India : Reliance Jio Infocomm is going to start its 4G service in India on December 27 but currently only for Reliance group employees.
Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani with his wife Nita Ambani said in an invitation that “We are happy to share that we will unveil Jio to our colleagues first, on the eve of our founder chairman’s (Dhirubhai Ambani) birth anniversary.”
A Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and music composer AR Rahman is being hosted at Reliance Corporate Park in Mumbai as part of the event on December 27 and it will be broadcast live to the 1,000 locations where the company has offices.
The free service will be bound to the 80,000-odd group’s employees and close partners, who are likely to get up to five connections each, translating to as many as four lakh customers, senior executives of the company said, on condition of anonymity.
The company will offer free services for the first three months to test the network before it will go live across the country. Once the services are launched commercially employees will get billed. Later they will have to buy their own devices.
The launch of Reliance Jio 4G service commercially is still a few months away, the executives clarified.
Mukesh Ambani told RIL shareholders that Jio would launch operations in December and fiscal 2016-2017 would be its first “full” year of operations said in June.
Jio is the only company holds highest amount of liberalised spectrum among telecom operators which can be used for deploying any technology for mobile services. The company has 2,300 megahertz (MHz) spectrum, needed to offer the time duplex-long term evolution (TD-LTE) 4G-based communications services, across all 22 telecom circles in the country. The company also has 800 MHz and 1,800 Mhz spectrum in many parts of the country, enabling the company to also offer the frequency duplex (FD-LTE) version of 4G technology, as well as 2G voice services.
Reliance Jio might be the fourth company in India to commercially offer 4G based services, as Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone India Ltd have already started 4G services in India and Idea Cellular Ltd is expected to roll out its services by March next year.