We were earlier lead to believe that Reliance Jio would launch its 4G services in the country by May 2015, but nothing happened till May end except a few test runs. So we were wondering whether Reliance would launch its 4G services in India ever. We know it will but it has missed all its launch dates that we have been hearing about in the last few months. But this time around, the CMD of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani announced that Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (RJIL) will launch its next-gen 4G LTE services in India by the Dec 2015.
This announcement was made at Reliance’s 41st annual general meeting which was held yesterday.
RJIL also plans to launch its fibre broadband services in India and plans to connect millions of homes via high-speed fibre broadband. These fibre broadband services will launched in India’s top 50 cities. The company aims to cover 80% of India with its 4G LTE network by the year end but estimates that it will take another 3 years for covering the entire country.
“FY17 will be the first full year of commercial operations for Jio,” which will expand its countrywide operations “in phases”. “Reliance Jio is currently in pre-launch testing and stabilising phase. The key components of broadband network are now operational and we will play an important role in the digital revolution planned by the Indian government,” said Mukesh Ambani.
RJIL had also invested in various spectrum bands such as 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2300 MHz band for providing 4G LTE data as well as voice services throughout the nation.
According to the reports, RJIL has invested Rs. 34,000 crores alone on the spectrum which amounts its total investment into the 4G LTE business close to Rs. 70,000 crores.
Reliance Jio is planning to launch a host of services priced between Rs. 300 and Rs. 500. It also planning to launch affordable 4G phones below Rs. 4,000 which the users can use to watch HD TV, and avail other services like video-on-demand, music streaming, etc.
It is also reported that RJIL might enter broadcast TV distribution and also has a partnership with State Bank of India for applying for a payments bank license.
We are really hopeful that RJIL will launch its services in time and are also hoping to see some great value-for-money data plans from RJIL.