Previously, we heard about Bharti Airtel plotting methods to downscale its 2G and 3G unfold within the nation to make use of the airwaves and different assets for a greater 4G community. Now Vodafone Idea appears to be following on the identical traces. The newly merged telco has additionally introduced that it might be utilizing its spectrum which was beforehand getting used to relay 2G community for implementing a greater 4G connectivity. The telco will probably be taking this fashion to higher compete with the Mukesh Ambani led telco, Reliance Jio.
Vodafone Idea to Redeploy 900Mhz and 2100MHz Band
Vodafone Idea will probably be making use of the 900MHz spectrum within the nation for deploying higher 4G providers as a substitute of the 2G community, for which the spectrum is at present getting used. Further, the 2100MHz band which is at present getting used for 3G providers by the telco may also be used for 4G providers. It’s additionally value noting that Vodafone Idea has already began the pilot for this new transition from the 2G community to 4G community of the spectrum.
The telco is conducting checks in Mumbai the place it’s now utilizing the 900Mhz band for 4G community providers and it’s anticipated that the provider will prolong this variation quickly to different circles as effectively. As per an ET report, few folks conscious of the matter have highlighted that the telco is perhaps required to the pay the market value of the 900MHz spectrum within the states of Tamil Nadu, UP-West and West Bengal as these bands had been initially allotted to the corporate and not auctioned. As per the obtainable data, Vodafone Idea holds 900 MHz spectrum in 17 circles and the 3G spectrum held by the provider is within the 2100 MHz band throughout 22 markets, which the telco goals to use for this activity.
On the opposite hand, the Sunil Bharti Mittal led telco, Bharti Airtel has finalised its plans to redeploy its spectrum for the 4G community. The telco has notified that will probably be utilizing the 900MHz frequency, which is at present getting used for 2G together with the presently deployed 3G spectrum of 2100MHz for enlargement of the 4G community. Airtel CEO, Gopal Vittal has additionally affirmed this, saying that the telco will probably be taking three to 4 months for the whole redeployment of the spectrum.
Pace of Redeployment to Depend on Revenue from 2G and 3G
Officials from the corporate have additionally highlighted that the transition of this spectrum to be used for 4G providers and the tempo of this undertaking would rely upon the income influx from the 2G and 3G providers mixed with the supply of suitable 4G units.
Also, one of many specialists on spectrum administration spoke to ET and mentioned, “Re-farming the 900 MHz band can significantly enhance Vodafone Idea’s LTE capability and help it garner more 4G customers, especially in markets where it does not have comparable coverage like Jio’s or Airtel’s.”
Vodafone Idea Chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla additionally mentioned that the corporate would work in a speedy tempo to redeploy the spectrum to develop the 4G community. If we’re to imagine the specialists, Vodafone Idea has lagged behind the opponents when it comes to 4G community, nevertheless, to maintain within the business, it’s crucial for the telco to put sufficient emphasis on 4G community enlargement. This transfer is anticipated to improve the span of 4G community below Vodafone Idea by as a lot as three to 5 occasions.