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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August 19, 2014 11:18 am 11:18 AM

when Reliance 4G start in Leghan Distt.BHIWANI haryana

July 8, 2014 11:34 am 11:34 AM


January 12, 2013 8:05 am 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………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………../////////////////////////////////////////////.

December 25, 2012 4:50 am 4:50 AM

I want reliance 4G.

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

Hi Rudradeep

1. Thanks for the update .

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

RK SIngh

September 23, 2012 1:03 pm 1:03 PM

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

September 23, 2012 7:54 am 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… Read more »
September 23, 2012 1:11 am 1:11 AM

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

September 23, 2012 12:51 am 12:51 AM

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

September 22, 2012 7:15 pm 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.


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