Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications Ltd. Will starts its 4G service on 4th May 2016. Reliance communications will move its five million CDMA customers to Jio’s 4G LTE network. According to some official sources, “RCom has informed DoT that it will be upgrading its network from CDMA to LTE (4G) technology using the liberalised 800MHz spectrum. It will roll out LTE services progressively in these service areas from May 4.”
The Anil Ambani-led RCom is leveraging the spectrum sharing pact it had signed with elder brother Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm for 4G services. The first four circles to upgrade will be in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Odisa.
The company said in letter to the DoT that, “We will be upgrading our network from CDMA to LTE (a 4G standard) technology. We would be rolling out LTE services progressively in these service areas from May 4 and necessary intimation will be provided to our existing CDMA subscribers.”
The Reliance Communications Ltd. will offers to attractive offers on 4G handsets. The company paid Rs 5,383 crore in January this year to DoT to liberalise spectrum in the 800 MHz band across 16 circles. Reliance Communications Ltd. is India’s fourth telco.
The global banking and financial service report said that, “Jio and RCOM have entered into a spectrum trading-cum-sharing deal across most markets which require RCOM to liberalise its spectrum before sharing. However, there were four markets which did not have an auction-based price and hence the necessity of the policy decision.”
RCom had signed a 17-circle airwave-sharing pact in the 800 MHz band with Jio. It also agreed to sell 800 MHz spectrum to Jio in nine service areas where the Mukesh Ambani’s company does not have airwaves in this band.
The report said that, “The spectrum sharing in the 850 MHz band gives Jio the access to the largest pool of low frequency spectrum. This will ensure that Jio will have an extremely good coverage with 75,000-80,000 sites which they have indicated at launch.” The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) had approved sharing of active infrastructure like antenna used for transmitting mobile signals in February.
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