Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom venture of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Sunday launched its 4G services for its employees in what is seen as a soft launch before these services are expected to be rolled out early next year.
4G, or fourth generation services offers significantly faster data transfer speeds on wireless networks and enables high definition voice and real time video conferencing. Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone India Ltd have already started offering this service in some cities while Idea Cellular Ltd is expected to launch it in March. Reliance Jio’s commercial rollout of service will only begin from March-April 2016.
Reliance plans to offer its services through an all-LTE (Long Term Evolution) network- its voice services will be through the so-called VoLTE (voice over LTE).
“India and Indians cannot afford to be left behind in this new world. India is ranked around 150 in the Internet and mobile broadband penetration out of 230 countries,Jio is conceived to change this.1.3 billion Indians cannot be left behind as the world enters a new era,” RIL chairman, Mukesh Ambani said in a statement issued by the company.
“We have the youngest population in the world. Give them the tools. Give them the skills. Give them the environment. They will surprise us. It is this opportunity to transform the lives of our 1.3 billion Indians that motivated Reliance to enter this space. And Jio is the result. Jio will help advance and realise the potential of every Indian and India,” the statement said.