Jio tests 4G network; DoT calls for wireless broadband reports

31 Mar 2014

4G startup Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecoms arm of petrochemical giant Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), has begun testing services in ten locations across the country, Business Line writes, citing an unnamed source. Jio trialled its Long Term Evolution (LTE) platform in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Ahmedabad and intends to test the system in ten other locations in Gujarat within the next two weeks.

In related news the Hindustan Times reports that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has instructed Jio and Bharti Airtel to provide accounts, rollout details, and service quality reports regarding wireless broadband services being offered in the 2300MHz band. The reports will be used to assess the revenue generating potential of wireless data services and determine an appropriate cost for frequencies for future sales, particularly those in the 800MHz range. Bharti has to-date launched its LTE services in Kolkatta, Benagluru, Pune, Chandigarh and Mohali, whilst Jio is yet to begin offering commercial services.