Reliance Jio to Offer Nation Wide End-to-End Telecommunication Services
In late December 2015, just as the year wound down, Reliance Industries Limited’s telecom division launched the beta version of its latest offering, Reliance Jio, during a glitzy ceremony in Mumbai. Since then, Reliance Jio (officially known as Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited) has been in the news and has made headlines every other day. Said to be made available to customers in March 2016, Reliance Jio will not just provide the much-awaited 4G services but will also include broadband and digital services.
It all started off with Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) buying a whopping 95% stake in Infotel Broadband Services Limited in 2010. The stake cost Reliance INR 4,800 crores, and in return, got them 4G broadband spectrum in 20 odd zones across India. With this, Reliance Jio became the first company to win ownership of an Indian Unified License that allows them to provide all kinds of telecommunication services except global mobile communication through satellite technology.
Let’s take a look at what Jio is offering. First, there’s the 4G Broadband. The fourth generation (4G) connections, from Reliance Jio, will employ Long Time Evolution (LTE), a technological benchmark by which wireless data is used in advanced countries. Jio is planning to also rollout 4G across the voice and data spectrum with the help of VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) technology. Experts in the field say that VoLTE will go a long way in improving voice quality, reducing usage of battery life and bring down WiFi costs. The service pack will also include Jio Chat, Reliance’s very own IM service, along with cloud-based live TV, music, news, movies and platforms for digital payment.
Since the company is exclusively offering 4G services (neither 2G nor 3G will be possible with Jio), Reliance has tied up with phone manufacturers, Intex and Huawei. These two brands will produce a line-up of 4G Lyf Smartphones. Priced between INR 4,000 and INR 32,000, the handsets will be one of those rare phones in India that 4G VoLTE compatible. But if you already own one of the latest phones to hit the market, say the iPhone 6, then you shouldn’t have a problem connecting to Jio’s 4G services.
Already, the company has put in place WiFi hotspots in cities across the country. Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and Surat, and Madhya Pradesh’s Indore were some of the first places to be connected to JioNet Wifi. Other cities that have been fitted with the hotspots include Kolkata, Lucknow, Bhubanewar, and Mussorie.
Coming back to the 4G services, as of now, Reliance’s employees alone can use them and the company is using this as an opportunity to gather feedback and possibly provide improve the quality of services. If everything goes as scheduled, then come March, Reliance will unveil the services and offer it to consumers across India. And if sources are to be believed, the packs might be priced low, between INR 300 -500.
Let’s wait and watch!