4G Round Up: Reliance Jio Inks Deals with KMC, Ciena & Tech Mahindra

By September 15th, 2013 AT 2:35 PM

4G-India-MapCountry’s only pan-India 4G operator Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a MoU agreement with Kolkata’s city civic body – Kolkata Municipal Corporation to get the license to lay fiber optic cables across the metro.

Tarun Jhunjhunwala, the business head and state mentor (east) of Reliance Jio and Mayor-in-Charge Atin Ghosh signed the deal. Reliance Jio will pay one-time fee of Rs 26 crore to city’s civic body. Reliance Jio will start the laying work of 750km OFC in mid-October after Durga Puja.

The cost of the project would be Rs 4,000 crore and likely to be completed during the first quarter of 2014.

For rest of Bengal circle Reliance Jio plans to lay 3000 km of OFC to roll out 4G services in 54 towns. The project would create 5000 job opportunity in the state.

Ciena to Deploy NLD Network for RJIL

There is strong market news that Reliance Jio appoints Ciena for deployment of core of National Long Distance network. Earlier there were updates that Alcatel Lucent has procured the GPON, FTTx and metro DWDM parts; Samsung got radio access and packet core network portions deal; and Ericsson asked for WiFi component. But no party admitted about the deal.

Tech Mahindra to Provide Solutions for Reliance Jio 4G

There is another news that Tech Mahindra has roped in by RJIL to create various specialized solutions for later’s upcoming 4G services. It has been learnt that two sister companies of Tech Mahindra are working on simultaneously. CanvasM deals with digital promotion, network and utility VAS and solutions for innovations in messaging, content, voice and data. While Mahindra Comviva will provide mobile banking/financial services – a card-free and cash-free transaction services for Reliance Jio 4G consumers. The deal is yet to be announced officially.

Airtel Inks Deal with Kolkata Civic Body

Bharti Airtel also signed MoU with KMC for laying OFC in the city. Airtel’s eastern region CEO P. G. Sharma signed the agreement and said the company will lay 400 km of OFC across the city. The work will be started after Durga Puja, largest festival in Bengal.

Reliance Jio to Participate in Spectrum Auction?

Reliance Jio may take part in the upcoming spectrum auction of 1800MHz and 900MHz band, as analysts think. The move can be beneficial for the company as TRAI proposed 60% cut on spectrum price compared to previous auction.

Buying 900MHz spectrum for LTE, though is not a good option and globally 900MHz band is generally used for basic 2G telephony but this band can help Reliance Jio to roll out voice services and share the network with Reliance Communications.

While 1800MHz spectrum seems a better option if RJIL sticks to 4G only. Globally LTE-FDD over 1800MHz accounts for more than 40% of total LTE roll out, so LTE1800 has more mature ecosystem than any other LTE ecosystem. Still while having 2300MHz spectrum across all 22 circles it is not prudent decision to buy another band of spectrum. LTE-FDD and LTE-TDD – dual mode network? Well only time can say that.

But presence of Reliance Jio will definitely make the auction agreesive and a pricey affair for Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Loop who are to renew and secure 900MHz spectrum in many circles.

iPhone 5c LTE from Indian Players – Little Chance

Media reports that there is little chance that Airtel and Reliance Jio could offer iPhone 5C LTE phone on their LTE networks. Both companies are looking for cheaper devices to break the price barrier between 4G and mass market. Till now only Huawei has launched a LTE-TD phone with Airtel but was not officially launched.

The main reason for rejecting iPhone 5c is non-affordibility in terms of price. iPhone 5c supports several LTE bands including LTE-TD Band 40 (2300MHz)thanks to latest Qualcomm chipset. Though Apple did not reveal the chipset, it seems to be RF360 from Qualcomm which supports 40 LTE Bands to enable global LTE roaming.

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jane
jane

The reliance 4g underground cable laying people spoil good roads and they left the pile of sand and waste there and are not cleaning up

Esmail
Esmail

The Telecom ministry has proposed a spectrum swap deal with the defence ministry to exchange 15MHz of frequency in the 1900MHz band with an equal amount of spectrum in the 2100MHz band currently held by the defence ministry. This spectrum in 1900MHz is lying vacant for future refarming for CDMA operators but that is a decade away, and keeping a valuable natural resource unused for so long is a wastage. If this proposal is accepted by the defence ministry we could see another round of 3G auctions along with the 700MHz 4G auction in first half of 2014. Also if… Read more »

Rama
Rama

@Esmail
If spectrum swap actually takes place wouldnt it create a dilemma for GSM operators as to wheter they should save money for the 900mhz auction or 2100hz auction.And do all phones in india support quad band GSM

Esmail
Esmail

The only operators to be effected by 900MHz auctions are AirTel, Vodafone and Loop. Loop is in no condition to bid for spectrum, so chances are that it will be taken over by AirTel which on the other hand is a global operator and can arrange for funds from its global operations, Vodafone is currently rich on resources after the split with Verizon, so It can win back its 900MHz spectrum. As far as 3G spectrum is concerned, AVoId group as well as Reliance GSM will definitely bid for it, about Tata and Aircel I cant be sure, Tata’s future… Read more »

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