Broadband Misery Continues: Reliance Jio and NOFN With Small Coverage in 2015

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Indian broadband misery continues. Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G services and National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) with small coverage will be launched in 2015.

While Reliance Jio Infocomm’s 4G project will be delayed by 4 plus years after getting its broadband wireless access (BWA) license for nearly Rs 13,000 crore in 2010, NOFL will undergo several changes and face cost overrun substantially. The BJP government is now thinking about its viability and changing objectives.

Without sharing specific reasons for the delay for the much anticipated 4G launch, Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday said: “The year 2015 will see the phased launch of Reliance Jio across India… The fruits of the tremendous value created by this Rs 70,000 crore initiative would start to flow.”

Reliance Jio Infocomm, which will be investing Rs 70,000 crore in its 4G venture, will cover all states, around 5,000 towns and cities, accounting for over 90 percent of urban India and over 215,000 villages. The target is to cover over 600,000 villages. However, Ambani does not talk about the company’s specific timelines for achieving 60,000 villages.

Reliance Jio Infocomm needs to cover 90 percent of BWA license areas in 2015, as per DoT guidelines to BWA licensees including Bharti Airtel and Aircel. Original post at Telecom Lead

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