Reliance Communications will start offering 4G service using Reliance Jio network to its CDMA customers from next week onwards in selected circles at a starting price of Rs 93 per 10 GB. It is sharply lower by about 94 per cent than that of its competitors offering 4G service. In most circles, the rates will vary between Rs 93 and Rs 97 per 10 GB, as per the rate published on the RCom website.
RCom 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. The company has plans to offer 4G service using Reliance Jio data network on a pan-India basis by mid-August.
RCom has liberalised 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 Reliance Jio in most telecom circles. In the other two circles, RCom had purchased liberalised spectrum in the 850 MHz 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.