Anil Ambani-owned Reliance communications is rolling out 4G services commercially in Mumbai, Maharasthra and Andhra Pradesh circles, according to the company website. The operator has updated its website with a countdown timer which suggests that the 4G services will go live at 9.30 AM on June 30.
RCom, the country’s fourth largest telco by subscribers, is currently offering the 4G services to its CDMA customers, who have opted for the company’s 4G services.
The telecom operator is selling 4G LTE WiFiPod, a Mi-FI device, which can connect to multiple smart devices, at Rs 2,699. It has also listed a number of 4G LTE smartphones from brands like Apple, HTC and Samsung on its website.
RComs is using Reliance Jio network to offer 4G services to its CDMA customers. The company has plans to offer 4G service using Reliance Jio data network on a pan-India basis by mid-August.
RCom earlier informed the telecom department that it will launch 4G data service in 12 circles — Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, UP East and West, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. By mid-July, the company will expand service to six more circles — Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Rajasthan — but only after DoT’s approval.
Of the 8 million RCom’s CDMA customers, over 90 per cent have opted for the offered upgrade to 4G services, according to the data shared by the teco with DoT.
The Anil Ambani-company has liberalized its 850 MHz band spectrum in 20 circles by paying over Rs 6,600 crore and put in place spectrum trading and sharing agreements with Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio in most telecom circles. In the other two circles, RCom had purchased liberalized spectrum in the 850 MHz band through auction in March 2015.