Idea details 3G coverage targets, will spend INR42 billion on rollout

29 Mar 2011

Hot on the heels of Idea Cellular announcing the commercial launch of 3G services, the Indian mobile network operator has revealed that it expects to spend a total of INR42 billion (USD922 million) on the rollout of its third-generation network in the eleven circles it is licensed for. According to India’s Economic Times, with Idea now having inaugurated services in the Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh circles, the cellco has said that it expects to bring its 3G infrastructure online in the remaining eight circles – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W) and Jammu & Kashmir – by 15 April. By that same date Idea expects to have 3G coverage of around 200 towns in the three regions where it has already launched, with the cellco having set itself a target for coverage of 750 towns by end-May 2011. Looking further forward, with plans to have some 16,000 3G mobile towers in operation by March 2012, up from the 5,000 it aims to have at end-March 2011, it expects to cover around 3,700 towns across its areas of operation.