Idea launches 3G services in Punjab
Idea’s national 3G footprint now covers 28 Indian states, with its own network set up across 13 large states, and through Intra Circle Roaming (ICR) agreements in the rest of the country.
Starting from - the Capital city of Chandigarh; to the progressive, agricultural belts of Nawanshahr, Jagraon, Malerkotla and Nabha; to the industrial hub of Ludhiana – Idea’s 3G network will grow to cover 170 towns across the state with 1800 3G cell sites by the end of FY15, the officials noted.
Speaking at the launch event, P Lakshminarayana, Chief Operating Officer - Corporate, Idea Cellular said, "Having witnessed consistent growth over the last 5 years, Idea is now well poised for the next wave of mobile broadband revolution, and has been investing in spectrum acquisition, network expansion, enhancing sales and service delivery channels, to proliferate mobile data services across the country."
"Our recent spectrum win in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz band has now given us the ability to further expand our 3G network, and launch 4G services in key revenue markets including Punjab, at an appropriate juncture," Lakshminarayana added.
He noted that Idea is one of the leading mobile operators and the fastest growing in Punjab with a revenue market share of 21.3 percent as on Q3 FY14.
With a network footprint of 4,553 sites, Idea offers 2G coverage across 227 towns and 12,103 villages in Punjab.
The company is now investing in setting up a robust 3G network in the state and has the ability to launch 4G services, as well, in future.
This will make Idea the only operator to offer all three mobility technologies - GSM, 3G and 4G – in Punjab, in the next few years.
Talking about Idea’s 3G offerings, Sudhir Pradhan, Chief Operating Officer – Punjab, J&K and HP, Idea Cellular said, "Idea is the only pan-India GSM operator to offer 3G services in Punjab and we assure our customers of a 3G experience ‘Like Never Before’."
Pradhan said, "Idea’s 3G services will offer an enhanced user experience to subscribers, allowing them to stream audio and video files at high speed, enjoy social networking, and watch movies, mobile TV and play HD Games."
He added, "With a wide range of 3G data usage plans and Idea-branded 3G devices at attractive prices and affordable EMIs, Idea customers can now conveniently switch from 2G to 3G in Punjab."
Idea’s robust distribution channel comprising of over 800 distributors, 60,000 retailers and more than 100 Idea showrooms, including special 3G Experience Zones, will enable customers to avail and enjoy 3G services.
Idea’s 3G tariff plans in Punjab have been designed to suit all pockets. From packs priced at Rs. 19 for 80 MB data valid for 2 days, to Rs. 56 for 200 MB for 7 days, and Rs. 98 for 300 MB valid for 28 days, it also has unlimited 3G plans starting from Rs. 645 for uninterrupted data services for heavy data consumers.
Idea will also be introducing a range of affordable 3G devices like high speed 3G NetSetter, Idea Netsmart Wi-fi Dongles, and Idea Smartphones in the Punjab market.