Reliance Jio launches 4G service in Bhubaneswar


Mukesh Ambani-promoted Reliance Jio Infocomm has launched 4G high speed Wi-Fi internet services at four locations in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha.

The 4G launch will assist the Odisha government to convert Bhubaneswar into a Smart City.

Incidentally, Vodafone India on Friday said it will start the launch of 4G services in December 2015. Airtel 4G is available in more than 300 towns at present.

Reliance Jio Infocomm, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries (RIL), has rolled out its Jionet high speed Wi-Fi Internet service at four locations – Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) campus, Gopabandhu Chowk, Governor House Road and Surya Nagar – covering popular areas like Reliance Fresh Retail outlet, Gopabandhu market complex and ICICI Bank.

Visitors to these locations will be able to experience and reap the benefits of high speed wireless connectivity on handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets through the Wi-Fi network.

Initially, the 4G LTE service will be offered at no cost subject to fair usage, for individual customers till the time of commercial launch.

Reliance Jio Infocomm spokesperson said: “High speed data connectivity is one of the foundations on which future prosperity of cities and nations will be built. We are proud to be associated with the government’s Smart City initiative. By deploying Jionet’ Wi-Fi services at select locations in Bhubaneswar, 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.”

Twenty-seven access points have been installed across locations, and 1,000 concurrent users can connect to the service at a time.

The users’ feedback on the overall experience and network will be used to improve the services further as Jio gets ready for its formal launch. Once 4G LTE service commences, Wi-Fi and LTE networks will operate seamlessly with each other.