We’ve known that Reliance Jio has been looking to elbow its way into 4G services for some time, and now a report says this will happen by Q3 2014, meaning this September. The subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) had acquired a pan India unified license back in December 2012.
The license was meant to allow the company to push out all its services without needing separate permissions for each. Reliance Jio’s reach is currently spread across 22 circles via the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum. Looking for a job in a telecom? In preparation of its big move, the network provider is expected to add 7,000 more people to its staff of employees.
IBN Live reports a source as saying that the company will kick off 4G services between July and September starting from Mumbai and Delhi. An official presser announcing these details is expected to come out this June. The service provider has already started testing out it move to the upgraded network in Jamnagar, Delhi and Mumbai.
In case you’re interested in comparisons, Reliance Jio has claimed its 4G network can reach speeds of 49mbps, which is apparently 10 to 12 times faster than what 3G users enjoy currently. A 600MB video can be downloaded within 2 hours at this rate. 3G offers 4mbps of average top speed, according to the post.
The company will depend on the telecom tower setup owned by Reliance Communications (RCom) in order to serve customers. An understanding over sharing of this optic fiber network was made between the two parties in a deal worth Rs 12,000 crores. Well, Airtel will be getting some tough competition soon.