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Vodafone Idea plans network expansion in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circle

Vodafone Idea Limited, a leading telecom operator, has planned a network expansion exercise to enhance its GIGAnet 4G capacity in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circle.

Vi will be adding about 2000 test-driven development (TDD) sites and also increase capacity in existing over 900TDD sites across key cities in the two states, by the end of December 2021.

Deployment of TDD sites in addition to the recent refarming of 3G spectrum to 4G in the circle and supplementing the existing 4G infrastructure with the expansion on 2100 MHz layer, will significantly scale up Vi GIGAnet 4G network strength and capacity.

With this, Vi customers across key cities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana including Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Warangal, and Guntur will be able to experience better indoor voice clarity as well as download and upload speeds.

Talking about the initiative, Arvind Nevatia, Cluster Business Head- Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Karnataka, Vodafone Idea said “In line with our commitment to continue enhancing customer experience, we are deploying additional CAPEX and latest technologies for the most efficient spectrum utilisation to enhance network capacities for our current and future requirements”.

With this, the company will have a good mix of FDD and TDD sites enabling better coverage and capacity. “I am confident that our initiatives will help us to meet the voice and data demands of our customers,” he added.

Recently, Vodafone Idea has also been conducting 5G trials on government allocated 5G spectrum in the cities of Pune (Maharashtra) and Gandhinagar (Gujarat), along with its technology vendors like Ericsson and Nokia.

The telco is also preparing for virtualised networks and is currently doing OpenRAN trials to leverage the next-generation technology for 5G services in the future.

In Pune city, Vodafone Idea has deployed its 5G trial in a lab setup of an end-to-end captive network of Cloud Core, new generation Transport and Radio Access Network. In this trial, Vi has achieved peak speed in excess of 3.7 Gbps with very low latency on the mmWave spectrum band. These speeds were achieved with state-of-the-art equipment in 5G non-standalone network architecture and using NR Radios.

Vodafone Idea has been allocated mmWave high bands like 26 GHz by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), along with the traditional 3.5 GHz spectrum band, for 5G network trials. The mmWave delivers a wide spectrum and capacity over the shortest distances for 5G, delivering lower latencies.

Vi has also achieved peak download speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps in 3.5 Ghz band 5G trial network, with its OEM partners in Gandhinagar and Pune city.

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