Mukesh Ambani s Jio Infocomm has received a nod for using 10,000 mobile numbers it would require to test its 4G services without any compensation to be paid the government. Out of these, 4,000 numbers have been allotted for Delhi and Mumbai each, and the rest 2,000 in Jamnagar in Gujarat, ET reports. Also Read - Reliance Industries to buy majority stake in Den Networks, Hathway Cable; reports increase in Q2 net profit
Though these 10,000 numbers will be released on a trail basis, users of these numbers will still be allowed to make and receive calls from existing mobile customers on other networks. Reportedly, considering that RIL is the single company to hold 4G spectrum on a national basis, Dot has allowed it to test its networks with other telecom companies as well. This hasn’t gone down well with rival carriers, who have contested in the past whether RIL should be allowed to connect to existing 2G and 3G networks and offer voice calling service.
RIL has been conducting trials for its 4G services for long now, meanwhile Airtel has introduced its 4G services in a few cities where it has LTE spectrum. Reliance however, plans to launch its services with affordable handsets so that it can also popularize the voice services on 4G alongside high-end data services. According to our earlier reports, it is expected to launch its 4G services first in Delhi and Mumbai, by the end of this year.
Mukesh Ambani had recently tied up with Anil Ambani s Reliance Communications to share optic fiber network across the country to provide backhaul for its upcoming 4G network. It is also reported to have collaborated with Samsung for introducing budget 4G phones for as low as Rs 5,500.