The mobile internet fever is here to stay! The 4G project initiated by Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) gets a strong go-ahead in Kolkata. RJIL was looking forward to permission from Kolkata Municipal Corporation since last year for laying optical fibers across Kolkata, and things have began to work out positively after a meeting was held between KMC officials and RJIL’s business head (East), Tarun Jhunjhunwala.
Reliance Jio, telecom division of Reliance Industries, owned by Mukesh Ambani, has started off with the OFC network in different cities of Bengal, already completing about 400 km of OFC. With respect to the mobile wireless technology evolution in India, all Kolkata authorities disposed their proposals, since it is considered detrimental to the underground water pipes, electric cables and telephone. Presently, RJIL agrees to come up with underground maps for Kolkata which would incorporate video recording through Ground Penetrating Radar. This entire data would be shared with KMC.
The plan to lay 750 km of OFC across Kolkata is on the cards, with breadth 2 inch and underground depth 12 inch, leveraging HDD (Horizontal Direction Drilling) and micro trenching methods. The expected completion time and investment for this project is March, 2014 and Rs 3,000 crore respectively.
Reliance Jio evaluating Text Messages across LTE
In addition to the approval for voice service extension for 6 months, Reliance Jio has also been granted permission by Department of Telecom (DoT) to run trials pertaining to messaging features over its LTE-TD 4G network.
Bharti Airtel joins bandwagon: seeking extension in Kolkata
Airtel, India’s first 4 G-LTE mobile wireless operator, responsible for the introduction of LTE-TD in Kolkata in April 2012, is now eyeing thorough expansion here. The telecom player approached KMC for permission for laying 500 to 1000 km of OFC.
According to CEO Airtel Hub, East India, PD Sharma, there has been a draft agreement followed by receipt of micro-tunneling fees and rates from KMC. A settlement would be reached in 7-10 days and 3000 crore investment would be pouring in months for project completion by 2013 end.
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