With the Narendra Modi government allowing spectrum sharing, Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Reliance Jio Infocomm are set to ink a pact that will enable the Mukesh Ambani-owned telco to offer fourth generation (4G) services over the 800 MHz band across 10 circle.
Through the deal Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio will have access to 10MHz of continuous 4G bandwidth in Mumbai, UP-East, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Northeast, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
Reliance Jio had acquired 49 units in the 800 MHz band across the 10 circles at a cost of Rs 7,876.42 crore in India’s biggest spectrum sale in March
Conversion of non-contiguous airwaves in the 800 MHz band into contiguous or ‘continuous’ frequencies is critical for Reliance Jio for delivering top-grade 4G LTE services on this frequency, which has been historically used for CDMA services.
Jio is trying to stitch together a 4G network with higher frequencies in the 2300 MHz band which can’t penetrate concrete walls, but the lower frequency 800 MHz band can. It’s for this reason that the deal becomes so important for Reliance Jio to roll out its 4G network.