Vodafone Idea Ltd

Vi or Vodafone Idea Limited is an Indian telecom operator with its headquarters based in Mumbai and Gandhinagar.[9][10] It is a pan-India integrated GSM operator offering 2G, 3G, 4G, 4G+, VoLTE, and VoWiFi service.[11]

Vodafone Idea Limited
Founded31 August 2018; 3 years ago (2018-08-31)
HeadquartersMumbai (Corp.)[2][3]
Gandhinagar (Reg.)
Key people
RevenueDecrease 42,126 crore (US$5.5 billion)[5] (2021)
Decrease −26,486 crore (US$−3.5 billion)[5] (2021)
Decrease −44,464 crore (US$−5.8 billion)[5] (2021)
Total assetsDecrease 203,480 crore (US$27 billion)[6] (2021)
Total equityDecrease −66,963 crore (US$−8.8 billion)[6] (2021)
Number of employees
13,520 (2021)[7]
SubsidiariesYOU Broadband Limited[8]

As of 31 October 2021, Vi has a subscriber base of 269.03 million,[12] making it third largest mobile telecommunications network in India and 10th largest mobile telecommunications network in the world.[13]

On 31 August 2018, Vodafone India merged with Idea Cellular, to form a new entity named Vodafone Idea Limited. Vodafone currently holds a 28.5% stake in the combined entity and Aditya Birla Group holds a 17.80% stake.[13] Ravinder Takkar, Ex-CEO of Vodafone Romania is the current CEO of the company.[4]

On 7 September 2020, Vodafone Idea unveiled its new brand identity, 'Vi' which involves the integration of the company's erstwhile separate brands 'Vodafone' and 'Idea' into one unified brand.[14][15][16]

As per to the latest data published by the telecom regulator TRAI, Vi had the highest upload speed of 28 Mbps[17] speed in May 2021.


Announced in March 2017 that Idea Cellular and Vodafone India would merge. The merger got approval from the Department of Telecommunications in July 2018. On 30 August 2018, National Company Law Tribunal gave the final nod to the Vodafone-Idea merger[18] The merger was completed on 31 August 2018, and the newly merged entity was named Vodafone Idea Limited.[19][20][13] The merger created the largest telecom company in India by subscribers and by revenue. Under the terms of the deal, the Vodafone Group holds a 45.2% stake in the combined entity, the Aditya Birla Group holds 26% and the remaining shares will be held by the public.[13] Vi lost a significant number of gross and active subscribers in the month of August 2020 after the merger.[21]

Until 7 September 2020, Vodafone Idea Limited operated two separate brands:[22]

Vodafone – a postpaid & prepaid GSM service.[23][24]
Idea – a prepaid and postpaid GSM service, similar to Vodafone.[23][24]

Vi also provides services including Mobile payments, IoT, enterprise offerings and entertainment, accessible via both digital channels as well as on-ground touch points, centres across the country.[25] Vi has a broadband network of 340,000 sites, distribution reach of 1.7 million retail outlets.[25]


Spectrum frequency holding summaryEdit

Vi owns spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands across the country.[26]

Telecom circle coverage E-GSM/ FD-LTE
Band 8
Band 3
Band 1
Band 40
Band 41
Andhra Pradesh & Telangana          
Maharashtra & Goa          
Tamil Nadu          
Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh          
Uttar Pradesh (East)          
Uttar Pradesh (West)          
West Bengal          
Bihar & Jharkhand          
Himachal Pradesh          
Jammu and Kashmir & Ladakh          
North East          

This table contains Vi (Vodafone & Idea) radio frequency details because they had integrated their networks with each other and using one anchor network for both brands in all respective telecom circles. For example, Idea has started 4G services in Delhi and Kolkata telecom circle from May 2018 where the Vodafone is anchor network vice versa Vodafone has Started 4G services in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Bihar & Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir telecom Circle's where Idea is Anchor network. .[27][28] Vi Hasn't Started VoLTE Services for Vodafone Subscribers where Anchor Network is Idea.

Network consolidationEdit

By March 2019, Vi announced its network consolidation across major circles, easing network issues faced by consumers and also enhancing its 4G coverage. Announcements of Network Consolidation were made as below

Enhanced Unified (2G, 3G, and 4G) coverage details

State No of Towns Covered No of Villages Covered Coverage area %/km
Haryana[29] 145 6520 99.5%
ROWB[30] 878 37585 97%
Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh[31] 664 53130 60%
Jammu and Kashmir[32] 110 3301
AP & Telangana[33] 391 19700 92.5%
Bihar & Jharkhand[34] 431 43503 79%
HP[35] 59 11929
NESA & Assam[36] 439 17850 41%

Enhanced LTE (4G) coverage details

State No of Towns Covered No of districts Covered No of Villages Covered Population %
Haryana[29] 137 22 76.08%
ROWB[30] 838 27 78%
Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh[31] 633 77 52%
Jammu and Kashmir[32] 48 9 526 23.6%
AP & Telangana[33] 381 23 8500 67%
Bihar & Jharkhand[34] 343 56 19931 45.3%
HP[35] 45 8 6082 43%
NESA & Assam[36] 340 83 4200 70%
Punjab[37] 227 24 10162 90%

Rajasthan network consolidation

Vi announced the successful consolidation of its radio network integration in Rajasthan service area. With this, Rajasthan is amongst the first eleven circles to complete integration in the world's largest network integration exercise which is currently underway in India.

According to the telecom regulator's data, the pan India wireless subscriber base of Vodafone Idea at the end of March 2019 stood at 394.8 million. The statement on network consolidation in Punjab, said 4G services have been enhanced for both Vodafone and Idea customers in cities including Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Bathinda, Moga, and Hoshiarpur. And in Rajasthan Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Ajmer, Udaipur among others.[38]

Massive MIMOEdit

Vi deployed technologies such as massive MIMO, small cells, TDD sites to enhance coverage and network capacity in Mumbai and Delhi during March. As part of the modernisation exercise, the company deployed more than 5000 massive MIMO, small cells and TDD sites across Churchgate, Prabhadevi, Pali Hill, Lokhandwala, Versova, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Bandra and Dadar among other regions in Mumbai.[39] The company also deployed more than 4,000 Massive Mimo, small cells and TDD sites across the New Delhi and NCR region.[40]


Vi has launched "Giganet" 4G services in select cities of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Rest of Bengal (including Kolkata) circles. The launch of Giganet 4G follows the consolidation of its radio network integration and the deployment of technologies such as Dynamic Spectrum Re-farming (DSR), Spectrum Re-farming, M-MIMO, L900, TDD, and Small Cells to further boost network capacity and coverage across large parts of the country.[41]

Wifi HotspotEdit

Vi Provides wifi hotspot services in major cities Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore with over 200 locations. It is available for all Vi brand customers[42]


YOU BroadbandEdit

YOU Broadband (wholly owned subsidiary of Vodafone Idea)[43] offers fixed line broadband (FTTH) and voice services (VoIP) in major cities of India which includes Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kakinada, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Navsari, Powai, Pune, Rajkot, Surat, Thane, Vadodara, Valsad, Vapi, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.[44]

See alsoEdit


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