Idea Cellular rolls out 4G to Bangalore, further expansion planned

1 Feb 2016

India’s third largest cellco by subscribers, Idea Cellular, has launched its 4G LTE network in Bangalore, capital of Karnataka, and plans expansion to 18 towns and several cities across the state – including Mangalore, Udupi-Manipal, Bijapur and Bellary – by the end of the financial year. According to the Economic Times, the new network is now available in the Karnataka towns of Channarayapatna, Udyavara, Harihar, Kunigal, Mulbagal, and Toranagal, representing 20% population coverage in 24 districts of the state.

Ambrish Jain, Deputy Managing Director at Idea Cellular, noted: ‘By March 2016, our services will extend to three more key markets namely, Maharashtra and Goa, North East and Orissa, and by June 2016, Idea’s 4G footprint will cover 750 cities across ten telecom circles.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, last month Idea launched LTE services in three new circles, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, adding to its existing footprint of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where the cellco inaugurated its 4G platform in late December 2015.