Vodafone expanded its 4G services in Kerala, touching 10 towns in the state. Starting its 4G roll out in the country from Kerala, Vodafone had last week launched the services in the state's commercial hub -- Kochi and then in some other towns.
The firm extended 4G services in Thiruvananthapuram. With this, 10 towns in the state have been brought under the 4G network, Suresh Kunar, Operations Director- South, Vodafone India, told reporters here.
State Chief Secretary, Jiji Thomson, who was the chief guest at the launching function, said efforts were on to make Kerala cabinet an e-cabinet, but did not elaborate. He said Kerala would soon be declared the first digital state in the country.
Abhijit Kishore, Business Head-Kerala of Vodafone, said the state was a significant growth market for the company with data revenue growing by more than 75 per cent annually which was above the national average.
The 4G network will soon be launched in Kozhikode. He said Kerala was a focus market for Vodafone India. In the last 18 months, the company had invested over Rs 700 crore towards network expansion and modernisation to build a technology and energy efficient network architecture to support the volumes and need for speed from customers.
It has a nation-wide subscriber base of 188 million, including 99.3 million rural subscribers. The usage of smartphones in the state was growing at over 65 per cent YoY and was the second-most urbanised state in the country, Kishore added.