Jio to branch into fixed market

15 Oct 2013

4G start-up Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecoms division of Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), will offer fixed and wireless broadband when it launches services, the Economic Times writes. In readiness for its planned launch in the 2014/2015 financial year, Jio has been steadily rolling out 4G base stations and fibre-optic backbone networks supported by network sharing deals with Reliance Communications (RCOM) – which is backed by Mukesh’s brother, Anil Ambani – but the telco is yet to clarify its plans for the fixed line segment and has not specified which platform it intends to use to offer the service. A statement from the company said that Jio has: ‘finalised the key vendor and supplier partnerships that are required for the launch of our services, and is making rapid progress in building the critical infrastructure needed to launch its services.’