Telecom service provider Vodafone has launched 3G services on its own network in Dimapur, Nagaland. The company has deployed 70 new 3G towers and is in the process of adding more sites.
Alok Verma, Business Head- Assam & North East, Vodafone India, said, “Our aim is to accelerate mobile internet adoption through penetration, consumption and value addition, and we are confident that this move will facilitate in quicker adoption, better usage and a superfast internet experience on the go.”
Vodafone, so far, has been offering 3G services in Assam and North East circle via bilateral roaming agreements (ICR) with other operators. In March 2015 auctions, Vodafone India acquired 2100 Mhz (3G) spectrum for Assam and North East circle.
The company has over 4.7 million customers in Assam and North East Circle with 40% being data users. Vodafone has been rolling out its own 3G network in a phased manner across the circle.
Recently, it has announced the launch of its own 3G services in Jorhat and Guwahati in Assam, Itanagar, Bomdila, Tawang, Along, Basar, Bhalukpong, Dirang, Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh and Kohima in Nagaland.
Vodafone has invested over Rs 500 crores to modernize and upgrade existing voice and data network in the circle. During the period of April-October 2015, it has put up over 115 numbers of 2G sites and 248 numbers of 3G sites in Assam and North East, while the capacity of more than 150 existing sites has been augmented.