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Vodafone Idea Integrates 25% of Radio Network Across India

The mered entity is a partnership between the Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone

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Vodafone to switch on 5G network in UK on July 3.

Telecom major Vodafone Idea has completed the integration of their mobile network in eight telecom circles post merger of the two entities, leading to a doubling of improvement in 4G services.

The merged enitity said in a statement here on Sunday that, as a result of the operation, 25 per cent of the network integration across India is now complete.

“Vodafone Idea successfully consolidates 25 per cent of its nationwide radio network in just five months,” the statement said.

“With this integration of network, customers of both Vodafone and Idea brands are able to enjoy a unified network experience on 2G, 3G and 4G, in the service areas of West Bengal, Haryana, HP, Assam, North East, AP and Telangana (excluding Hyderabad), Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.”

The company said its 4G network now covers over 75 crore population on a pan-India level.

“Radio network consolidation completed in 8 circles and 4G coverage extended to over 750 million population on a pan-India level,” it said.

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“With joint spectrum firing, 4G throughput has shown quick improvement of ‘1X to 2X’ in many of these service areas.”

Besides full radio network consolidation in these eight service areas, Vodafone Idea said its 4G network consolidation has been completed in Bengaluru and 4G services have now been made available to both Vodafone and Idea customers in Kolkata metro.

“The company has also re-farmed 10 MHz of 4G spectrum of Vodafone in Mumbai to enable its customers in the metro get better data experience,” the statement said.

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The Vodafone India and Idea Cellular merger was completed last August following approval by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

The mered entity is a partnership between the Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone. (IANS)

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Apart from the UK, 5G-enabled phones have come early mostly for technologically-developed as well as mature markets, including South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan

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Vodafone on Tuesday announced that its 5G network would go live in the UK for both common consumers as well as business customers on July 3, giving the UK its first official 5G launch date.

“Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London will be among the first cities in the world to receive 5G and Vodafone will price 5G the same as 4G,” Vodafone wrote in a blog-post.

“This is important. It means we can today announce the largest launch of 5G in the UK and be the first to announce 5G roaming. It means UK businesses can lead the world in adopting 5G to boost productivity and attract investment,” said Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK.

A choice of 5G smartphones will be available online and in Vodafone stores and will go on sale next week. Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, Samsung S10, Huawei Mate 20X and Mate X are included in Vodafone’s 5G smartphone offerings in the UK.

Vodafone to switch on 5G network in UK on July 3.

Vodafone would also offer a 5G router for use at home and offices to give customers without a fixed line connection high-speed broadband access, the post added.

“The new price plans will be unveiled next week to coincide with the availability of the first handset. Handsets can initially be used over 4G, and will be able to use 5G when the network is switched on and all manufacturer software updates are completed,” the post noted.

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While UK gears up for its 5G availability, India is not even on the map for the technology’s large-scale rollout this year, or even beyond. Although India is targeting 2020 for 5G rollout, the country is yet to allocate 5G spectrum to operators even for trial.

Apart from the UK, 5G-enabled phones have come early mostly for technologically-developed as well as mature markets, including South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan. (IANS)