Vodafone expands network presence in Karnataka

Vodafone LTE network
Vodafone India has modified the Karnataka network to span across 7 million customers providing connectivity solutions.

The telecoms has a 7.2 million subscriber base in the Karnataka state. Vodafone has added 2,000 cell sites across Karnataka to launch its 4G network in Bengaluru and Mysuru, alongside its 3G network spanning 20 cities in Karnataka, in May this year.

SuperNet4G, aired on the 1800 Mhz spectrum band across Bangalore spans over prominent locations, like Mysuru, with a net Rs 750 crore investment being done into its till date in Karnataka. The company also added 730 kms of fiber backhaul and has 6,200 telecom sites, making the net fibre spanned distance to 11,456 km in the Karnataka state.

Vodafone SuperNet claiming to offer a seamless network experience by keeping users connected continuously for voice and data needs, was introduced earlier in this region. With this move, the UK company claims to have invested on strengthening its network and customer experience.

The modified network is available throughout 12,600 towns and villages in Karnataka, offering users in the region both 3G and 4G Vodafone SuperNet services, which the company claims will be a seamless service experience for its subscribers.

“Our teams have worked round the clock to set up more than 6000 3G and LTE telecom sites in last 6 months alone. Crucial congested junctions in Bengaluru like Electronic city, Whitefield, Banashankari, Yeshwantpur  are now on a future  fit network,” said Amit Kapur, business head, Karnataka, Vodafone India.

Rival operators Idea Cellular and Airtel had also announced 4G services, this year. Idea Cellular announced the expansion of its 4G services to 22 towns in the Karnataka circle, in May, serving 61 towns in total with the Idea 4G service covering major towns across all 27 districts in the state with a total of 2,450 4G sites.

On the other hand, the market leader Airtel, having revealed plans for Rs 60,000 crore worth investments for network transformation and expansion under its three year program titled ‘Project Leap’, announced the commercial launch of its high speed 4G services in Shimoga in April, taking the number of its 4G towns in Karnataka to 110.

Vodafone also launched a new service tagged ‘Vodafone ‘U’ recently, directed to the Young Indian crowd, connecting with friends and promising fun via the world of internet, voice, music plus exciting digital offers and experiences.

Vina Krishnan
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