Videocon Telecom is attempting to roll 4G-LTE services for select few circles in India. Initially the plan is to cover cities like Ahmedabad in Gujrat, Indore in MP and Panipat in Haryana, though they plan to extend the infrastructure to six telecom circles namely, Gujarat, MP- Chattisgarh, Haryana, UP-East, UP West as well as Bihar in the coming months. After initially sounding out that they would look to partner with Nokia Solutions Network to help them overcome technological challenges for rolling out the 4G service, Videocon has decided to join hands with Huawei, who will provide the EPC or Evolved Packet Core technology for the network.
NSN already provides for the 2G services that Vodafone has rolled out currently in Punjab, while Huawei is currently managing the other three circles that Videocon 2G operates in including MP, UP East and UP West.
Mr Arvind Bali, the Director and CEO of Videocon Telecom said the following in his statement regarding the move:
We are happy to inform that Videocon Telecom is rolling out state-of-the-art LTE-ready Packet Core network from Huawei in 6 telecom circles in India, with a clear objective of providing world-class mobile data services to our customers. This network will provide a larger data coverage and reduce the overall CAPEX and OPEX leading to an improved profitability and lower costs to end users. Once the network is fully commissioned, our customers can expect improved data quality and a richer broadband experience.
Huawei already has its services and products deployed in over 170 countries and is considered one of the leading players in helping establish End to End advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. Their CEO of India, Mr Cai Liqun said:
Huawei is a customer-centric company and believes in providing state-of-the-art technology to Indian customers. We hold a global leadership position in Packet Core networks and are very happy to partner with Videocon Telecom to bring this cutting-edge technology by which the operator can leverage the service-agile platform to monetize on new data services and significantly increase their revenue potential on new IP-based multi-media services.
Videocon has a subscriber base of over 7.5 million subscribers within an year of operation in India already, making it one of the fastest growing telecom networks nationwide currently.