- Vodafone Idea or Vi is set to shut its 3G services in Delhi by January 15, 2021.
- Existing 3G users in Delhi should migrate to 4G services after which Vi will only give 2G voice services to customers.
- Earlier this week, Vi re-farmed the 3G spectrum to 4G across all sites in Mumbai.
Vodafone Idea which was freshly rebranded as Vi is notifying customers in Delhi to switch to 4G before January 15, 2021. According to an online report, Vi is set to shut its 3G services in Delhi. 3G users who do not upgrade their SIM to 4G will be given voice calling through 2G. However, data services will not be available on the old SIM connections. The current 4G users will remain unaffected.
The move is a part of Vi's ongoing spectrum re-farming under which the operator is using its 3G spectrum for 4G services, Gadgets360 reported. Vi is asking customers to move to their nearest Vi store to upgrade their SIM to 4G to continue to get data and voice services on their phones.
Earlier this week, Vi refarmed the 3G spectrum to 4G across all sites in Mumbai. The development came in the light of the deployment of 5 MHz of 2100 MHz spectrum band. Vi noted that it was ramping up with the migration of 3G spectrum to 4G, to give users Vi GIGAnet 4G with the triple advantages of wider coverage, network quality as well as stronger traffic carriage capacity. Vi customers will be able to enjoy higher download and upload speeds apart from better indoor coverage.
"The year 2020 has brought about massive changes in consumer behaviors. While the data demand has grown manifold, telecom network today has become the mandatory layer to exist in a digital society. This has drawn focus on the criticality of 24x7 high-speed mobile network connectivity across both- commercial as well as residential areas," Vi had noted in a statement. It further noted that the integration of erstwhile Vodafone and Idea networks, combined with the latest 3G to 4G spectrum refarming gives Vodafone Idea "the edge of optimum availability and utilization of spectrum to serve the needs of tech-savvy individual customers as well as Enterprises."
Vodafone Idea currently holds liberalised spectrum holdings of 10 MHz of 900 MHz band, 18.6 MHz of 1800 MHz band, 5 MHz of 2100 MHz band, and 20 MHz of 2500 MHz band in Delhi telecom circle, Only Tech reported.
Vi cited Ookla, the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications, saying that it verified GIGAnet from Vi as the most consistent and fastest 4G network in Mumbai in terms of download as well as upload speeds. It also said that after the revamp, Vi customers in Mumbai can enjoy the faster 4G experience when they use a 4G handset and a 4G SIM. Vi has an overall subscriber base of 292.84 million subscribers as of October 2020 as per TRAI data.