RJIL pushes back LTE launch to December

12 Jun 2015

4G startup Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) has pushed back the planned launch date for its mobile services, revealing its intention to activate its Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in December this year, the Economic Times reports. Speaking at parent company Reliance Industries’ annual general meeting, chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani revealed that the operator would achieve 100% LTE network coverage over the next three years, whilst more than a million homes would also be connected to the company’s fibre network, with the possibility of scaling up the latter across India’s 50 largest cities in the future. Addressing concerns over the maturity of the LTE ecosystem in India, Mr Ambani noted that services would be priced at INR300-INR500 (USD4.7-USD7.8), whilst a host of LTE-compatible devices would be available for less than INR4,000. Further, the operator is planning to support the launch with a range of smartphone apps.

RJIL has rolled back the scheduled launch date for its 4G network on several occasions, most recently, the cellco had announced in December last year that it would switch on its Time Division (TD)-LTE network in April-June 2015, having previously set out a September 2014 deadline for the launch.

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