DoT allots SP codes to Reliance Jio for Long Distance Services

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL), a telecom venture of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), has been allotted prominent signalling point (SP) codes by the Department of Telecommunication (DoT). These codes will help the company to launch National Long Distance (NLD) and International Long Distance (ILD) services.

As per an internal DoT note, these codes have been allotted to Reliance Jio in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Karnataka for both NLD as well as ILD operations. The note also stated, if Reliance Jio failed to use the SP codes in six months, then the Government will be liable to withdraw the codes and re-allocate them to some other company.

The benefits of SP codes to Reliance Jio

The signalling function will enable exchange of information over long distance telecom networks. SP codes are nodes that facilitate actual routing of information between two points. SP codes will let NLD networks connect with local networks.They will also enable ILD operators to inter-connect with other overseas network.

This development will take Reliance Jio a step closer to the launch of its telecom services.

Subsidiaries of Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio is awaiting for DoT to give a nod for the company to merge its two subsidiaries, Infotel Telecom and Rancore Technologies, with itself. The development will thus be beneficial to Reliance Jio, at this time. Currently, Reliance Jio holds a unified licence;Infotel holds licence for both NLD and ILD services while Rancore is an R&D unit. Reliance Jio is seeking to offer NLD and ILD services under a single permit.

Infotel Telecom is a part of a global consortium building the huge Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) sub-sea cable system. The 8,000 km submarine cable system will enhance global connectivity between South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Asia. It will link India with other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Oman, UAE and Sri Lanka through the landing stations, Chennai and Mumbai. It will also have interconnections to plug on the sub-sea links across Africa, Europe and the Far East.

Reliance Jio Infocomm

Mumbai based Reliance Jio is headed by the renowned industrialist, Mukesh Ambani. The company has acquired permits to offer high speed 4G data and voice services across the country. It is gearing up to launch its 4G wireless services in 2015 through airwaves in the 2.3 GHz band.

In February this year, Reliance Jio had bagged 1800 MHz bandwidth in 14 circles with which it will offer voice services, too. The company holds 2300 MHz spectrum in 22 circles as well. Last year in October, the company had obtained a unified permit. It had to pay a sum of Rs. 1,658 crores which is the requisite amount internet service providers holding wireless broadband airwaves pay for offering voice services.In the past, telcos had to secure distinct permits for offering voice, data and other added services.

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