Update (June 18th, 2014) : Reliance Jio launch timeline has been moved to June 2015.
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm on Monday gave us all a little tease of what is to come with its 4G services at Techfest, an anual science & technology festival held at the IIT-Bombay. The service will be 10-12x faster than 3G networks.
Here’s what Reliance, the only company which holds a pan India 4G license, showed off
1. Jio Television: Set-top box running on Android. The service will have live television (Jio Play) and Video on Demand (Jio World).
2. Jio Drive: 100 GB free storage to subscribers
3. Mi-Fi: The company’s customer premise equipment will connect to a Reliance operated mobile tower and provide local wi-fi network.
NextBigWhat has learned that Reliance Jio 4G plans also include the launch of a suite of services including
1. Music Streaming
2. Video Calling & VoIP services
3. Instant Messenger
4. Payment Services: Reliance Jio already has obtained a license to operate prepaid wallets for mobile transactions (this need not necessarily be linked to the 4G launch).
Reliance is also launching its own mobile apps to enable many of these services. According to Reliance, the 4G infrastructure will also support its portfolio of multi-media digital services in education, health-care, entertainment, payment and cloud services.
With these launches, Reliance will not only be making its much anticipated entry to 4G mobile services, it is also likely to corner a large share of the media & entertainment market in India. The idea is to capture the living room of the consumer which is otherwise the undisputed territory of cable television.
Pan India 4G services on the Reliance network could also give a leg-up to the digital economy in India. While the launch dates for the company’s big foray into 4G hasn’t been announced, it could be as early as the first half of this year.
Other telecom operators like Airtel & Aircel have already launched 4G services in some circles. But the Reliance Jio 4G service is expected to be on a much larger scale. Airtel was the first to launch 4G LTE service in India. It has 4G services in Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Chandigarh.