Vodafone-Idea Unveils Game-Changing 5G Plans to Accelerate Rollout

Vodafone-Idea’s Strategic Approach to 5G Rollout

In a recent investor presentation, Vodafone Idea (Vi) provided an update on its 5G plans, highlighting its late adoption of the technology as a cost-efficient deployment strategy. The telecom company has completed its 5G minimum rollout obligation in four circles with four vendors, showcasing its readiness for the next generation network.

Vi revealed that 90% of its TDD radios are 5G-ready, with all new basebands being 5G-capable. The company is set to deploy 5G technologies such as Cloudification of Core, DSR, and Open Ran, aiming to cover 40% of revenues within the first 24 to 30 months of 5G implementation. With sufficient mid-band mmWave 5G spectrum, Vi is well-equipped for the future.

Additionally, Vodafone-Idea has tested its ViAirFiber home broadband solution with multiple partners, showcasing its commitment to providing high-speed connectivity to consumers. The telco has deployed virtualised Radio Access Network (vRAN) and Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) architectures, further enhancing its network capabilities.

Vi has also invested in a pan-India 5G non-standalone (NSA) capable Core network to support high throughput mobile broadband, data, voice, and enterprise services. With a focus on strategic areas such as capacity expansion, spectrum re-farming, and small cell deployment, Vi aims to enhance customer experience and upgrade nearly 42% of subscribers to the 4G network.

Furthermore, Vodafone Idea recently announced a refinancing plan of up to Rs 45,000 crore, combining equity and debt financing. The company’s board has approved an equity fund raise of up to Rs 20,000 crore through various instruments, signaling its commitment to strengthening its financial position.

With a clear roadmap for 5G deployment and a focus on enhancing network capabilities, Vodafone Idea is poised to make significant strides in the telecom industry. Stay tuned for more updates on Vi’s journey towards 5G innovation.