4G footprint expands

India's top telecom service providers are fast-building their defences to ring-fence their customer base in the face of a no-holds-barred onslaught by Reliance Jio, which with free data offers and Pan-India presence are pulling in users by the millions.
Bharti Airtel, India's number one telecom operator, said it has completed its pan-India 4G footprint by launching high-speed broadband services in Assam, starting with Dibrugarh and Tinsukia, matching Reliance Jio in presence.
Vodafone, the country's number two telecom operator, launched its 4G services in Nagpur, with a promise to make it available in more towns and cities across Maharashtra by March.The launch expands Vodafone's 4G footprint to 12 circles spread across the country.
Airtel has rolled out its 4G services in Assam using TD LTE technology in the 2300 MHz band.The telco will also deploy FD LTE technology in 1800 MHz band in the coming weeks, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Airtel also launched new plans for its pre-paid users, wherein a subscriber will get 10 GB 4G data at Rs.249 with any new 4G handset, effectively offering 1 GB data for as low a price as around Rs.25.

With the launch in Nagpur, the Maharashtra circle, Vodafone now has 4G presence in Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata, Delhi & NCR, Mumbai, Haryana, UP East, Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Assam and North East circles. The telco has planned 4G launches shortly in Goa, Punjab, UP West, Chennai and Tamil Nadu.
With the launch, the telco is offering free SIM upgrade to 4G with 2 GB data free with every 4G SIM upgrade. It is also offering a data pack starting at Rs.8 for 30 MB. It will also give existing users double data on buying greater than 1 GB packs and all 4G RED customers. The launch offer also gives free three-month access to Vodafone Play, Live TV channels and 4G Mi-Fi that supports Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 15 devices.
The telco will allow 4G international roaming across 25 countries including the UK, the Netherlands, Germany , Hungary and Spain. It will include more countries in the near future.
Last month, Vodafone India rolled out an aggressive 4G expansion plan, saying it will launch services across eight more circles by March, which will expand its presence to 17 service areas and narrow the gap with market leader Bharti Airtel and new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm, as these circles will contribute over 90% of Vodafone India's data revenues.

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