Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL), a subsidiary of RIL, is the first telecom operator to hold pan India Unified License. RJIL is the only private player with Broadband Wireless Access spectrum in all the 22 telecom circles of India and plans to provide reliable fast internet connectivity and rich digital services on a pan India basis. In addition, RJIL has in 2014 acquired spectrum in 1800 MHz in 14 circles across India.
In March 2015, RJIL has successfully acquired the right to use spectrum in 800 MHz & 1800 MHz in 13 key circles across India in the Spectrum Auction conducted by Department of Telecommunication (DoT), Government of India. With this acquisition, in addition to the pan-India 2300 MHz spectrum, RJIL has spectrum in either 800 MHz or 1800 MHz or both in 20 out of the total of 22 circles in the country. RJIL’s total equivalent spectrum footprint has increased from 597.6MHz to 751.1MHz (including uplink and downlink), strengthening its position as the largest holder of liberalized spectrum. RJIL plans to provide seamless 4G services using LTE in 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2300MHz bands through an integrated ecosystem.
RJIL is setting up a pan India telecom network to provide to the highly underserviced India market, reliable (4th generation) high speed internet connectivity, rich communication services and various digital services in key domains such as education, healthcare, security, financial services, government-citizen interfaces and entertainment. RJIL aims to provide anytime, anywhere access to innovative and empowering digital content, applications and services, thereby propelling India into global leadership in digital economy.
RJIL has made significant progress in building its LTE business, including physical network infrastructure, systems and processes, sales and distribution network, applications and services, content etc. It is working with strategic partners who have committed significant resources, knowhow and global talent to support deployment and testing activities currently underway.
Crucial developments are listed as follows:
- Mobile Switching Centre Code (MSC), Mobile Country Code (MCC) and Mobile Network Code (MNC) for mobile access services has been allotted
- Signalling point codes for launching national long distance (NLD) and international long distance (ILD) are allotted
- Clearances to set up international internet gateways has been received
- Successful demonstration of Lawful Intercept and Monitoring (LIM) system in few circles with DoT
- Demonstration of capabilities of Aadhaar based e-KYC for paperless activations of subscribers
RJIL has exhibited trial 4G services at various Techfest, College events, Trade shows etc. and has offered high-speed Wi-Fi broadband services to various participants. Participants were able to experience benefit of high speed wireless connectivity for hand held devices (smart phones and tablets) over a blend of LTE and Wi-Fi networks. RJIL has launched trial Wi-Fi hot spots across India and is in the process of entering agreements with various State and Local Authorities to provide Wi-Fi services.
Esmail is our very own in-house spectrum specialist. He is passionate about Telecom, DTH and OTT video streaming apps. When not writing an article, you can find him binge watching shows on Netflix while sipping on a cup of coffee.