The Telecom operator Reliance Communications has taken initiative to offer 4G services from next week at Rs. 93 for 10 GB using Jio’s Network.
"Reliance Communication has written to the Department of Telecom, informing (the department) that it will be using Reliance Jio Info comm 4G network to provide 4G data service to its CDMA customers from next week. Only those CDMA customers who opted for the upgrade will get the service," an official source told PTI.
The data revealed that around 90 percent people have opted this 4G service offer, of the 8 million Reliance Communications CDMA customers.
The company will provide 10 GB of 4G data at the starting price of Rs. 93, which is lower than its competitors offering 4G service at Rs. 94. In most circles, the rates will vary between Rs. 93 and Rs. 97 per 10 GB, as per the rate published on the Reliance Communication website.
According to the letter to DoT, Reliance Communications 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.
Reliance will expand service to six more circles in mid July – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Rajasthan – but only after DoT's approval.
The company has plans to offer 4G service using Reliance Jio data network on a pan-India basis by mid-August.
Reliance Communication has liberalised its 850MHz band spectrum in 20 circles by paying over Rs. 6,600 crore and put in place spectrum trading and sharing agreements with Reliance Jio in most telecom circles.
In the other two circles, RCom had purchased liberalised spectrum in the 850MHz band through auction in March 2015.
A company holding liberalised spectrum can go for any kind of technology to offer mobile service to its customers.
Older CDMA handsets of RCom customers will not work on the new network as it is being upgraded to 4G. RCom will phase out CDMA technology over the next couple of months, the source said.