Reliance Jio Infocomm today said it has built an optical fiber network comprising nearly 250,000 route kilometres of fiber optics to support its 4G LTE launch end of 2015.
The Mukesh Ambani-promoted Reliance Jio Infocomm said it has exceeded its rural network beyond the rollout requirements specified in its license. The company first received the BWA (broadband wireless access) spectrum in 2010. It missed the government deadline to launch broadband services in July 2015.
Reliance Jio has a direct physical presence in nearly 18,000 cities and towns in all of the 29 states of India. The wireless footprint of Reliance Jio covers more than one lakh villages.
The Indian telecom service provider is conducting pre-launch testing and stabilization of the telecom network. The company will initiate beta program over the next few weeks to test the 4G network. “Financial year 2016-17 will be the first full year of commercial operations for the company,” said Reliance Jio Infocomm.
In May 2015, Reliance Jio raised a $750 million loan backed by Korea Trade Insurance to finance goods and services procured from Samsung Electronics and Ace Technologies to roll out telecom infrastructure.
In addition to fixed and wireless broadband connectivity on an all-IP network, RJIL will offer digital services in key domains such as education, healthcare, security, communication, financial services, government-citizen interfaces and entertainment.
It holds the highest amount of liberalized spectrum among telecom operators totaling to 751.1MHz across the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2300MHz bands. In addition to pan-India 2300 MHz spectrum, RJIL has spectrum in either 800 MHz or 1800 MHz or both bands in 20 out of the 22 circles in the country.