Vodafone Idea Ltd. announced the successful consolidation of its radio network integration in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh within a short span of just two months.
With this, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh is amongst the first eight circles to complete integration in the world’s largest network integration exercise which is currently underway in India. Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh circle integration which started in the month of December ’18 was completed within a very short span of just two months.
Vodafone Idea coverage is now available across 664 Towns and 53130 villages in the Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh circle covering 2,60,800 sq km area. 4G coverage has expanded to nearly 52% population in the region covering 77 Districts including 633 Towns and 18759 Villages, for customers of both brands.
According to Mr. Rajesh Naik, Circle Business Head, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh circle, Vodafone Idea Ltd., “The successful consolidation of network in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh circle will enable over 3.2 Crore customers of Vodafone and Idea to enjoy a unified network experience on 2G, 3G & 4G. We are deploying new age technologies to enhance the customer experience as we are building a robust, future ready network in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh”.
In other circles, network integration is taking place on a cluster-by-cluster basis and the subscribers of both Idea and Vodafone brands are gradually moving to a much larger and better network experience. Post integration, customers are enjoying high-speed 4G services with faster connectivity.
Speaking about this mammoth network integration and consolidation project, Mr. Vishant Vora, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea Ltd.said, “With meticulous pre-merger planning and rigorous post-merger execution, we have ensured that our customers remain confidently connected and enjoy uninterrupted services even as we integrate and optimize our network in a phased manner across circles. We have partnered the best of global vendors and equipment suppliers to bring the best network experience for our customers.”
A focused, 3-pronged strategy is driving this consolidation of two individually strong and overlapping networks:
- Make the better and dominant of the two networks in each circle as the anchor network
- Complement anchor network with required support from the other network, and
- Further enhance network capabilities and capacity with the introduction of new technologies such as Dynamic Spectrum Re-farming (DSR), Spectrum Re-farming, M-MIMO and Small Cells.
This core strategy is being rigorously executed across all circles with meticulous planning and smart use of advances in technology by a team of experts from Vodafone Idea along with global vendors.
Further, war rooms have been set-up at national and circle levels to monitor and manage network performance on a real time basis led by Vodafone Idea’s 24/7 functioning world class SNOC in Pune. The company has undertaken special measures to avoid customer inconvenience with shifting, movement and deployment of equipment during the integration process.