Vi (Vodafone Idea) today announced that it had completed the migration of the 3G spectrum to 4G spectrum across multiple cities in Maharashtra & Goa telecom circle. Vi has completed the spectrum refarming exercise on a majority of its sites in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Solapur, Kolhapur, Goa, Jalgaon, Nanded, Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad, Amravati, Ahmednagar, Akola, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Vasai. The completion of the exercise will enhance the GIGAnet 4G capacity in these cities.
Vi has deployed additional 5 MHz of 900 MHz as well as 2100 MHz band spectrum to increase the total 4G bandwidth. The reinforcement of the existing 4G infrastructure in select cities of Maharastra & Goa telecom circle is part of a bigger exercise undertaken by the company to migrate its 3G spectrum to 4G spectrum. Vi customers in a majority of its sites in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Solapur, Kolhapur, Goa, Jalgaon, Nanded, Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad, Amravati, Ahmednagar, Akola, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Vasai will now get to enjoy higher upload and download speeds along with better indoor coverage.
Vi’s spectrum holdings currently consist of 14 MHz spectrum in the 900 MHz band, 12.4 MHz spectrum in the 1800 MHz band, 15 MHz spectrum in the 2100 MHz band, 10 MHz spectrum in the 2300 MHz band, and 30 MHz spectrum in 2500 MHz band in Maharashtra & Goa telecom circle. Vi has the highest deployment of the most efficient 900 MHz band spectrum in the state.
Vi 3G customers can enjoy the better 4G experience by upgrading their 3G SIM to a 4G SIM-free of cost and experience Vi GIGAnet 4G.
“The latest network augmentation initiative is our endeavor to offer our customers an enhanced 4G experience to complement the surge in data demand. Supplementing the existing 4G infrastructure with the expansion on 900 as well as 2100 MHz layers and largest deployment of the most efficient 900 MHz spectrum in Maharashtra & Goa has brought about enhanced data speeds, besides a better indoor network experience for Vi customers in some of the key cities in Maharashtra and Goa. We have seen a significant growth in data traffic in these cities post the completion of 3G to 4G refarming exercise. Efforts are on to complete this exercise in the rest of Maharashtra at an early date”.
Puneet Krishnan, Cluster Business Head- Maharashtra & Goa, Vodafone Idea