Looks like Reliance Jio Infocomm will not be able to complete their testing in stipulated time, the date for which was set for 16th of July. According to a ET report, Reliance Jio needs more time to complete the testing that needs to be done for successfully having voice calls on 4G technology.
The telecommunication department has granted Jio Infocomm an extension of another 6 months to carry out their testing. The department had allocated 10,000 voice numbers in October of last year to Jio Infocomm to aid their testing.
Reliance Jio is the only company that currently holds Pan-India 4G waves and when they were acquired by way of auction, it was only supposed to offer data services. However, according to new policy introduced by Government, a data service provider can start offering voice calling services as well on their network by paying an additional fee of Rs. 1658 crore.
Due to Reliance Jio Infocomm’s Pan-India coverage, this new policy stood to benefit them immensely. By paying the additional amount, they become a full fledged Pan-India Telecom operator able to offer data as well as mobile call services.
However, before paying the fees, Jio Infocomm wanted to make sure that they carry out proper testing and feasibility of 4G calls. It was expected that they would complete their testing by end 0f 2013.
Given that testing itself will take another 6 months, the actual launch of their service should happen sometime in third or fourth quarter of next year.