Reliance Industries' department of telecommunications, Reliance Jio Infocomm has recently received a unified telecom licence in India. Thus the Mukesh Ambani-led venture will now enable the company to offer voice and high speed data services across the country.
However, the company cannot immediately start offering the voice services because at the moment there are no standard devices that can support the services using the 2.3 GHz spectrum band, which Reliance Jio holds. The best the company can do is provide voice services from a personal computer or a tablet-like device to landline and mobile phones, which was earlier not allowed.
Reliance Jio is the only private telecom operator with fourth generation broadband spectrum in all the 22 telecom circles of India. The company earlier held Internet Service Provider Licence which will be annulled once it is issued unified licence.
Reports also suggest that the company has already signed deals worth Rs. 132 billion with Reliance Communications to share its towers and inter-city fibre-optic network to help in rolling out LTE services. Reliance Jio Infocomm and Bharti Airtel have permits and airwaves for offering LTE services and have been testing voice calls on these networks.
The company had earlier paid Rs 1,673 crore to the Government as an entry fee to migrate to the unified licence. In addition the company is also reported to have plans to enable solutions across various digital services in key domains such as education, healthcare, security and financial services.
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