Idea is currently considered as India’s third largest operator, now plans to launch 4G service by early next year across the country.
Ambrish Jain who is a deputy managing director at Idea Cellular, said, “the company is poised to take the mobile users to the next level of digital experience through a range of mobile internet based services on 3G and 4G LTE technologies. Company plans to add 4,200 cell sites in FY16 to close the financial year with over 15,000 cell sites to boost up the experience of 10 Million Indian users on 2G, 3G and 4G networks. Company has invested in spectrum acquisition and network infrastructure to initiate the launch of 4G LTE services in 10 service areas starting on early next year”
A ₹500 crore has been made an investment by company for improving infrastructure, including spectrum, before the launch of 4G services in the State.
CNBC’s early reported that 10 circles where Idea will launch the LTE services include states of Kerala, Maharashtra & Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, North East, Karnataka and Haryana.
Idea’s rival and current market leader in India Bharti Airtel is rapidly pushing 4G service across the country over the past few months and recently said it plans to expand its 4G service to other part of the country. Airtel is currently offering 4G services in 45 cities and towns, to 296 urban areas.
Vodafone India, which is a second largest operator, last month said company will launch 4G services in five cities across the country by the end of the year.