Vodafone targets 4G network in 1,000 towns in 2016

Vodafone supernet campaign in India
Telecom operator Vodafone today said its 4G network will be available across 1,000 towns in India this year.

Vodafone India today announced the next phase of its 4G rollout, covering circles such as Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh East and West Bengal.

Earlier, Vodafone launched 4G services in select towns across the five circles of Mumbai, Delhi & NCR, Kolkata, Karnataka and Kerala.

Vodafone India CEO Sunil Sood said: “The response from customers who have experienced our 4G services in the five circles of Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi & NCR is positive and encouraging.”

The nine telecom circles of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, Gujarat, UP (E) and West Bengal, together contribute to under 70 percent of Vodafone India’s data revenues.

Vodafone is expanding its data — 2G, 3G and 4G network — services to enable the company to face competition from Reliance Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular in the data space.

Vodafone has modernized and upgraded its entire network to Vodafone SuperNet, empowering customers to enjoy a superior network experience from voice and data.

The creation of Vodafone SuperNet entailed establishing several new records in terms of size, pace and scale of deployment.

Vodafone achievements

# Largest deployment of Self-Optimizing Network (SON) technology to deliver superior mobile experience, improve voice call quality and reduce dropped calls

The entire Vodafone network across the country is equipped to deliver HD voice quality

Upgraded entire radio network to all-IP technology, making it 5G ready

Set-up a record number of over 30,000 sites in 2015 to expand and enhance voice and data coverage across the country

Single RAN is capable for deploying advance technology with just a software upgrade

Invested in 40kms fibre/day, fiber backhaul (over 160,000 kms of fibre laid in 9 months ended Dec 31, 2015)

Expanded own 3G coverage to 16 circles

Vodafone has nearly 175 million mobile customers including 100 million in rural areas. Growth in revenue is a main concern for the telecom network operator.