Way to 4G : Reliance Infotel is Busy to Finalize Vendors

Though there is no definite date of launch is announced or rumored, there are lots of happenings inside Infotel Broadband, the 4G arm of Reliance Industries. It is expected that Infotel will kickstart 4G/LTE-TDD based wireless broadband services in Delhi and Mumbai in early 2013.

RIL Infotel Map

Reliance Infotel is the only company in the country which won 20MHz pan India spectrum on 2300 MHz band to offer 4G/BWA services. Infotel will roll out LTE-TDD services over the spectrum. Till now only Airtel has launched 4G/LTE services in India, available in Kolkata and Bangalore with merely 3000 around subscribers. There is a price barrier to make 4G mass popular.

Optical Network

To support the ultra high speed wireless network RIL needs to make a robust optical fiber network accross the country. The deal has been given to HFCL to lay cables in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities. For making the optical transport infrastructure from a blank RIL selected Ciena, Infinera and Alcatel-Lucent.

LTE Equipment

Samsung does get the order for equipment for RAN (Radio Access Network), Core and access layer for LTE-TDD network of Infotel, though there is no official confirmation. It is supposed to be for Mumbai initially and then for other circles also. It is really good for Samsung as it got the deal competing Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Siemens, Huawei and ZTE. Samsung will supply Smart LTE solution aka eNodeB to Infotel, the first shipment will be delivered by Decemeber, 2012. The core tech framework will be made by Cisco.

Telecom Towers

RIL earlier was planning for renting towers to roll out 4G services in India. Later RIL moved for this assest light model and now plans for deploying own towers, as large as 1 lakh in numbers. The interesting part of RIL’s tower plans is its low cost models. RIL is working on a ultra low cost base stations as low as Rs 1 lakh, which is at least 20-40 times cheaper than traditional base stations. RIL will also share these towers to others. 

As Indian BWA players have 2300MHz spectrum for 4G roll out, it will have less coverage. So installing more towers is required, so low cost tower model seems to be a better idea.

OSS/BSS (operations support system/business support system):

On telecom many operators just outsource management systems. RIL is also going the same way which is cost effective and better in terms of quality. Reported by Voice&Data RIL has finalized OSS/BSS vendors as below:

customer management, customer relationship management – SAP

service management – HP, Amdocs, and SAP

resource management – HP and Amdocs

order management – Amdocs

quality and problem management – HP

network monitoring – HP Openview

revenue assurance and fraud management – Subex

security management – Microsoft

BIW/BI (Business Information Warehouse/Busines Intelligence) – Green Plum

integration of OSS/BSS modules – IBM

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  • DINESH - BHIWANI,HARYANA August 19, 2014 11:18 am

    when Reliance 4G start in Leghan Distt.BHIWANI haryana

  • ANISH PATEL - BARODA.,GUJARAT July 8, 2014 11:34 am


  • SUNIL KUMAR January 12, 2013 8:05 am

    We have been hearing this same thing since last two years that they are finalizing vendors and setting up towers and preparing budget plans for masses and yada yada yada.they will not launch till date………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………../////////////////////////////////////////////.

  • Paresh December 25, 2012 4:50 am

    I want reliance 4G.

  • Rakesh kumar Singh October 8, 2012 1:04 pm

    Hi Rudradeep

    1. Thanks for the update .

    2. Very Informative for Network O&M people like me

    RK SIngh

  • Prithvi September 23, 2012 1:03 pm

    Minimum Post FUP Speeds??? Will they adhere to 256kbps norms set by TRAI – This is the key.

  • Saurabh September 23, 2012 7:54 am

    @Tharun George,

    BWA licenses are valid for 20 years just like a telecom license being provided in India. So the expiry date is September 1, 2030. DoT had eased the roll-out obligations for BWA license winners when auction was held i.e why Reliance is free to take time. If we have had the same obligations like the ones imposed on Telecom operators, company must have covered 10-50 percent everywhere until now. As LTE wasn’t that matured and there were only 3 countries to have LTE available commercially during the auction and equipment suppliers were not ready at that time, DoT provided time to companies.


    You’re right. Infotel representatives had attended pre-bid conference on 2G auction which shows their intent. Some of their issues have been clarified by DoT. The whole queries and replies are posted on DoT website.


    Good to see your enthusiam. But before I answer your query, I want you to read some information regarding Mobile Network’s Backhaul systems.

    Also if you know the working of Wi-Fi networks, you will easily understand or get the idea. There is also an article on TT with Headline Last Mile Connectivity by Anurag, it will further clarify your doubts. You’ve to be a good reader to understand things. So keep reading.

  • rachit September 23, 2012 1:11 am

    can anybody explain me y optical fibre cable laying is reqd??
    isnt it a tower based setup??

  • Venky September 23, 2012 12:51 am

    Infotel is planning for a unified access license in upcoming 2g spectrum of auction.

  • Harish September 22, 2012 7:15 pm

    We have been hearing this same thing since last two years that they are finalizing vendors and setting up towers and preparing budget plans for masses and yada yada yada.they will not launch till 3 quarter of 2013.

  • Tharun George September 22, 2012 6:22 pm

    BWA auction was completed 2010. Till now no infrastructural work has begun. They are expecting to start service in 2 cities after 3 years of auction. By the time they cover 80% cities of India it will be 2020. By this time their license will expire and we would have 6G Broadband from others.

    I know RIl need to start everything from scratch. But all they are doing is scratching their heads. Even BSNL rolled out WiMax and 3G in 1 year.

  • Saurabh September 22, 2012 4:47 pm

    amit mittal :
    They said they don’t have money to expand 3G, Don’t know how they will launch LTE

    How many times you want us to explain that Reliance Communications whose GSM/CDMA/3G you are currently using is not the same company which will start 4G also?

    Reliance Infotel Broadband is Mukesh Ambani’s company. The company you are talking about which don’t have enough funds to expand their GSM or 3G network is Anil Ambani’s company.

    Reliance Communications Limited (GSM/CDMA/3G) and Reliance Infotel (4G Only) are two different companies.

    Hindi mein bhi bata deta hu. Reliance Infotel jo 4G service shuru karegi woh Mukesh Ambani ki company hai. Reliance Infotel ke pass sirf 4G service ka license hai aur jo company filhaal GSM/CDMA/3G service de rahi hai woh Anil Ambani ki company Reliance Communications hai. Dono companies ka ya unki management ka koi lena dena nahi hai. TO mat mix karo inhe.

  • amit mittal September 22, 2012 4:23 pm

    They said they don’t have money to expand 3G, Don’t know how they will launch LTE

  • krazy September 22, 2012 4:13 pm

    Chalo shyad relaince ke 4g ane ke bad shyad 3g ke plans and coverage sudhar jaye more competiton hoga 1mbps wala 3g india me full a jaye to companies bhi pesa kmayengi aur customers bhi khush bas waiting for it to happen

  • Saurabh September 22, 2012 4:02 pm

    The dream of Rs.10 for 1 Gigs will remain dream. People must understand that Reliance Industries telecom arm Infotel Broadband will have to spend huge amounts to setup their infrastructure all over India and we can’t expect cheaper services. Until now they don’t have a single tower. Maybe trials are going on somewhere. I think they will cover major cities first in all circles in next 2-3 years. So, I’m not hoping for 4G in my area for next 3 years. As far as their entry in 2G is concerned, if they bid for 2G spectrum also, it will further add to outgo of money.

    Forget about 4G, 3 out 4 operators who have 3G license for our circle including BSNL, Tata Docomo and Vodafone are yet to launch 3G in towns even after 2 years since first launch. It is even more in case of BSNL 3G which hasn’t arrived in any town of Haryana from 3.5 years. Only Idea is available as of now and seriously adding more and more towns. I hope we get more options in a year or so.

  • anupam September 22, 2012 2:26 pm

    i wud still use my mtnl unlimited plan with no FUL fair use limit 1mbps @Rs1000

  • anupam September 22, 2012 2:25 pm

    i wud still use my mtnl unlimited plan with no FUL fair use limit 1mbps

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  • Pratik September 22, 2012 2:09 pm

    I am still not able to understand why so slow roll out and what is taking them so much of time?

  • Arka September 22, 2012 1:27 pm

    LOOKS like bohut bora dhamaka hone bala hai!!

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