World’s largest network integration underway in India; J&K becomes one of the first circles to complete full network integration
- 4G services enhanced for both Vodafone and Idea customers in cities such as Jammu, Katra, Rajouri, Punch, Bari Brahmana etc.
- Multi-level war rooms set-up to ensure Customers Enjoy Uninterrupted Service
- Highest spectrum Availability, strongest in the market to provide Best in class 4G experience
Jammu, 2nd March 2019: Vodafone Idea Ltd., India’s leading telecom service provider announced the successful consolidation of its radio network integration in J&K within a short span of just two months.
With this, J&K is amongst the first nine circles to complete integration in the world’s largest network integration exercise which is currently underway in India. J&K circle integration was completed within a short span of two months. The teams of Vodafone Idea and network partners worked in difficult conditions in the Himalayas, in peak winter season, to ensure that integration happens smoothly without disruptions.
Vodafone Idea coverage is now available across 110 Towns and 3,301 villages in Jammu & Kashmir. 4G coverage has expanded to over 23.6% population in the region covering 9 Districts including 48 Towns and 526 Villages in the region, for customers of both brands.
According to Mr. Sudhir Pradhan, Business Head –Punjab, J&K and HP, Vodafone Idea Ltd., “The successful consolidation of network in J&K circle will enable over 13 lakh customers of Vodafone and Idea to enjoy a unified network experience on 2G, 3G & 4G. We are deploying new age technologies to enhance customer experience as we are building a robust, future ready network in Jammu & Kashmir”.
In other circles, network integration is taking place on a cluster-by-cluster basis and the subscribers of both Idea and Vodafone brands are gradually moving to a much larger and better network experience. Post integration customer enjoying high speed 4G services with faster connectivity.
Speaking about this mammoth network integration and consolidation project, Mr. Vishant Vora, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea Ltd. said, “With meticulous pre-merger planning and rigorous post-merger execution, we have ensured that our customers remain confidently connected and enjoy uninterrupted services even as we integrate and optimize our network in a phased manner across circles. We have partnered the best of global vendors and equipment suppliers to bring the best network experience for our customers.”
A focused, 3-pronged strategy is driving this consolidation of two individually strong and overlapping networks:
- Make the better and dominant of the two networks in each circle as the anchor network
- Complement anchor network with required support from the other network, and
- Further enhance network capabilities and capacity with the introduction of new technologies such as Dynamic Spectrum Refarming (DSR), Spectrum Re-farming, M-MIMO and Small Cells.
This core strategy is being rigorously executed across all circles with meticulous planning and smart use of advances in technology by a team of experts from Vodafone Idea along with global vendors.
Further, war rooms have been set-up at national and circle levels to monitor and manage network performance on a real time basis led by Vodafone Idea’s 24/7 functioning world class SNOC in Pune. The company has undertaken special measures to avoid customer inconvenience with shifting, movement and deployment of equipment during the integration process.