Archive for September, 2015

Reliance Jio gives 4G-enabled Mobile Phones Order to Intex

September 24, 2015

Reliance JioInfocomm, the telecom arm of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, is preparing itself for a commercial launch of its services in December, this year. The company is in talks with many handset manufacturers to promote affordable 4G handsets across the country.

Order given to Intex

Reliance Jio placed an order with Delhi based-Intex Technologies to supply 1 lakh 4G-enabled handsets. The mobile phone manufacturer will deploy its first shipment in October, consisting of 20,000 mobile phones. Reliance Jio was in talks with many mobile phone manufacturers, including Apple, Micromax and Samsung. Intex was the first to bag an order.

To meet the requirements and terms stated by Reliance Jio, Intex came up with a 4G-enabled phone having voice over long-term evolution (VoLTE) technology. Generally, 4G-handsets do not have VoLTE technology, but this technology is necessary for Reliance Jio services and for its network to work on the handsets. An industry expert informed that voice calling under Reliance Jio will not be possible without the VoLTE network.

VoLTE technology is found in iPhone 6 and high-end and expensive Android phones. It offers superior voice quality and reduces the cost of setting up and maintaining the network. In addition, it is completely IP-based, unlike GSM.

A spokesperson of Intex also revealed that the Reliance Jio mobile phones are below the range of Rs. 10,000. However, the telecom company will decide the final selling price. Reliance Jio will be responsible for the distribution of the mobile phones, while the handsets will be sold under the brand name of Intex.

As per first quarter reports of Financial Year 2015 -2016 from the global market research company, International Data Corporation, Intex is the third largest smartphone company in India. It has an 11% market share. The first two companies are Samsung and Micromax with 23% and 17% market shares respectively.

Motorola’s association with Reliance Retail

Motorola, owned by the Chinese company, Lenovo announced that it will sell its phone on popular e-commerce websites. To shoot the offline sale, it will be using large-format stores of Reliance Retail. It will begin its sale from large cities and metros.

Earlier, Motorola used Flipkart exclusively to sell its phones. It has announced these steps to increase its customer reach. Chen Xudong, Chairman of Motorola Mobility operation board said that people in India still largely rely on offline channels and hence the company has decided to take such a step.

Reliance Jio’s first 4G handset

Reliance Jio’s first 4G handset in the country was the recently launched, Lenovo Vibe Shot. The device is photography oriented and is priced at Rs. 19,999. The phone carries Reliance Jio’s branding and has many built-in applications like Jio Experience, Jio Friends, and Jio Drive, among others. The phone is set to capture the upper-mid segment of the smartphone market in India.

Lenovo Vibe Shot has a 5-inches screen, with full-HD resolution display. Its primary camera is 16 megapixels and it is endowed with features like optical image stabilization and a triple-LED dual tone flash. The secondary camera is 8 megapixels.

Summary

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited placed an order with Intex Technologies for the supply of 1 lakh 4G-enabled mobile phones in the country.

Ganesh Pandals to receive Reliance Jio’s Wi-Fi service

September 16, 2015

Reliance Jio Infocomm has decided to offer its 4G service at the most popular Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai. These include Lalbaug Cha Raja, Andheri Cha Raja and Sahyadri Cha Raja. Any devotee visiting these places will get the benefit of high-speed Jionet service.

Reliance Jio’s service in Mumbai

The service will be offered free of charge for 11 days. The company is installing the internet hotspots so that Mumbai’s people will be able to experience its service. It will help the company to popularize the service. The company will also take feedback from the people so that it gives out seamless services during its formal launch.

To enjoy the 4G Jionet service, users will have to scan from their smartphones and select Jionet. They will be required to give in some details and enter a one-time password (OTP). If the user is inactive on the system for more than 30 minutes, then he will be automatically logged out. He will have to re-enter the OTP to use the high-speed internet again.

Reliance Jio’s service in other cities

Just like the Mumbai’s Ganesh festival, Reliance Jio had targeted Lucknow’s Ganjing festival, too. It offered its 4G Wi-Fi service at the Hazratganj market, which is one of the busiest shopping areas in the city. Hazratganj became the first market of the country in a non-metro to get the unlimited 4G internet service.

The service is deployed using fiber optics and cover a 100-meter radius on both sides of the MG Marg, from GPO crossing to Parivartan Chowk. The users enjoy a speed between 5 Mbps and 10 Mbps whereas 3G networks usually give a speed of 2-3 Mbps.

Reliance Jio has also given its services in cities like Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, etc. Officials of these projects have reported that the services are being largely used by students to download applications, study materials, large PDF formats, movies, etc. People also widely use the network for Skype calling and videoconferencing. An official said, “The speed enabled by fiber optic is addictive.”

Reliance Jio’s preparations

Reliance Jio will be rolling out its commercial service from December, 2015. It is dealing with local mobile phone makers to launch their own 4G smartphones. This will enable more and more people to enjoy the benefit of the high-speed internet.

Reliance Jio will buy these smartphones from the manufacturers, give them its own brand, ReConnect and sell them as Reliance phones. It plans to build its direct retail presence in more than 1,000 outlets. The company also offers a messaging application known as Jio Chat.

Reliance Jio is testing its Long Term Evolution (LTE) services on Band 40 (TD-LTE 2300 MHz) and Band 3 (FDD-LTE 1800 MHz). Last month, the company deployed its 4G LTE service to its employees, too.

All of these show that Reliance Jio will be leaving no stone unturned to offer efficient service and superior experience to its customers. The entry of Reliance Jio will affect the business of many major telecom operators.

Summary

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited will be offering its 4G Wi-Fi service during the Ganesh festival, at selected Pandals in Mumbai.

Reliance Jio provides Wi-Fi Services at the Global Investors Meet

September 10, 2015

The next location where Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, Reliance Industries Limited’s telecom arm, chose to offer its high-speed Wi-Fi services is Chennai. The service known as ‘Jionet’ will be given at the Global Investors Meet, whichis presently being conducted at Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Global Investors Meet

The conference will be held for two days on 10th and 11th September. The Chief Minister of the state, J.Jayalalithaa inaugurated the conference. The meet has been scheduled to get more and more investments in Tamil Nadu. Reliance Jio became the official connectivity partner of this conference.

Reliance Jio’s services at the conference

A spokesperson from Reliance Jio informed that the company has tied-up with this meeting as it wants visitors to experience the digital ecosystem that the company is establishing. The ecosystem will have high-speed data networks and specially created applications. It will also have rich content that will help people to know how it can upgrade their lives.

After deploying the services, Reliance Jio will take feedback from the users regarding their experience. Based on that, the company will fix the loopholes in the system, if any. This will help it to offer flawless and seamless connectivity during the formal launch in December, this year. A statement from the company’s release mentioned that after the Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) services are initiated,Wi-Fi and LTE networks will work smoothly with each other.

Reliance Jio launching smartphones

Along with the 4G services, Reliance Industries will also be launching entry level 4G-enabled smartphones. The phones will have low prices. The company promised to price them between Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 4,000.

The mobile phones will have inbuilt Jio applications that will be sold under Reliance Industries’ own brand ReConnect. Reliance Retail will be selling the phones. Its electronic branch, Reliance Digital will store the phones in its 1,300 retail stores across the country.

Reliance Jio is in talks with 24 mobile phone manufacturers and five chip makers to roll out a range of devices at varied prices. The company does not want to earn profits from these smartphones. It just needs to set up the ecosystem of devices before its official launch.

Reliance Jio has aimed to capture 10 crore customers out of the total 90 crore present in the world’s fastest growing mobile market. Apart from the cheap phones, there will be other phones too priced till Rs. 20, 000 to meet the needs of all consumers. According to an official of the company, iPhones will be sold at Rs. 20, 000.

Reliance Jio holds 2300 MHz spectrum band all over India. It also holds bands of 800 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum in 20 circles out of the total 22 across the country. Reliance Jio is making plans to use this spectrum to offer 4G services along with LTE.The launch of Reliance Jio will greatly disrupt other companies in the telecom market.

Summary

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited is offering its high-speed Wi-Fi services at the Global Investors Meet, currently being conducted at Chennai in Tamil Nadu.

Mussoorie, the First Hill Station to receive Reliance Jio’s Wi-Fi Service

September 4, 2015

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has now launched its 4G Wi-Fi services at a hill station. The first hill station to be offered with high-speed connectivity is the queen of hills, Mussoorie.

Launch in Mussoorie

The Mukesh Ambani-led company’s ‘Jionet’ service was inaugurated in the state by Harish Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. The Wi-Fi service will be offered at Gunhill, Landaur Bazar, Mall Road and Nagar Palika building.

Reliance Jio is supporting the State government in its plan to convert Mussoorie into a ‘Smart City.’ The 4G internet connections will greatly benefit the residents and tourists. They will get a superior experience of high-speed wireless connection on their handheld devices. These include smartphones and tablets.

A spokesperson from Reliance Jio said that high-speed internet connectivity will be the main factor on which the nation and cities will be able to establish their prosperity. The company feels a sense of pride to be linked with the government’s Smart City program. “By deploying Jionet Wi-Fi services at Mussoorie, we want people to sample the digital ecosystem we are building consisting of high-speed data networks, specially designed apps and rich content and understand how it can enrich their lives,” the spokesperson added.

Reliance Jio will take feedback from the users for theservices. This will help the company to work on its shortcomings and prepare itself for the commercial launch of its 4G service in December, this year. At the time of launch, the company aims to give seamless services and smooth integration between Wi-Fi and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. For this purpose, the company has already launched similar Wi-Fi services at Lucknow, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, etc.

Preparations of Reliance Jio for 4G launch

Reliance Jio is establishing a complete digital ecosystem. To achieve this, the company will be rolling out 4G networks all over the country, 4G compatible devices, rich content and varied applications for entertainment, education, healthcare, business, news and payment.

The company has marked its presence in all the states of the country. It is physically present in around 18,000 towns and cities of India. It has set up its wireless footprint in more than one lakh villages of the country. The company has decided to further expand its footprint and cover around 80% of the population of the country before the end of 2015.

Reliance Jio has also spread a network of around 2.5 lakh route kilometers of fiber optics. The company claims that this will act as the digital backbone of India in the future. It also plans to increase its fiber footprint by twice in next three years.

Reliance Jio is presently testing and stabilizing its huge and complex network in the pre-launch stage. In a couple of months, the company will roll out an extensive beta program. This program will involve lakhs of friendly customers from all the markets of the company. The beta program will take the shape of a commercial program around the time of December 2015.

Summary

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has now rolled out its high-speed 4G Wi-Fi services at Mussoorie.