Videocon Mobile Services, which won spectrum in sex circles in the recently held auctions, has announced that it will launch LTE network in the country. However, unlike Airtel and other 4G players, it will be an FDD network, a technology which is already working in the USA and therefore devices that are compatible with it are available in good numbers.
Videocon Mobile Services bagged liberalised spectrum in sex circles of Haryana, Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, UP west, UP east, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Arvind Bali, Director and CEO, said the company, which got new licences on January 18 this year, is now embarking on a 20-year-long ambitious journey with modern technology to derive the benefits of the two-decade period provided by the Government in its new, liberalised spectrum policy. “We will provide very high speed at a price 15-20 per cent lower than other telecom players. And we will maintain price levels for three years.”
Videocon’s aim is to make its telecom segment as popular as the group’s washing machines and TV sets, he said.
Videocon Mobile Services is planning to roll out complete 4G products and services across the newly won circles in 2013. What will help the company is the fact that unlike the TDD deployed by Airtel, FDD networks are already operational in the USA and other parts of the world, and a wide range of handsets are available for that technology. However, once the complete roll-out happens in India with RIL, Qualcomm, Airtel and Aircel, Videocon might get isolated in the domestic market.