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Idea to sign 4G ICR deals with Vodafone for better coverage; will launch VoLTE in 2018

November 13, 2017

Idea Cellular expects to sign new 4G intra circle roaming (ICR) arrangements with Vodafone India at the earliest for additional 4G coverage in nearly 5,000 new towns and neighbouring villages for each operator.

Idea and Vodafone have entered into an active Infrastructure sharing arrangement to avoid duplication of spends and best utilise capital expenditure (capex).

Also, Idea Cellular expects to launch voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) services in 2018. Almost all of Idea’s incremental capex on networks s allocated to 4G expansion (including fiber and capacity).

The 4G population under Idea's coverage has almost tripled from 14.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 to 38.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2017.  In order to support the demand of mobile broadband services, Idea has also increased its fibre backbone network by more than 50,000 kilometres.


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