The Department of Telecom is learnt to have issued 2.2 crore numbers to Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio Infocomm which paves way for the company to launch its 4G services.
“They (RJIL) have been issued 22 million numbers last evening (Wednesday),” official sources said.
No immediate comments was received from RJIL. RJIL has Unified Licence which allows it to provide mobile phone services as well. It is only company that has pan-India broadband wireless access spectrum that can be used for 4G services.
This would be the second innings for Mukesh Ambani in telecom business after he led Reliance Infocomm which is now known as Reliance Communications and is headed by his younger brother Anil Ambani.
The numbers were issued to RJIL on the subsequent day after its signing the infrastructure sharing agreement with telecom major Bharti Airtel.
Under the agreement,RJIL in future can also have access to 2G and 3G airwaves held by Airtel.
Airtel,on the other hand,can access the former’s 4G spectrum in areas where it does not hold these airwaves.
Bharti Airtel at present has 4G spectrum in 8 services area and provides these high speed services in 6 cities. RJIL is yet to launch its services.
The company was earlier issued numbers for testing purpose. RJIL last October had approached the Department of Telecommunications for numbers to test voice services on its 4G network for Jamnagar,Delhi and Mumbai.