Vodafone Essar to launch 3G services by December, 2010
TT Correspondent | Mumbai | 28 Jul 2010
Vodafone Essar Limited will launch 3G mobile services by December 2010, said Marten Pieters, CEO and MD of Vodafone Essar.
“We are ready to launch 3G services in nine circles by this year-end.
We are waiting for spectrum allocation. As soon as we get the spectrum, we will be able to launch our services,” Pieters told reporters in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Vodafone had secured 3G spectrum in nine circles in the recent 3G auctions for Rs 11,617 crore. The circles included Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal, covering over 60 per cent of the
company''s current customer base.
“Vodafone Essar has secured a critical strategic footprint across the
country, particularly in the markets where we expect the main demand for 3G services to be in the next few years. We expect a strong uptake
for 3G in these markets, particularly among the higher value customers, which is a growing segment owing to rising affluence and increasing urban population,” Pieters said, adding that the customer would have to pay more to get better 3G services.
Commenting on the Indus Tower IPO, Pieters said, "We are in de-merger
process and are supporting the initial public offering of Indus Tower. But, it all depends on the financial market and other related issues."
In late 2007, India's top mobile operators -- Bharti Airtel, Vodafone
Essar and Idea Cellular -- had decided to pool their resources and hive off their towers into an independent firm, Indus Towers, with over one lakh towers.