 1800 MHz band in UP (E), UP (W) and Bihar. The company plans to utilize the entire spectrum for rollout of 4G LTE services in 29 key cities and offer voice on overlay network in these select cities. In remaining coverage area, the telco shall offer 2G voice on own network.

The telco is working closely with Deloitte as their consulting partner and Huawei and NSN as their technology partner, who are also telco’s partners in their existing operations.

4G LTE FDD technology is very efficient on 1800 MHz and allows greater speeds and accommodates higher subscriber base to provide an unmatched customer experience. This will also give Videocon Telecom the distinction of being the first telco to offer 4G LTT FDD services on 1800 MHz in the country with digital voice.

Videocon Telecom is also working on ICR arrangement with other telcos for 4G data, which could come as an added business line for them or/and barter for voice ICR. The telco which has recently bagged the class A pan India ISP license plans to prioritize its ISP roll out in these circles to offer Wi-Fi off-loading for its 4G data services.

The telco plans to offer 4G data at 2G/3G rates to encourage early adoption, and will be offering bundled devices as well.

Speaking about 4G, Arvind Bali, director & CEO, Videocon Telecom said, “We plan to invest over Rs 1,200 crore in the next 3 years for rollout of 4G services in these 3 circles, and with this, we also plan to prioritize our ISP rollout in these circles to compliment 4G. We will be offering bundled 4G devices including Mi-Fi dongles.”

Further, 5 MHz spectrum is not enough to accommodate both voice and data. Looking at all the possibilities, we have strategized to look at the opportunity differently and utilize the entire 5 MHz liberalized spectrum for rollout of 4G data services in select key cities and offer voice on overlay network in these cities. In other cities/towns, we will be offering voice on our network.

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