Jio is awaiting the integration of spectrum
Delhi: Reliance Jio is awaiting the integration of spectrum with RCom for 4G launch. The Mukesh Ambani-controlled company said its telecom unit, Reliance Jio Infocom , aims to achieve 90 per cent population coverage before starting commercial operations and added that it’s already around the 70 per cent mark.
Jio’s average data consumption per user exceeded 18 GB within the first month of service and is increasing. Average voice usage was over 250 minutes in the period. The company is widely expected to launch commercial services by December, after having started trials with its staff and partners on December 2015.
Jio signed a pact with RCom, to share 800 MHz airwaves in 17 circles. Approvals for nine — Mumbai, UP-East, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Assam and the Northeast — came in from the telecom department.
RCom has also agreed to sell 800 MHz spectrum — considered very efficient for 4G services — to Jio in nine areas. The agreements are an effort to leverage each other’s spectrum holdings to launch high-speed mobile broadband services, or 4G, across India and take on top incumbents Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular.