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Idea expands ICR agreement with Vodafone; to launch VoLTE services in March 2018

January 24, 2018

Idea Cellular and Vodafone India have expanded their 2G intra-circle roaming (ICR) arrangements and have signed a 4G ICR to avoid duplication of expenditure and best utilise capex. This has been done in addition to the active infrastructure sharing arrangements between the two operators.

As a result of this, Idea has managed to expand its coverage to 12,500 towns and villages which were not previously covered by the operator.

Additionally, Idea Cellular is expecting to launch voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) services from March 2018 onwards. As per the operator, all of its incremental capex on networks is dedicated towards expansion of 4G services.

The operator increased the number of broadband (3G and 4G) sites in the last four years by almost three times through the addition of 96,020 new sites. At present, Idea Cellular’s total broadband sites now stand at 143,565.


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