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Reliance Jio orders First Tranche of 4G VoLTE Smart Phones

December 9, 2015

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm has placed an order for 4G smart phones. As the first part of the order, the pan-India 4G operator will acquire20 million smart phones from mobile vendors and Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) for its LYF brand.

Reliance Jio Smart Phones

Reliance Jio’s LYF brand smart phones are created to offer world-class user experience through 4G services. In addition to being 4G-enabled, Reliance Jio smart phones will have features like Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE), High-Definition (HD) Voice, Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi), and HD Video Calling. These are aimed to offer a new digital life experience to the customers.

VoLTEwill allow Reliance Jio to manage voice calls over LTE networks. The calls will thus be supported with HD voice clarity and enhanced call connectivity. VoWi-Fi will let the calls to be switched from mobile network to Wi-Fi. This will help users in areas where there is a weak cellular coverage.

Industry experts predict that after 4G, VoLTE is set to be the next big revolution in the Indian smartphone market. Currently, only 2% of smart phones are VoLTE- enabled or upgradable. But, these figures are bound to shoot up in a couple of years. The benefits offered by VoLTE will increase its demand in the market, while prices will come down with the increase in sales.

Reliance Retail’s Partnerships

Reliance Retail has partnered with a number of smart phone manufacturers, including LG, Lenovo, YU, Micromax, Apple, and ZTE, among others. These companies will be making 4G LTE smartphones for Reliance Jio.

LG has already launched two 4G LTE smartphones in India. These are LG Spirit LTE and LG G4 Stylus 4G,both having VoLTEand VoWi-Fi capabilities. Additionally, Lenovo has launched its Vibe Shot, which is also a 4G LTE model.

YU Televenturesrecently announced that it will be launching VoLTE phones like YUPHORIA, YUNIQUE,and YUREKA Plus under its partnership with Reliance Retail. These phones will help enhance the distribution network of Reliance Retail across the country. These three phones will be available at attractive prices of INR 7,999, INR6,499 and INR 10,999 respectively.

Reliance Retail has also signed deals with ODMs,Coolpad, CKT, and others for LYF 4G smart phones. Coolpad, being one of the biggest 4G smartphone manufacturing companies in China, is constantly workingto strengthen its entire mobile technology ecosystem and empower people.

Reliance Retail stores and Reliance Digital stores will sell the LYF and other brand smartphones to people. These phones will be available across the country. Reliance Retail has 2,857 outlets accounting for a retail footprint of more than 12.8 million square feet in 250 cities of India. On the other hand, Reliance Digital runs 1,379 stores from 225 cities of the country.

Reliance Jio is planning a soft launch of its services this month. After the launch, Reliance Jio will take a few days to make operator’s SIM cards available in stores. The company revealed that consumers can expect connections from January 2016.

 

Summary

Reliance Jio Infocomm has ordered 20 million 4G smart phones from mobile vendors and Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) for its LYF brand.

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Reliance Jio to launch Jio Money by Mid-December

December 3, 2015

The telecom arm of Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio Infocomm is set to roll out its digital wallet service in mid-December.

Jio Money Digital Wallet Service

The Mukesh Ambani-led company introduced its digital wallet service recently, at the eIndia Summit, held in Mumbai. The company revealed that Jio Money is supported with 4G small-cell technology. It will also be platform-independent.

Through the Jio Money application, Reliance Jioaims to make all small shops receive cashless payments through smart phones. The company had partnered with the State Bank of India (SBI) to roll out its Jio Money digital wallet service. The application may be connected to bank accounts to allow users to enjoy the facility of anytime banking. Both Reliance Industries and SBI have given applications for a payments bank license. After the application is accepted, they will commence financial services distribution and boost the business of Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail.

Jio Money will provide plug-play integration kit for online and mobile market merchants. The merchants will enjoy services like integrated billing and payment system, accounts and bookkeeping, inventory management, customer profile, campaign management, online ordering, and credit management.

Reliance Jiois focusing on content-streaming packages, as it wishes to stand out as a digital content company, to survive the intense competition.

Future of VoLTE

Industry experts are of the opinion that Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) is the next big thing in the Indian smart phone market, after 4G devices. This technology lets customers use data over the network for voice calls.

VoLTE may be initiated on a smart phone through a chipset and a software patch. At present, just a small number of Qualcomm chipsets support VoLTE.

According to Counterpoint Technology Market Research, nearly 2% of smartphones in the country are VoLTE-upgradeable or enabled. VoLTE phones in the country are sold at twice the price of a basic 4G phone, starting from INR 10,000. Operators having spectrum in the bands of 2300 MHz band may offer VoLTE.

As per data from Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA), 30 mobile operators in 21 countries across the globe have launched similar networks.

Reliance Jio’sVoLTE

Reliance Jio holds spectrum in 2300 MHz band in all 22 circles of India. It is thus planning to offer VoLTE across the entire country.

A note from brokerage CLSA stated, “Reliance Jio is the sole green-field launch with VoLTE while incumbent 4G will be an overlay with voice offerings on 2G or 3G. The 800 MHz spectrum trading deal (with Reliance Communications) and seamless implementation of VoLTE will be key for Reliance Jio’s voice offering.”

Reliance Retail will be introducing six new mobile phone models of 4G VoLTE in the market through its own brand, LYF. By March, the company will come up with another six models.

Ahead of Reliance Jio’s launch in December, Reliance Retail has inked distribution agreements with companies like LG, Intex, Lenovo, and Micromax for the sale of VoLTE mobile phones. Intex will be providing Reliance Jio with around 1 lakh VoLTE mobile handsets.

Summary

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited will be launching its digital wallet service, Jio Money in mid-December.

Reliance Digital, the Largest Seller of Technology Products

November 26, 2015

Reliance Industries has emerged as the largest seller of durable and technology products in the consumer electronics and mobile phones retailing business. The Mukesh Ambani-led company has used a different strategy from its rivals to establish itself in the market.

Sales of Reliance Digital

Reliance Digital is the consumer electronics arm of Reliance Industries’ retail venture, Reliance Retail. In the Financial Year (FY) 2014 – 2015, Reliance Digital accounted for sales as high as INR 4,233 crores. Reliance Industries revealed this information in its annual report. In the previous year, sales of Reliance Digital wereINR 3,044 crores. Tata-owned Infiniti Retail’s white goods and mobile phone retailing chain, Croma was the leading name at the time, with sales of INR 3,198 crores. Industry experts said that Croma has shifted its focus towards profits and hence its growth rate decreased.

Reliance Retail’s Expansion

In FY 2014 – 2015, Reliance Retail boosted its presence by opening many new stores. It added a number of small size retail outlets as well, known as Digital Express Mini. Overall, the company set up 912 new outlets in one year. At the end of FY 2015, Reliance Digital had a total of 1,196 stores.

Not surprisingly, Reliance Digital also leads as the biggest consumer electronics retailer in FY 2014 – 2015, purely on the basis of number of stores. It raced ahead of Next Retail-Planet M of Videocon Group that had around 800 outlets and franchise stores.

Adding of the retail outlets resulted in a 39% growth of sales for Reliance Digital. Around 25% of Reliance Retail’s revenue is obtained from Reliance Digital. Its value retailing business including hypermarkets, convenience stores, and supermarkets, among others, contributes to the biggest share of its revenue, which is nearly 54%.

As per an analyst presentation prepared after Reliance Industries’ September 2015 results, Reliance Digital is constantly expanding. It has expanded its total number of stores to include 1,380 outlets, spread across 225 cities of India.

Reliance Digital’s Digital Express Mini format has also made itself the largest cell phone retail chain in the country. It is widely establishing itself as a distribution platform for a number of national and international brands. Digital Express Mini stores have made their presence in more than 150 cities of the country. The company is planning to extend the chain of stores to 800 cities.

Reliance Retail’s Role in 4G Launch

According to industry experts, Reliance Retail will play a major role in the telecom venture of Reliance Jio Infocomm’s 4G services. It will focus on the distribution of mobile phones and aftermarket services to enhance the popularity and usage of 4G.

Reliance Jio has partnered with a number of 4G handset vendors. Reliance Retail will sell their Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) phones, ranging from INR 4,000 to INR 40,000. It has come up with an initiative known as Reliance Retail 2.0, which will establish the distribution ecosystem for Reliance Jio handsets. Additionally, Reliance Retail has also strengthened its retail network with 1,200 distributors and 1.5 lakh retail stores.

Summary

Reliance Digital has become the largest seller of durable and technology products in the country.

Reliance Retail to drive Reliance Jio’s Success

November 20, 2015

Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom venture of Reliance Industries, is gearing up for the launch of its most-awaited 4G services. Industry experts predict that the success of its services will be dependent on parameters like network quality, bouquet of services, price of services, and handset distribution.

Reliance Jio is working on bouquet and price of 4G services and network quality, while the distribution job will be handled by Reliance Retail.

Reliance Jio is in talks to partner with a number of Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) and Indian 4G mobile phone vendors. This will offer customers a range of 4G mobile phones with Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) capabilities. The company will sell mobile phones from INR 4,000 to INR 40,000. It aims to offer a new digital life experience to customers.

Preparations of Reliance Retail

Reliance Retail has 2,857 outlets across the country and its retail footprint extends over 12.8 million square feet in more than 250 cities. In July-September 2014 results, Reliance Retail recorded a quarterly turnover of INR 5,000 crores for the first time. The company has been showing a constant growth in physical retailing.

Reliance Retail has also developed an initiative known as Reliance Retail 2.0. Through this, the company will set up a distribution ecosystem for Reliance Jio devices. It will also make preparations for the launch in phases.

The company has entered into a partnership agreement with YU Televentures, recently. Reliance Retail outlets will introduce YU devices such as YUREKA Plus, YUPHORIA, and YUNIQUE VoLTE phones. This will enhance Reliance Retail’s robust sales and distribution network across the country.

Reliance Retail has recently worked on leveraging its sales and distribution arm. It has set up a large retail network consisting of 1,200 distributors and 1.5 lakh retail stores to support the developing VoLTE and VoWiFi device ecosystem in the country. The company ensures that it will keep expanding its distribution network and upgrading its product range over time. Additionally, Reliance Jio will also be selling its own LYF branded phones in its stores.

Reliance Digital

The electronics retail store of Reliance Retail, Reliance Digital operates 1,379 retail outlets in more than 225 cities of the country. It is one of the leaders in the market. It gives a differentiated value proposition, extensive product assortments, and a superior experience to customers while in the store. It is establishing a national brand, Reconnect, with a focus on strengthening sourcing and product development competencies. Reconnect will be a unique brand that will offer innovative products, great value, and superior quality.

Reliance Digital stores has a number of facility stores like Reliance Digitalxpress, Reliance Digitalxpress mini, and Reliance Digital iStore for varied kinds of products. It also has a digital service center known as Reliance ResQ.

About Mukesh Ambani

Chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani is one of the contenders for ‘Time Person of the Year’ 2015. The results will be announced in December. Other competitors with Ambani are Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Executive Officer of Google, Sundar Pichai. On Ambani, Time Magazine said that he is the richest person of the country while his company owns “virtually everything.”

Summary

Reliance Retail will play a significant role in driving the growth of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited’s 4G success.

Wankhede’s ODI Match saw the Highest Jionet Data Consumption

November 4, 2015

Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom venture of Reliance Industries is gearing up to launch its next-generation high-speed internet services. It is offering its free Jionet service at varied locations to test its performance. The Mukesh Ambani-led company has set up Wi-Fi hotspots in a number of cities across India.

Reliance Jio’s Service at Wankhede

In Mumbai, Reliance Jio offers its 4G services at the Wankhede Stadium. Wankhede Stadium is the home ground of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Mumbai Indians, owned by Reliance Industries’ Chairman, Mukesh Ambani.

Reliance Jio offers a speed of 13.55 Mbps at the stadium. Wankhede Stadium covers an area of15,000 sq. meters. The stadium has the capacity to accommodate 30,000 people at a time.

During the National Football League (NFL),a speed of 4.68 Mbps had been offered at the Levis Stadium, while at Barclays Centre, a speed of 5.09 Mbps was offered during the matches of National Basketball Association (NBA).

On October 25th, a One-Day International (ODI) match was held between India and South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium. The day saw the highest data consumption at the stadium. Reliance Jio set a record of offering 2.2 TB data to spectators, during the match.

A spokesperson of Reliance Jio said, “Spectators lapped up the Jionet services, breaking all records of fastest average speed delivered per person and adoption rate (percentage of spectators who used the service in a stadium).”

During the match, 53% viewers liberally used the complimentary Wi-Fi service. 27,500 people were present at the stadium. Out of these 14,500 users connected to the Wi-Fi service. The 4G internet was primarilyused for streaming videos. Each user consumed 156 MB of data, on an average. Previously, at the NFL and NBA match, average data consumptionper user was 46 MB and 61 MB respectively. The Superbowl series of NFL has seen a higher data consumption rate.

All around the world, many stadiums offer high-speed internet services to keep the enthusiasm and entertainment levels high for spectators. This enables thousands of spectators to get connected, even when they are enjoying a live sporting match. However, data consumption by Indian audiences is much higher than the consumption by global audiences. A Jio Spokesperson informed that at the 25th October ODI match, data consumption was at an all-time high. It surpassed the records set by NBA and NFL matches.

Reliance Jio’s TV Service

Recently, Reliance Jio announced that it will be providing anytime, anywhere TV content on any device, along with its broadband services. Through this service, subscribers will be able to enjoy their favorite shows without the fear of missing them. Reliance Jio’s subsidiary, Reliance Jio Media Pvt. Ltd. had acquired a provisional pan-India Multi-System Operator (MSO) license in June, this year. The company is in talks with a number of local cable operators to ensure last mile connectivity. Reliance Jio is set to bring a transformation in the television viewing experience.

Summary

The recent ODI held at Wankhede Stadium recorded the highest data consumption offered by Reliance Jio Infocomm

Reliance Industries to Sign Revised Listing Agreement with BSE

October 28, 2015

The largest private conglomerate, Reliance Industries signed the revised listing agreement with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), as per the recent Listing Regulation, issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The Mukesh Ambani-led company is the first corporate house to do this.

New Listing Agreement

Previously, the listing agreement used to be bilateral. It wassigned between the stock exchange and the company, while SEBI had no control overit.

In September, this year, SEBI issued these new regulations and set the deadline of six months. A statement mentioned that Reliance Industries is the first listed company to conform to the SEBI rules.

SEBI issued the Listing Regulations from 2nd September, 2015, which would be effective from 1stDecember, 2015. As per the regulations, SEBI has asked all listed companies to compulsorily enforce a new and simplified Listing Agreement. The companies have to sign the agreement with the stock exchange, where they are to be listedbefore 2nd March, 2016. The companies will have to sign the agreement within the timelines specified by SEBI.

BSE, in a statement, said that it is pleased that the process of revised listing agreement as per SEBI’s rules was started at BSE. “It is a matter of pride for both, that one of the top companies of the Indian corporate sector has become the first company to sign the new listing agreement with Asia’s oldest and the world’s fastest stock exchange BSE”.

BSE is hopeful that all the listed companies will ensure that they sign the new listing agreement within the specified deadlines. The new SEBI rules incorporate corporate governance principles and offer broad principles for timely disclosures by listed companies. SEBI has directed that a small version of the listing agreement be prescribed for the company to sign.

Plans of Reliance Brands

Reliance Brands, a part of Reliance Industries’ retail arm, Reliance Retail, is planning to enter the beauty and kids’ wear sectors. It will boost its online presence by rolling out web stores under its name. The e-commerce portal will include many popular and international brands.

CEO of Reliance Brands, Darshan Mehta, stated that kids’ clothing forms a large part of consumer spending. He revealed that Reliance Brands is looking for partners that have good knowledge of the Indian consumer market. The company will be positionedin the mid-market segment.

Mehta said this at the launch of Hamleys’ first store in Kolkata. One of the largest toy sellers, Hamleys is the biggest business partner of Reliance Brands. Hamleys operates 14 stores in 8 cities of India.

At present, Reliance Brands is associated with 18 international mid-to-luxury brands. Out of these, 7 brands are sold online on e-commerce websites like Amazon, Myntra, and Flipkart. Mehta informed that Reliance Brands is planning to set up a dedicated online presence for all of the brands. Currently, 5% of the total revenue of Reliance Brands is generated from the online business.

Summary

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is the first corporate house to sign the revised listing agreement with BSE, as mandated by SEBI.

Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital introduces Prostate Cancer Clinic

October 21, 2015

Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre introduced a ‘Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Clinic.’ Dr. Ashish Kamat, Professor and Attending Surgeon in the Department of Urology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), USA, inaugurated the clinic. The clinic will make use of the latest techniques in robotic surgery to treat patients.

Inaugural Seminar

MDACC is known for its high-quality and multidisciplinary cancer care approach. It is the leading hospital for cancer care in the USA.

At the inaugural seminar, cancer experts from MDACC stated that an approach emphasizing early detection, prevention and awareness is the need of the hour. Experts from both institutions talked about robotic surgery. They stated that it is a minimally invasive surgery, which will protect the nerves around the prostate gland. It will thus, protect the urinary tract and sexual organs. A medical symposium on ‘Robotic Urological Surgery & Urological Oncology Update 2015’ was given to those attending the seminar.

As per a report from the ‘National Cancer Registry’, Kamrup district of Assam has the highest number of prostate cancer patients in India. Other places that follow are Delhi, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai.

Medical Director and HOD Surgery, Consultant – General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital,Dr. Gustad Daver revealed that prostate cancer cases are highest among urban males. He expressed the view that men aged between 50 and 75 should undergo screening for prostate cancer, especially if anybody in the family has or had the disease. “We will aim to provide all aspects of care for prostate patients within our premises,” he added.

Cancer care at the Hospital

With its new clinic, Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital aims to offer complete support and services to patients under a single roof. The clinic will work on patient awareness, which will help to prevent or quickly detect prostate cancer. A team of doctors will also counsel patients to help fight the disease.

Depending on the stage of cancer detected, patients will be recommended medical, surgical, or radiological treatment. Patients will also be given education on sexual rehabilitation, genetic links, and proper diet for future care. Additionally, the Hospital will also provide them with pelvic floor physiotherapy.

About Reliance Foundation

Reliance Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries. Founded in 2010 by Mukesh Ambani, it is one of the largest private foundations. The Foundation aims to achieve sustainable growth in the sectors of education, health, rural transformation, urban renewal, and arts, culture, and heritage.

Under the leadership of its Chairperson, Nita Ambani, Reliance Foundation has touched the lives of more than 4 million people in 5,500 cities, towns and villages across India. Through the Hospital, the Foundation aims to provide world-class care and services to its patients.

Reliance Foundation embraces technology to understand the ever-changing needs and offer solutions. At a recent event, Mukesh Ambani said that India is on the cusp of a digital revolution, indicating the Reliance Family’s focus on digitization.

Summary

A ‘Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Clinic’ was launched at the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre to provide effective prevention and treatment to the patients.

Reliance Jio launches Wi-Fi Services at Tourist Locations in Himachal Pradesh

October 15, 2015

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, the telecom venture of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, rolled out its 4G Wi-Fi services at three popular tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala and Mcleodganj are among the first hill stations of the state to get these digital services. The high-speed service, known as ‘Jionet’, was then launched at Manali as well.

Earlier, Mussoorie, of Uttarakhand, became the first hill station in India to receive the 4GWi-Fi service. Other places to enjoy such service are Bhubaneshwar, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata, among others.

Jionet service at Dharamshala and Mcleodganj

At Dharamshala and Mcleodganj, the services were unveiled by Sudhir Mishra, Minister of Urban Development and Town Planning in the Government of Himachal Pradesh. The services will cover areas like MacleoChowk and Temple road, in Mcleodganj, and Kotwali, in Dharamshala.

The State government of Himachal Pradesh hasplanned to convert Dharamshala into a ‘Smart City.’ The Jionet service became one of their initial steps towards this initiative.

A spokesperson of Reliance Jio said that high-speed internet would lay the foundation of the cities’ and nation’s prosperity. By providing Jionet services in the famous tourist destinations of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj, Reliance Jio wants people to “experience high-speed internet and rich digital content, through specially designed apps to enrich their lives,” he added.

Wi-Fi service for the people

Through this service, people and visitors of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj will enjoy high-speed wireless internet services on devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Anyone in the vicinity of Jionet Wi-Fi Access Points will be able to enjoy the service. The user simply needs to connect his handheld devices with the Jio Wi-Fi hotspot. Users will have to register on the service by entering their names and phone numbers. Each user will then receive a One-Time Password (OTP), which will have a validity of 24 hours. On entering the OTP, the user will be able to enjoy the service for 30 minutes, after which he will once again have to enter the same OTP.

Reliance Jio will collect feedback from the users, which it will use to refine its service. The company wants to be fully prepared so that it can deliver flawless services at the time of its commercial launch in December. After 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services start, Wi-Fi and LTE will work together, smoothly.

Wi-Fi service at Manali

Tourists visiting Manali will also be able to enjoy the free Wi-Fi service, even after trial project, which was meant to last a month. Reliance Jio partnered with Manali Municipal Council to set up Wi-Fi hotspots at select locations in the town. Jionet services will be offered at areas of Mall Road, Hamirpur and Kullu.

Vice-President of Manali Municipal Council, Chaman Kapoor expressed his delight over this. He stated that the service would commence following its inauguration by the local sub-divisional magistrate. The council will also conduct a program in the presence of technicians from Reliance Jio, at Mall Road to teach the people how to use the high-speed internet service.

Summary

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited rolled out its free high-speed 4G Wi-Fi Jionet service at Dharamshala, Mcleodganj and Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

Reliance Jio to offer MiFi Devices

October 5, 2015

The telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries,Reliance Jio Infocomm, is preparing to roll out its fourth-generation (4G) services towards the end of 2015. The company will also be offering portable devices known as MiFi or mobile Wi-Fi.

Reliance Jio’s MiFi devices

MiFi devices will act as hotspots and enable 4G non-compatible devices to enjoy the speeds of 4G. Reliance Jio will provide the devices at low rates. Besides, it will also be selling 4G-enabled handsets at affordable prices. It is already in talks with a number of mobile phone manufacturers for the same and has also given an order to Intex Technologies for the supply of 1 lakh 4G-enabled mobile phones. Reliance Jio is taking these steps to attract heavy data users and subscribers from rival companies.

MiFi devices will play a significant role in Reliance Jio’s plan of building a high-speed 4G ecosystem, even without 4G-enabled or Long Term Evolution (LTE) handsets. Buying new handsets will require users to invest more, which is precisely why experts believe that Reliance Jio will heavily promote the LTE hotspot devices to expand its market. Additionally, the company may also give bundled offers to enhance the penetration of LTE handsets.

Currently, most mobile data users do not have 4G-enabled handsets despite the fact that the rates of such phones have fallen as low as INR 5000. A single MiFi device connects 10 devices at a time. Its market price is nearly INR 3000. Sandip Agarwal, a telecom analyst at Edelweiss Securities predicts that Reliance Jio will halve the price and may offer these devices at around INR 1,500, as a part of its market strategy.

4G services are high-speed data services that enable users to download music videos or movies in a matter of minutes. Speeds offered through 4G services are much higher as compared to the popular third-generation (3G) services. Many telecom operators in the country are relying on the demand for high-speed networks to boost their profits.

Views of analysts

Analysts suggested that the data volume of Bharti Airtel will increase 11.3 times from the Financial Year (FY) 2014 – 2015 to FY 2019 – 2020 with a compounded annual growth rate of 65.1%, while that of Idea Cellular will increase 12.2 times in the same period, with a compounded annual growth rate of 62.3%. Currently, heavy data users are subscribers of Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone. Experts predict that the entry of Reliance Jio will heavily impact the business of many major telecom operators.

Agarwal said, “Of course it (Reliance Jio) will target a high incremental market share gain by helping to create a viable ecosystem of low-end LTE phones.”He estimated that by the end of FY 2015 – 2016, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone’s 3G subscriber base will touch 83 million users. “Reliance Jio will specifically target this segment and may subsidise MiFi devices to ensure attractive value proposition for customers. By 2019 – 2020, Reliance Jio will target shifting 25% of incumbents’ 3G data subscriber base to its network,” he added.

Summary

Reliance Jio will be offering portable MiFi devices to enable non-4G compatible devices run at the speeds of 4G.

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.