4G India: Reliance Jio, TranSwitch, Rancore, Airtel, Tikona, Google, Videocon, Nokia

India-4GThis week’s biggest 4G news is Reliance Jio Infocomm has applied for unified license to offer any type of communications over its 4G/BWA spectrum won in 2010. That means Reliance Jio can offer voice and messaging services as well as data services over its 20MHz of 2300MHz spectrum.

Govt recently has come up with unified license policy to open up new opportunities to telecom sector of the country. The new policy will delink the spectrum from the license to offer different services. Reliance Jio, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries will pay Rs 1,658 crore to the department of telecommunications to get unified license.

There are another two companies applied for unified licenses. One is probably Tikona Digital Networks.

Reliance Retail Grows

Reliance Industries’ retail subsidiary Reliance Retail has become the country’s topmost retail chain. Earlier country’s retail market was dominated by Future Group. I earlier predicted that RIL may use its Retail chains as launchpad as well royalty programs for promoting its 4G products. It seems RIL is going this way.

Rancore Associates with TranSwitch

Rancore Technologies, the technology and development arm of Reliance Jio Infocomm has announced a deal with TranSwitch, a global leader in IC production. TranSwitch provides innovative integrated circuit (IC) and intellectual property (IP) solutions, which help the customer and network infrastructure segment in delivering core functionality for video, voice and data communication equipments.

Rancore will use TranSwitch’s Atlanta 80 communication processor to launch Reliance’s next generation broadband services. The processor will enable Rancore’s new analog terminal adaptor (ATA) to support multiple services and applications simultaneously, including 4G high-speed data and high quality Voice over LTE (VoLTE) (Long-Term Evolution) without undermining performance. Additionally, the processor will offer 100 Mbps wire speed router throughout for Ethernet frames and will support virtual private network (VPN) services as well.

Airtel 4G may be in Delhi by Next Month

Country’s largest mobile operator and first 4G-LTE operator, Bharti Airtel continues expanding its 4G market, as Delhi is probably their next 4G market. If all go right, Delhi, country’s one of the most lucrative data market will get Airtel 4G by September.

Google Digital to Buy Shares in Tikona

There is strong rumor in the market that Google is looking to enter India’s high-potential-but-yet-to-mature data market. As per reports by EconomicsTimes Google Capital is in talks with Tikona Digital to buy a stake. Tikona has 4G licences in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh East and West, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

The publication also reported that Yahoo and Microsoft are also showing interest to buy shares in Tikona. But officially no one confirmed this development. If Google-Tikona deal materializes, it could change India’s digital landscape considering Google’s Fiber services in United States. However we guess it’s very early stage to forecast anything.

Videocon 4G by March 2015: Promises Ultra Cheap Data

Videocon mobile services is in an advanced stage of discussion with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN, earlier Nokia Siemens Networks) to roll out 4G services. Videocon has 5 MHz spectrum on 1800MHz band in 7 circles and will use FDD-LTE technology to offer 4th generation high speed internet access over this band. Videocon expects to start roll out of 4G services by the end of this financial year in a phased manner city by city based upon the market potential.

“We are known for providing value for money to customers. Our tariffs for 4G will be among the lowest in the country,” said Arvind Bali, director and CEO, VTL.

Huge 1800MHz Spectrum Sale Coming: FDD-LTE Dominance?

Govt of India is in plans to put up 285 MHz spectrum of 1800 MHz in next auction as Supreme Court asked to sell all spectrum released by February 2012 license cancellation.

However 285 MHz spectrum is available separately across 22 circles. But with unified spectrum and license policy many operators are definitely use this band for rolling out 4G services. Idea and Vodafone, major telecom players without any BWA spectrum may look into it. Globally LTE-FDD over 1800MHz accounts for more than one-third of total LTE roll out; hence ecosystem is better than any combination.

Nokia Readies for 4G in India

Nokia is gearing up for upcoming 4G device market in India. Globally Nokia has launched several 4G smartphones – but those handsets are compatiable with HSPA+/DC-HSPA+ or FDD-LTE technology. But Indian 4G operators are using LTE-TD technology. It seems that Nokia is in talks with Indian 4G operators to bring LTE-TD smartphones.

Recently the company launched two new Windows 8 smartphone – Lumia 925 and Lumia 625. Nokia, the fallen king before Android dominance is offering EMI and buy back options to promote Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Nokia’s Lumia 520 becomes cheapest WP8 smartphone at Rs 8500 approx.

Micromax, Karbonn, Lava/Xolo – 4G Device Market will have Many Choices

Karbonn Mobiles, another Indian handset company has expressed its plans to bring 4G devices to Indian market. Earlier Micromax and Lava (and its premium sub brand Xolo) also cleared the fact they will not leave no stone untouched and will eventually bring 4G/LTE devices as the ecosystem becomes stronger. With attractive pricing in a price-sensitive market domestic handset companies are putting international brands like Samsung, Nokia, LG, Sony in a tough turf.

This Article Was Written By: Rudradeep Biswas

Rudradeep Biswas - Senior Telecom Analyst

The happy guy RDB (stands for Rudradeep Biswas) has been writing for Telecomtalk since 2009, covering mobile operators, 3G, broadband, WiFi, 4G, LTE, telecom policies and what-not related to Indian telecom. He is by profession a doctor, did his MBBS from R.G.Kar Medical College, Kolkata.

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  • Himesh Shah September 29, 2013 2:34 pm, 2:34 PM

    @ RDB : Which Bands / Frequencies will be used for 4G in India?
    Reason for asking : There are many variants available in different Mobile Handset each one working on separate Bands / Frequencies.

  • Pratham August 29, 2013 12:00 am, 12:00 AM

    Reliance GSM 2G/3G dosent have any network between panvel to pen, alibaug and many places of Raigad dist maharashtra

  • Sanjay August 27, 2013 9:21 pm, 9:21 PM

    In 2014 , we get a clear idea about 2G/3G/4G prices , in my views 2G will be costlier, 3G Cheap and 4G will also be cheap ..

  • Manish Adhikari August 27, 2013 8:10 pm, 8:10 PM

    Reliance prove what they are actually…
    On Recharge of Rs. 123/- now they giving only 512MB without any notification and making people fool.
    On call to customer care executive, they told the remaining data will be credited in next 48h… and the most funniest thing is that they give you the same data which you have after 48h. i.e., if u have 100MB data remaining after 48h they will not give you remaining 512MB data, irrespective they give you only 100MB.

    It’s a direct cheat to us and i’ll definitely go to consumer court for this.

    Bad Policy reliance this time…. :( :(

    • Keshav Jha August 27, 2013 11:02 pm, 11:02 PM

      I am also facing the same issue. Only 512 MB data in 123/-. I didn’t get anything else. Cheater will always remain cheater.

      • Raghu August 28, 2013 12:29 am, 12:29 AM

        I think u have to take it up at PGportal ur grievance.

    • Anish August 28, 2013 10:17 pm, 10:17 PM

      Me too faced the same issue.

      After recharging with 123/- I got 512MB data. I called CC and they told the remaining 512MB data will be credited in next 24 hrs. I got 13MB data after 2 days when I had used up 499MB data. So, on total I got 512+13=525 MB data by paying Rs.123

      Reliance is a clear chiter…

    • Akhil Mohan August 29, 2013 8:01 pm, 8:01 PM

      After a few years if Reliance becomes a big operator in India, then we all will suffer because then they will be controlling Govts telecom policy making like they are doing in some other sectors like oil and gas…

  • Saurabh August 27, 2013 8:02 pm, 8:02 PM

    The article is nicely summed up. Keep it up, Rudra. :)

    • Rudradeep Biswas August 27, 2013 8:41 pm, 8:41 PM

      Instead of making each and another story on every day, let’s sum 4G up ! :)

  • CHAITANYA DAS August 27, 2013 7:45 pm, 7:45 PM


    • Rudradeep Biswas August 28, 2013 4:27 pm, 4:27 PM

      Tikona currently offers internet services using MIMO technology over free spectrum in all circles.

  • s@M August 27, 2013 6:42 pm, 6:42 PM

    Compact powerful article

  • ritesh August 27, 2013 5:17 pm, 5:17 PM

    After recharging data pack of 17 in bsnl.in 3g mode it give a downlod of 15-20 kb/s.never get 3g speed .customer care is useless. I am from muzaffarpur bihar.what to do .pls help

    • soumya August 27, 2013 7:45 pm, 7:45 PM

      same here in durgapur.. recharged with 39 3g packs, getting 2g speed,, its a joke on cutomer….

    • Duane Bayliss August 27, 2013 7:54 pm, 7:54 PM

      @ Ritesh – send PORT to 1900
      Submit the UPC code and Documents at any operator of your choice.
      This is the best “help” anyone can offer, to release you from the clutches of BSNL.

      • Ramalingam August 28, 2013 4:42 pm, 4:42 PM

        Hey there it seems that you are some kind of a telecom expert and reply to almost all the comments in tt well even i am currently gaining some interest in the telecom sector and read articles daily on tt but i have one doubt over here it seems that reliance jio has 20 mhz over 1800 mhz spectrum for 4G could you explain me what this means

    • ROHAN SINGH August 28, 2013 1:30 pm, 1:30 PM

      Many are facing the same issue. But those who have 3G sim are getting 3G speeds. I think you have to exchange your old sim and get a new 3G sim to get the speed. This problem is with the old sim.

      • Anish August 28, 2013 10:27 pm, 10:27 PM

        I rarely get max speed of 1.2Mbps on BSNL 2G SIM in 3G mode in Kolkata.
        But most of the time it gives speed nearly 13-40 kbps. Earlier I used to get max speed of 20 kbps on 2G GPRS and max speed of 120 kbps on 2G EDGE.

    • Akhil Mohan August 29, 2013 8:04 pm, 8:04 PM

      I also faced this issue but they then send me some network setting which seem similar but after applying that speeds are waaaaaaaaaay high.

  • Tharun George August 27, 2013 5:15 pm, 5:15 PM

    No phones, low coverage, expensive devices. It will be a very hard for reliance Jio to compete against 3G at 2G rates from BSNL and Reliance.

    • Duane Bayliss August 27, 2013 7:55 pm, 7:55 PM

      @ Tharun – that’s what we all though – yet they launched the “Monsoon Offer” @ Rs 501 when CDMA started.

      • Tharun George August 27, 2013 8:54 pm, 8:54 PM

        Still CDMA failed pathetically.

        • Kanaga Deepan N August 28, 2013 1:03 am, 1:03 AM

          NOT when MDA was incharge of RIM…

          • Rudradeep Biswas August 28, 2013 4:29 pm, 4:29 PM

            CDMA fails, because Reliance and Tata are busy with GSM and now 3G; and MTS is sitting confused !

            • Pratul August 29, 2013 11:23 am, 11:23 AM

              CDMA failed because of dearth of good handsets in India. just look in US Verizon is number one in US and its pure CDMA operator. All the handset manufacturer make customized smartphones for Verizon which are locked to verizon network. They provide these handsets on contract basis. We dont have these type of system in India. In india GSM beats CDMA because common man cannot differentiate between them and does not look at their advantages/disadvantages but is only obsessed by the hardware(mobile device) and its features. They want large screen, latest android version, 1GB ram…..
              Also TATA & Reliance are dual technology operators so they want to use CDMA only for data, so they are trying to port all voice subscribers to GSM leaving CDMA only for data.

      • aasif December 14, 2013 6:47 pm, 6:47 PM

        Reliance Failed in the post Mukesh ERA….

  • Tharun George August 27, 2013 5:12 pm, 5:12 PM

    “Nokia’s Lumia 520 becomes cheapest WP8 smartphone at Rs 6000 approx.”
    Its not lumia 520, its 510 with WP7.5.

    • Duane Bayliss August 27, 2013 7:57 pm, 7:57 PM

      @ Tharun thanks for the correction: must have been a type on the part of RDB (Or whoever posted the story using his WordPress account).

    • Rudradeep Biswas August 27, 2013 8:37 pm, 8:37 PM

      it would be 9K :( anyway edited that.
      just checked it is now available for Rs 8799 on a portal.

  • Dhiraj August 27, 2013 4:57 pm, 4:57 PM

    Actually 2G data services are struggling in India.

    • Duane Bayliss August 27, 2013 7:55 pm, 7:55 PM

      Sez who? Source of your data pls.

  • guru August 27, 2013 4:33 pm, 4:33 PM

    if nokia 520 is selling 3k cheaper on tt i want one!

    • Duane Bayliss August 27, 2013 7:56 pm, 7:56 PM

      TT is not a E-commerce portal!


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