Videocon to launch LTE in 6 circles by mid 2013

Videocon won spectrum for six circles in recently concluded 2G spectrum, today announced to roll out next generation Long Term Evaluation (LTE) services by middle of next year.

“We will get spectrum in the month of January and we expect to roll out our LTE services in six circles by middle of 2013,” company’s Director and CEO Arvind Bali told reporters here today.

Videcon won spectrum for six circles, including Haryana, Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh, Gujarat UP west, UP east, Bihar and Jharkhand.

“We intend to cover 45 per cent of India’s population after rolling out services in these circles as these are the areas where we enjoy a strong position already and where we see the highest potential for continued growth and profitability. Our focus will be on youth and high end customers,” he said without divulging detail about investment proposed for this venture.

“The spectrum won by Videocon in the recent auction is paired and liberalised. This spectrum can be used to roll out next generation networks and services by adapting a highly spectrally efficient 4G technology LTE,” he said.

“This enables operators to gain more efficiency using the same spectrum resources. Next-generation network technologies enable about 30 times more data capacity than a traditional 2G network,” he added.

Bali said that LTE is capable of delivering high throughputs of 100 Mbps to the mobile user and can support data heavy applications such as Maps, HD Video streaming etc., and it can deliver a much richer experience like seamless video streaming and hi-speed Internet access to the user compared to any other technology.

“Per Mbps cost of LTE at 2.3GHz is much lesser even when compared with a brownfield 2G site that has been upgraded to 3G… It will be more so in the case of 1800MHz LTE deployment,” he said.

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