Reliance Jio expected to launch 4G services by September

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 23 2014, 23:05pm hrs
Reliance JioReliance Jio expected to launch 4G services by September. (Reuters)
Telecom arm of RelianceIndustries, RJIL, is likely to launch its 4G services bySeptember this year starting from Delhi and Mumbai."Reliance Jio is engaged in building up team for telecomservices which is almost done. Telecom services are likely tobe launched in third quarter of 2014 ie July-September periodstarting from Delhi and Mumbai," a source privy of thedevelopment said.

RIL has already announced in July that it will add 7,000employees taking total headcount at company to 10,000 in2014-15.

No immediate comments were received from the company.RIL may sharedetails of services launch in June.RJio started first trial of its 4G services in Delhi,Mumbai and Jamnagar. The Department of Telecom has allocated22 million numbers for launch of services.

The source added that company is evaluating devices ofKorean firm Samsung and Chinese company ZTE for its customers. After launching service in Delhi and Mumbai,the companyhas identified Southern part of India as high revenue

generating market followed by West, North and East.

RJio during its trials has showcased broadband speed of49 megabit per second--which is over 10-12 times more than 3Gmobile internet speed that consumer are getting these days.

At a speed of 49 mbps an user can download a full movie,which is generally of 600 megabyte size, in about 2 minutes.The average top speed of 3G network is pegged at 4 mbps. The company has prepared its network architecture planunder which it will provide booster antenna kind of device.This antenna will receive signal from mobile tower and a cablefrom this antenna connect a set-top-box or a modem kind ofdevice inside home that will create wifi network for telecomservice inside home.

The STB has been developed on Google's Android platform.Besides customer premise equipments, RJIL has plans toconnect to those homes which won't get strong signals withoptical fibre network.

RJio also has plans to launch TV services through its 4Gnetwork.Gearing up to foray into TV services market, Reliance JioInfocomm (RJIL) has loaded 150 channels that it will provideacross all devices ranging from mobile phone to TV sets usingits high speed 4G network.