Telecom operator Reliance Communications (RCom) from today, will offer 4G services to its CDMA customers by using Reliance Jio’s 4G network, starting this week from today onwards. Available only on select circles for now, 4G will be made available at a starting price of Rs. 93 per 10 GB, which is cheaper than several broadband connections.
“RCom has written to the Department of Telecom, informing them that it will be using Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G network to provide 4G data services to its CDMA customers from July 4th. Only those CDMA customers who opted for the upgrade will get the service,” a RCom official told.
Of the 8 million RCom’s CDMA customers, about 90% have opted for the offered upgrade to 4G service, the data shared by the company with DoT showed. RCom will provide 10 GB of 4G data at the starting price of Rs. 93, which is sharply lower by about 94% than that of its competitors offering 4G services. In most circles, the rates will vary between Rs. 93 and Rs. 97 per 10GB, as per the rate published on the RCom website.
According to the letter to DoT, RCom has already launch 4G data service in 13 circles from today – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, 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, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, but only after the DoT’s approval. The company plans to offer uninterrupted 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. RCom will phase out its 3G CDMA technology over the next couple of months. Older CDMA handsets of RCom customers will not work on the new network as it is being upgraded to 4G.