Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) has been on the hiring spree recently and has already hired 5,500 people for the key positions. After facing hurdles during the 4G calling test phase, it now seems that the Reliance 4G launch is right on track. It has appointed Samsung as its technology partner and Nokia Networks as telecom gear provider. Reliance Jio also has recently inked an IT contract deal with IBM amounting to $250 million to $350 million.
Reliance Jio holds the pan-India licence for deploying TD-LTE network in the 2.3 GHz band. It plans to start testing it 4G network by October this year and has also selected 1,200 cities for the launching their 4G services in 2015. Reliance Jio Infocomm had also acquired radio-waves in the 1.8 GHz spectrum across many circles.
RJIL plans to provide 4G TD-LTE service along with countrywide high-speed broadband service.
RJIL had planned to launch 4G data service at a very affordable price but the final cost is likely go up as RJIL had to increase its CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) for leasing RCom’s cell sites.
If things go well, we can expect to see some affordable 4G data packs along with high-speed broadband plans from Reliance Jio. Till then, I’ll have my fingers crossed.