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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Videocon Telecom plans to pool spectrum with other operators to provide 4G LTE services

New Delhi, August 19 2015:  A day after government's approval on spectrum sharing policy, Videocon Telecom, the innovative & vibrant telecom arm of the Indian conglomerate Videocon Group, announced that the telco is in talks with other telecom operators for spectrum sharing agreements in Madhya Pradesh including Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Haryana telecom circles.

Spectrum sharing policy allows two operators to mutually pool radio frequencies to enable them to effectively use the airwaves and enhance wireless bandwidth.

The telco which has been planning to rollout 4G LTE services for quite some time now, but was constrained due to the available spectrum of 5MHz not being adequate for both 2G voice and 4G data. The telco also explored possibilities of rolling of narrowband 4G LTE earlier, the technology which however could not evolve due to its own limitations.

Post announcement of the much awaited Spectrum sharing policy, the telco plans to  pool its spectrum with a partner operator. The plan here being to allocate 5Mhz for 4G data and 5Mhz for 2G voice or upgrade their Network to 4G, and shift 2G voice on one of the existing players. This way both Videocon Telecom and the partner operator will be able to offer both 4G and 2G services on each other's Network and optimally utilise the available spectrum, at the same time, ensuring and enhancing QoS.

Videocon Telecom, is already in discussion with one of the operators on the same for its MP&CG, Gujarat and Haryana circles.


Speaking on the announcement of spectrum sharing, Mr. Arvind Bali, Director & CEO, Videocon Telecommunications Ltd. said " We  welcome the much awaited and most sought after spectrum sharing policy . I think the policy shall definitely help in optimum utilization of the most  scarce resource. This will not only help improve quality of service, reduce call drops but also further accelerate rollout of new technologies in the country. We will be actively participating in the opportunity. As we speak, we are crystallizing our plan on spectrum sharing and will definitely be inking spectrum-sharing pacts with other telcos."

"Our plan is to either pool our spectrum with partner operator and allocate 5Mhz for 4G data and 5Mhz for 2G voice or upgrade our Network to 4G, and shift 2G voice on one of the existing players. This way the partner operator and we will be able to offer both 4G and 2G services on each other's Network and optimally utilise the available spectrum, at the same time, ensuring QoS. We plan to do this in MP&CG, Gujarat and Haryana circles and we have already initiated discussions with one of the operator on this. In Punjab telecom circle, however, we will be sharing spectrum with other telcos to improve Quality of our 2G services, he added.

About Videocon Telecom
Videocon Telecom, the next-generation GSM mobile service network is the telecom arm of the $10.7 billion Videocon Group. The company has partnered with global technology leaders to create a robust infrastructure featuring future ready mobile technologies. Powered by the most advanced GSM-2.75 G EDGE network, Videocon Telecom aims to redefine the Indian mobile telecommunications industry by leveraging a combination of the parent company's strong brand recall and retail reach with a spirit of innovation and customer centricity. Videocon endeavours to transform the life of every Indian consumer by changing the very paradigm of the way he or she communicates.

Videocon Telecom today symbolizes the market innovations and customer offerings rooted in the demands and needs of the Indian consumer. Videocon Telecom has notched up a subscriber base of over 10.7 million subscribers within 2 years of operations, a testament to the brand's customer focused strategy. The company has invested significantly in research and development as well as in customer service to offer consumers innovative products and a superlative experience.