4G Voice Calling Only In 2014 As Reliance Jio Seeks Extension

The era of unified communication has been postponed to the next year as Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJI) has been granted a six month extension to deploy 4G based communications.

Despite 4G Data services having made an entry into India, Indians will still have to carry multiple instruments that depend on several communications standards. This is because RJI, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, had sought & has just been granted a six months extension to thoroughly complete its testing for the 4G Bandwidth based services. Coincidentally, this is only company to have comprehensive pan-India airwaves for offering wireless broadband services.

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Just last week, another rival to Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel had requested about 10,000 numbers for testing 4G based Voice Calling. Interestingly Reliance had made a similar request way back in October last. But our snail paced Government dragged its feet & the company managed to lay its hands on the number-list in April of this year.

Ironically, the Government had set a deadline of today, i.e. 16th July to finalize the protocols & processes to ensure uninterrupted & seamless communications over 4G airwaves, but given the delay, the company filed for an extension & the Government promptly agreed. Still, the official reason being pushed out stands,

We are supporting companies to work on technology and provide better options to customers. They requested for extension and we have agreed.

Why does RJI need an extension? Apparently, the company has successfully developed a new Voice Over LTE technology that would be able to connect call seamlessly across existing 2G, 3G, NLD (National Long Distance) and ILD (International Long Distance) networks. Do you think the customers will wait for RJI’s offering once Airtel introduces its 4G based holistic communications services?

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