Indian mobile network operator Videocon has announced that it will be rolling out 4G services in the country in association with Nokia Siemens Networks. The exact timeframe of the roll out has not been revealed but it may happen before the year is out. Nokia Siemens Network already provides 2G operations for Videocon. This news comes on the heel of Airtel announcing that it will be rolling out 4G services in Chandigarh after having rolled it out in Pune, Kolkata and Bangalore.
Arvind Bali, CEO and Director of Videocon Mobile Services was quoted by the Times Of India confirming the 4G plans.
“We intend to engage Nokia Siemens Networks as our technology partner for our 4G network rollout in the country. 4G Network is capable of providing comprehensive IP based telecom solutions that allows voice, data and streamed multimedia services in a seamless manner at much higher data speed than the existing generation network including 2G and 3G. This, going forward shall address consumer requirement of enhanced data service experience including Video Chat, Mobile TV, HD TV content, digital video broadcasting etc and overhaul the existing mobile data communication in the country. Nokia Siemens Network is our technology partner for 2G Network, and we are very happy with the services offered.”
Videocon currently has licenses to operate in six circles namely Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (East and West). The company has said that it has purchased a liberalized spectrum license which allows it to provide 2G, 3G and 4G services in its circles.
Airtel is the only Indian operator which has been providing 4G LTE services in the country while the others are now catching up. Infotel Broadband (owned by Reliance Industries) has a pan-India license for providing 4G and it will be starting its services later this year. Even though these services are looking at breaking into the 4G bandwagon, it remains to be seen as to how well users would adopt it. 3G adoption has not been particularly enthusiastic. This may have been because of either higher costs and spotty coverage. 4G is even more expensive and may stay out of the reach of the common man for a quite a bit. It remains to be seen as to how the mobile operators will look at making it accessible in terms of cost and coverage.
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Story Source | Digit