Operators have obligation to provide interconnectivity: Mukesh Ambani


Reliance Jio has set a target to bring onboard 100 million customers in the “shortest possible time” as it rolls out its 4G network across the country, RIL chief Mukesh Ambani said today.

“I have always set impossible goals for the Jio team and they have always exceeded my expectations. So today I set a target for team Jio to acquire 100 million customers on the Jio network in the shortest possible time and create a new world record,” he said at RIL’s 42th Annual General Meeting.

He added that this would translate into a data usage of 250 crore gigabyte per month.

Reliance Jio has already onboarded 1.5 million users on its 4G network, during the test phase. Over the past few weeks, Reliance Jio has been expanding its unlimited calls and high-speed mobile broadband trial offer to 4G smartphone users of brands such as HTC, Intex, Vivo, Gionee, Karbonn and Lava.

Jio service is already available on Sony, Sansui, Videocon, LG, Samsung, Micromax, Panasonic, Asus, TCL, Alcatel 4G smartphones.

Ambani today announced free voice calling, free roaming and an extremely low data pricing for its Jio 4G phone services.

Jio, which will compete head on with players like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, will offer users data services free for four months from September 5, after which it will offer 10 tariff plans starting at Rs 19 a day for occasional data users, Rs 149 a month for low data users and Rs 4,999 a month for heavy data users.

Pointing to 5 crore call failures suffered by RJio customers last week due to interconnectivity issues with existing networks, RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Thursday asked incumbent operators to fulfil their “obligation” without delay.

“Last week Jio customers suffered 5 crore call failures to other networks due to insufficient interconnect capacity, operators should to fulfill their obligation to provide interconnectivity without delay so that no Jio customer suffers,” Ambani said.

He said operators also have an obligation not to limit customers’ right to migrate to Jio using mobile number portability.

Reliance Jio has accused incumbent players of not releasing sufficient interconnection ports during its test run of services, while the existing operators (under the aegis of COAI) have dubbed its testing of network as an effort to bypass regulations.

(With PTI inputs)