Vodafone India’s chief technology officer Vishant Vora said that the operator is going to start trials of 4G service on its network this year. They’re yet to make decisions on location for trials.
On Feb. 2014 spectrum auctions, Vodafone along with Airtel, Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular had won license to operate 1800MHz FDD-LTE band network. The telco giant won spectrum in five circles namely Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala and Kolkata.
Vora said to The Economic Times that currently Vodafone India has redeveloped 30 thousands 2G network sites out of 1 lakh sites with 4G radio service.
In 2010 auctions, Reliance Jio had won pan-India license of 4G TD-LTE 2300MHz along with other service operators including Airtel. Last year Airtel had deployed TD-LTE service in some of its circles.
TD-LTE is a cheaper operating 4G service developed by China.
FDD-LTE is widely being served as 4G around the globe. Currently about 100 smartphones supports FDD-LTE 1800MHz band to operate 4G data and voice service. Some devices are already available in Indian market.