Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio Infocomm has been given six months of extension by the government for testing voice service over LTE (VoLTE) in India, TelecomLead reports. The company’s permit for testing the service was supposed to expire on July 16, but now has been extended for another six months ending January next year. The company was earlier allotted over 10,000 numbers by the government to test the voice service over 4G LTE in Mumbai, Delhi and Jamnagar. With this relaxation in time period, it will now be able to continue the voice calling-based testing process on these numbers.
So far, Reliance Jio has tied up with Reliance Communication to share their optical fiber network to provide backhaul for its upcoming 4G network. The company is aggressively working on the 4G front and had also announced to add 7,000 employees next year to work on the project. Moreover, it was also working on bringing affordable 4G phones and device for users, however the deal between Jio and Samsung has been stalled for now over differences on prices.
Reliance was expected to launch its 4G services starting from Delhi and Mumbai towards the end of this year followed by a gradual network roll-out in other circles. It is the only player to have 4G spectrum across the country. However, the extension of testing period has prompted fears of a potential delay in launching its 4G network.