Kerala looks to be the latest State in India to benefit from 4G networks’ gaining momentum. Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) is setting up infrastructure to facilitate 4G network in the South Indian State. The Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman has been very ambitious in his new telecom venture and it’s expected that a full-fledged launch will take place in March or April 2014.
RJIL is not holding back as far as the support structure or networks are concerned. According to sources, around Rupees 2,000 crore is being spent to to build the network requisite for the service, which could theoretically deliver a speed of up to 300 Mbps (megabits per second) and FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) fixed-line broadband. The telecom company is planning a phase by phase rollout of its services that would hit Kerala’s biggest cities first followed by smaller ones. This launch would first begin in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kannur, Thrissur, Kollam, Alappuzha, Cherthala and Palakkad. To ensure a glitch-free network, RJIL will be setting up 1,700 mobile towers followed by another 1,700 in Kerala in the second phase. “Technologically and commercially, 4G is a quantum leap from the 3G service and the high speed offered by 4G will leverage e-learning and e-commerce. RJI has entered into a contract with the state government to network government offices across the state,” said Venugopal K Nair, consultant of RJI and former director of Kerala state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau.
That’s not all. Not being content with capturing a sizeable market share of 4G services, RJIL is also planning a three-stage rollout of wire-line broadband to homes. The company is laying 10,000 kilometres of fibre optic cable targeting the big cities and towns of Kerala such as Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kozhikode and Kannur.
At the same time as this development, the mobile handset market is looking at the whole 4G rollout with the view that it’s the mobile handsets that’re going to be critical its success. . “Flagship phones of all major mobile makers are 4G compatible,” said A Faizal, director of Kochi-based Ezyby.com, an online shop for electronic products. As per JayanthGiridhar, director of multi-brand store chain Fridge House, sales of such phones are on the rise in Kerala. “Mobile phones are increasingly used as PCs for downloading games or searching information on the net. Hence the sale of 4G compatible models will grow,” he noted.