Idea makes investment in 4G network in four more states

Idea Cellular 4G launchedTelecom network operator Idea Cellular has made investment in launching 4G LTE network across four more states — Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.

With this launch, Idea Cellular has expanded its 4G LTE service footprint to 7 telecom service areas, including telecom circles of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and Chennai.

Idea will launch 4G LTE services across 183 towns in these 7 telecom service areas by 31 January 2016.

“Since last week of December 2015, Idea has rapidly rolled out its 4G LTE network to cover 7 major markets in India. By March 2016, our services will extend to 3 more markets namely, Maharashtra & Goa, North East and Orissa, and by June 2016, Idea’s 4G footprint will cover 750 cities across 10 telecom circles,” said Ambrish Jain, deputy managing director, Idea Cellular.

Idea Cellular currently holds 1800 MHz 4G spectrum in these 10 telecom circles which cover 50 percent of telecom market but over 60 percent of Idea’s gross revenue. Idea has also signed an agreement with Videocon Telecommunications for acquiring Right to Use 1800 MHz spectrum in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh West.

The mobile subscribers of Idea Cellular have 2.7 million 4G devices, nearly 4 percent of its subscriber base in these 7 telecom service areas, registered on its network. In comparison, on an All India basis, Idea has nearly 49.5 million customers owning 3G devices (approx. 29 percent) and over 6 million customers with 4G devices (approx. 4 percent).

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