Reliance Jio is expected to start its 4G services in the country by the end of this year, and according to reports, it plans on selling its own branded 4G-capable smartphones as well. Now the company is discussing plans with smartphone brands encouraging them to manufacture 4G-capable smartphones in India.
Keeping in line with the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, Reliance will procure all the 4G handsets that have been manufactured in the country, ET reports.
For this purpose, Reliance is said to be in talks with Indian smartphone companies like Micromax, Lava, Karbonn, and Intex, which have promised to start manufacturing in the next six months. The company is also said to be in talks with Lenovo for the same purpose.
According to the publication, Reliance has already signed deals with Chinese handset makers like Huawei, ZTE, Alcatel OneTouch, CK-Telecom and Beijing’s K-Touch to manufacture 4G-capable smartphones, dongles, and routers.
The handsets manufactured by the aforementioned companies will be procured by Reliance and sold under the ReConnect brand. These will be priced between Rs 4,000 and Rs 25,000, and the company is said to have placed an order of around five million units.
As mentioned above, Reliance JIo is set to finally roll out its LTE services in the country by the end of this year. The company aims at launching services in 200 cities via 1,000 Jio centers, about 500,000 connectivity outlets and a million recharge kiosks.