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Reliance Jio has 1.5 mn test users, moving towards “complete readiness”
MUMBAI: Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), has said that it is “moving towards complete readiness” to commercially launch its 4G services.
There are four circles where it could take four to six weeks to deploy and prepare the network. The telecom department gave its final approval for the circles of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on 7 July.
Reliance Jio said Friday it has over 1.5 million test users on its network. Average monthly consumption per user is in excess of 26 GB and average voice usage per month is at over 355 minutes.
The company said that the test program would be progressively upgraded into commercial operations in the coming months. There has, however, no mention of the date for the commercial launch of its 4G services.
The average monthly consumption per user is increasing rapidly, RIL said in its first-quarter result.
Reliance Jio said it has spent Rs 1.34 lakh crore of the Rs 1.5 lakh crore earmarked for the project. The remaining amount will be spent to expand the coverage of the network from 70% to 90% of the population.
During the quarter, RJIL extended its trial services to users of all LYF devices under the Jio LYF Preview Offer, thereby enabling testing of all the services to customers outside the initial set of test users.
The feedback has been encouraging and all the digital applications have also been tested extensively as part of this programme.
“At Reliance Jio, we have built an entire ecosystem that will allow Indians to live the digital life to the fullest. This transformational ecosystem consists of broadband connectivity, devices and powerful applications and services which will be available to every consumer in India,” RIL CMD Mukesh Ambani said.
RJIL, which is a subsidiary of RIL, is rolling out a state-of-the-art pan-India digital services business. In addition to fixed and wireless broadband connectivity offering superior voice and data services on an all-IP network, it will also offer end-to-end solutions that address the entire value chain across various digital services in key domains such as education, healthcare, security, communication, financial services, government–citizen interfaces and entertainment.
It aims to provide anytime, anywhere access to innovative and empowering digital content, applications and services. It envisages ushering in the era of ‘visuality’, where video will replace voice as the new communication medium. RJIL will have one of the most comprehensive and powerful video networks in the world.
RJIL’s customer offering is built on four key strategic dimensions—widest coverage of LTE services, substantially superior network quality, transformational data capacity and affordable services. RJIL’s deployment of LTE, FTTH and Wi-Fi will make high-speed broadband access widely available to customers across India.
This type of broadband access network offers high-capacity, low-latency services at an affordable price, which is a first for most Indian customers. RJIL will enable IP-centric and content-focused services, with the ability to offer rich, multimedia communication and digital services.
RJIL is the first telecom operator to hold a pan-India Unified Licence. It has total liberalised spectrum holdings of 846.10 MHz, including 440.0 MHz in the 2300 MHz band (one block of 20 MHz in all 22 circles), 213.60 MHz in the 1800 MHz band (blocks ranging from 2×3 MHz to 2×10 MHz in 18 circles) and 192.50 MHz in the 800 MHz band (blocks ranging from 2×2.5 MHz to 2×5 MHz in all 22 circles, including spectrum acquired from Reliance Communications Ltd (RCOM) across 13 circles.
All of this spectrum is liberalised and can be used for rolling out any technology. In addition, RJIL has entered into an agreement with RCOM for sharing of spectrum in the 800 MHz band across 21 circles. Only the telcos are using sub-GHz spectrum band for LTE services in the country today. The combined spectrum footprint across frequency bands provides significant network capacity and deep in-building coverage for RJIL. It is also creating a multi-terabit capacity international network.
RJIL has joined some of the leading global telecom operators like China Unicom, China Mobile, China Telecom, Singtel, T-Mobile US, Telefonica and Axiata Group for a universal Rich Communications Services (RCS) profile worldwide.
This global initiative will provide a common universal profile that will enable these mobile operators to deploy an interoperable RCS implementation with a core feature set and configuration.