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Vodafone Invests INR1,000 Crore and Deploys 3,200 Sites in Delhi/NCR

India: In order to improve network services to serve more than 1 crore subscribers in Delhi/NCR, one of the top two revenue generating circles in India, Vodafone India has invested more than INR1,000 Crore and deployed 3,200 new sites in the region. The company has also announced addition of 600 Kms. high capacity fiber backhaul for expansion of voice and data services in the region.

Currently, the company’s 4G network covers 60% of the total population in Delhi/NCR and 50% of the total region in terms of geography. In order to fulfil this mission, the company has plans to cover Trans-Yamuna region, which includes East Delhi, Noida, and Ghaziabad. The company has further plans to expand its services to Faridabad in the coming 6-8 weeks.

According to Apporva Mehrotra, company’s business head in Delhi/NCR, “Vodafone has 80% prepaid customers, and two-third of these subscribers possess 3G smartphones. To fulfil 4G service expansion plans in Delhi/NCR, the company would provide free 4G swap through 10,000 multi-brand outlets in the region.”

With deployment of 3,200 new sites and expansion of fiber network, Vodafone India has total 15,000 cell sites and over 3,000 Kms. fiber network in Delhi/NCR region. According to Vodafone India, “The company has executed largest deployment of Self Optimising Networks (SON) technology till now.”

TechSci Research depicts that with the improvement and expansion of 4G network services in Delhi/NCR region, competitive rivalry among telcos over prices and market share would fuel up in the coming time in Delhi/NCR region.

The recent report by consulting and market research firm TechSci Research, “Global LTE Consumer Devices Market Opportunities and Forecast, 2020”, global LTE consumer devices market is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 26% during 2015 – 2020 on account of rising mobile data traffic, growing demand for high speed data connectivity from enterprises and consumers, coupled with increasing research and development activities. Improving LTE network infrastructure across the globe is significantly contributing to increasing demand for LTE consumer devices. Rising purchasing power of consumers, especially in Asia-Pacific and Middle East, is also boosting adoption of LTE consumer devices.

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