Idea Cellular launches 4G services in four more states

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Idea Cellular said it on Thursday launched high speed 4G LTE services across three telecom circles, spanning four states – Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.

With this launch, the company has expanded its 4G LTE service footprint to seven telecom service areas, including the four telecom circles of south India – Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu & Chennai, which were launched on December 23, 2015, said a company statement.

Idea’s 4G LTE services will be available across 183 towns in these seven telecom service areas by January 31.

“Since last week of December 2015, Idea has rapidly rolled out its high-speed 4G LTE network to cover seven major markets in India. By March 2016, our services will extend to three more key markets like Maharashtra and Goa, northeast and Orissa, and by June 2016, Idea’s 4G footprint will cover 750 cities across 10 telecom circles,” said deputy managing director Ambrish Jain.

The company currently holds 1800 MHz 4G spectrum in these 10 telecom circles which cover 50 percent of telecom market but over 60 percent of Idea’s gross revenue. Additionally, Idea has recently signed an agreement with Videocon Telecommunications for acquiring ‘Right to Use’ 1800 MHz spectrum under ‘Spectrum Trading Agreement’ in two of its key telecom leadership markets of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (West), the statement said.

“Post completion of this transaction, 4G services will be extended to 12 service areas, covering 75 percent of Idea’s revenue base in the country,” it added.

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