Idea Cellular launched 3G services in Punjab
Telecom operators Idea Cellular,Airtel and Vodafone on Thursday launched 3G services in Punjab, expanding their footprint to 21 out of 22 service areas covering 28 states in the country. While 3G spectrum in Punjab is owned by Idea Cellular, Airtel and Vodafone can use it under 3G intra circle roaming agreement.
Idea Chief Operating Officer Sudhir Pradhan said -
“Idea is the only pan-India GSM operator to offer 3G services in Punjab. Idea’s 3G services will offer enhanced user experience to subscribers, allowing them to stream audio and video files at high speed…watch movies, mobile TV and play HD Games.”
The services would be rolled out starting with Chandigarh and extending to the agricultural belts of Nawanshahr, Jagraon, Malerkotla and Nabha and the industrial hub of Ludhiana. The Aditya Birla Group company will increase its 3G network to 170 towns across the state with 1,800 3G cell sites by the end of the year.
Idea Cellular owns 3G spectrum in 11 circles, Airtel in 13 circles and Vodafone in nine circles. The three telcos had signed an intra-circle roaming agreement according to which they could provide 3G services in areas where they don’t own spectrum. The agreement was earlier questioned by the authorities but recently got a judicial clearance.
Idea’s 3G network in Punjab will offer an experience ‘Like Never Before’.