UK-backed cellco Vodafone India has launched its LTE-1800 network in Kochi, in the Kerala circle, with other cities including Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata due to follow later this month. Prices range from INR29 (USD0.43) for a ‘trial pack’ with 120MB of downloads to INR2,499 for its premium package with 20GB of data. Coinciding with the launch, Vodafone unveiled a range of promotions, including a free upgrade to 4G for its customers (including a free 4G SIM), three months of free access to movies and music, and 100% bonus data for subscribers of its RED tariffs for three months.
In a related development, Vodafone India and Reliance Communications (RCOM) have begun talks regarding sharing 3G spectrum in Delhi and Mumbai, the Economic Times writes, citing sources familiar with the matter. ‘Both telecom operators have 5MHz of 2100MHz spectrum each in both circles and sharing will be a win-win for both,’ the unnamed source was quoted as saying, adding that RCOM has spare capacity in the regions, whilst Vodafone’s networks are increasingly congested.