32,000 LTE base stations goes live for Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio is moving at a fast pace for March 2015 launch of broadband services pan India by making 32,000 base stations live across India.

According to Credit Suisse, Reliance Jio is making live 6,500-7,000 LTE base stations every month and things are moving at a fast pace with respect to launch of 4G LTE services in the country. A few months back, Reliance Jio was making live 3,500 LTE base stations.

In LTE base stations, the base units are multi-mode and can support TDD and FDD but the radio/antenna currently is only for TD-LTE on 2300 MHz.

Credit Suisse feels that Reliance Jio will be able to import FDD radio equipment for 1800 MHz only after formal allocation of the frequency bands by the WPC wing of the government.

On the handset side, Sunil Tirumalai of Credit Suisse believes that sub $100 LTE smartphones could become a reality and $100 LTE smartphone could be fairly disruptive for the market.

This development would definitely cheer up Reliance Jio as its success will now be dependent on quality of service and not on price of LTE handset in the country. First, the perception of LTE will shift from a luxury service to common man service and second it will also give lot of comfort to Reliance Jio in terms of cash flow due to drop in prices of LTE handset in China market.

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  1. That is a great news. Now we’ll finally be able to access high-speed broadband internet.
    Pravin, do you have any idea about the pricing though? It was earlier believed to be as affordable as Rs. 10/GB but no official confirmation has come in the last few months.

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