With the acquisition of 5MHz of 900 MHz spectrum, Vodafone Idea Limited has considerably increased GIGAnet 4G capacity and efficiency in Mumbai. "The exercise has been completed across all Vi sites in Mumbai. This development combined with the deployment of 5 MHz of 2100 MHz spectrum band achieved last year, means that Vi customers in Mumbai can experience the advantages of wider coverage, network quality and stronger traffic carriage capacity in Mumbai," Vi said.
"Doubling the deployment of the most efficient 900 MHz band spectrum in Mumbai means better voice clarity and indoor experience for customers. Vi also holds the largest quantum of spectrum in Mumbai, across 900, 1800, 2300 and 2500 bands," according to the statement of the telecom giant issued on 6th September 2021.
"The network augmentation initiative has been a part of our larger efforts to offer our customers an enhanced 4G data experience to complement their voice and data demands. Supplementing the existing 4G infrastructure with the expansion of 900 as well as 2100 MHz layers has brought about enhanced data speeds, besides a better indoor network experience for Vi customers in Mumbai," Rajendra Chourasia, Operations Director- West, Vodafone Idea said.
"The past year has brought about massive changes in consumer behavior. While data demand has grown manifold, telecom networks have become the mandatory layer to exist in a digital society. This has drawn focus on the criticality of 24x7 high speed mobile network connectivity across both- commercial as well as residential areas. The latest 4G network enhancement exercise gives Vi the edge of optimum availability and utilization of spectrum to serve the needs of tech savvy individual customers as well as Enterprises in Mumbai," the official announcement further stated.
Previous month on 24th August 2021, Vi has managed to complete the refarming of 3G spectrum to 4G on the vast bulk of its locations in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Solapur, Kolhapur, Goa, Jalgaon, Nanded, Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad, Amravati, Ahmednagar, Akola, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, and Vasai, an exercise that will significantly increase GIGAnet 4G bandwidth in these cities. This is part of a larger project by the firm to convert its 3G spectrum to 4G throughout the Maharashtra and Goa telecom circles.
"The existing 4G infrastructure has been ramped up with the migration of 3G spectrum to 4G, giving Vi GIGAnet 4G the triple advantages of wider coverage, network quality as well as stronger traffic carriage capacity in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Solapur, Kolhapur, Goa, Jalgaon, Nanded, Sangli-MirajKupwad, Amravati, Ahmednagar, Akola, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Vasai. The highest deployment of the most efficient 900 MHz band spectrum in the state ensures better voice clarity and indoor experience for customers. Vi also holds the largest quantum of spectrum in Maharashtra, across 900, 1800, 2100, 2300 and 2500 bands. Vi customers can enjoy a better 4G experience when they use a 4G SIM in a 4G handset. Vi 3G customers can upgrade to a 4G SIM free of cost and harness the full potential of Vi GIGAnet," according to the telecom firm.
"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 of 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 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," acknowledged Puneet Krishnan, Cluster Business Head- Maharashtra & Goa, Vodafone Idea.