Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) today announced that it has deployed state-of-the-art L900 technology in the 900 MHz band on 3043 sites as well as 1800 MHz band on 11772 sites in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh. The company deployed LTE 900 and 1800 MHz in Delhi & NCR earlier this year.
With 92 Mhz of spectrum across bands – 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz, Vi said that has the largest spectrum holding of 31 percent in the circle, making it the most robust telecom service provider in the Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh. The company added that it is the only private network with the 4G capacity band, 2500Mhz in the state.
Vi said that it has installed / upgraded 4115 Broadband Towers since March 2021 taking the total population coverage on 4G to 71.9% in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh. It has also been upgrading all 3G customers to 4G and enhanced 4G capacity by refarming spectrum, starting with Raipur, Durg/Bhilai.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in association with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs) and Vodafone Idea have initiated a pilot named “5th Generation (5G) Small Cell and Aerial Fiber deployment using Street Furniture at Bhopal Smart City”.
Small Cell are equipment which will be deployed for upcoming 5G networks. It uses higher frequencies spectrum to provide ultra-high broadband speed and are placed closer to user so that to provide quick responses to user’s request. Street furniture are used to denote things like electric poles, bus stand, traffic lights etc. The pilot will help in understanding challenges in 5G small cell deployment in Smart City Project.
During a visit to Bhopal, Abhijit Kishore, Chief Operating Officer, Vodafone Idea, said:
I would like to extend an invitation to pre-paid and post-paid mobile phone users in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to enjoy a superior, upgraded 4G experience on the Vi network. We have undertaken multiple initiatives over the past year to widen our 4G coverage in the circle as well as strengthen indoor network coverage across cities. Vi customers can choose from a bouquet of choice plans that allow every member of the family to do more and get more on Vi’s 4G network.