Idea Cellular will expand its 4G capacity in Maharashtra by adding an extra 5MHz FDD carrier in the 1800MHz band alongside the rollout of 2300MHz TD-LTE in the circle, the company announced yesterday. In its press release the cellco noted that subscribers can expect the upgrade to double their download speeds, whilst customers with handsets that support carrier aggregation (CA) of FDD and TDD bands will experience downlink speeds more than three times their current rates. Idea currently operates 7,200 4G sites, covering 525 towns and 7,100 villages in the operating area, and plans to add more than 3,700 LTE sites by the end of the current financial year (i.e. 31 March 2018), whilst its total mobile network in Maharashtra is expected to reach 34,000 sites by that date.
Rajendra Chourasia, Idea’s chief operating officer for the circle, was quoted as saying: ‘As the market leader in Maharashtra & Goa circle, we are making significant investments in augmenting our 4G network and capacity by deploying more spectrum and rolling out sites at a rapid pace. All these efforts clubbed with our vast spread distribution network and a wide range of products and offerings including a suite of digital entertainment apps, make Idea the preferred 4G network in the region. We are confident that our initiatives will further enhance the experience of our over 2.7 crore [27 million] customers in the circle and get them to access the fastest 4G network.’