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The telecom tribunal on Thursday did not stay Reliance Jio’s free promotional offer, but asked regulator TRAI to “re-examine” issues relating to the approval granted to the operator to continue with the freebies.

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), in its order on Thursday, asked TRAI to apprise it of the “outcome and findings of the examination” within two weeks.

TDSAT last week had reserved the order on an interim appeal seeking a stay on Reliance Jio’s free offer after hearing all the parties concerned, including TRAI, incumbent operators Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, and newcomer Jio.

In its interim appeal, Airtel had sought a stay on TRAI’s approval to Jio to continue with the free services. It had also sought a direction to the regulator to produce all the records related to its decision.

The appeal also sought to restrain Jio from providing its consumers the zero tariff plan and promotional plans. Jio had launched the inaugural free voice and data plan in September last year, and in December, extended the freebies till March 31, 2017.

Following this, the existing players such as Airtel and Idea moved the telecom tribunal against TRAI for letting the new operator continue the free promotional offer beyond the stipulated 90 days.
The operators criticised the regulator for being a “mute spectator” to the alleged violations.

On January 31, TRAI had held that Jio’s free voice calling and data plan were not violation of the regulatory guidelines.

TRAI had further said its examination had revealed that. the ‘Happy New Year Offer’ launched by Jio on December 4, 2016, is distinct from its earlier Jio Welcome Offer and could not be treated as an extension of the promotional offer as the benefits under both differed.

Recently, Jio announced that it will start charging for its mobile services from April 1.

Last month, Jio said its existing subscribers and new customers who come on board by March 31 can continue to enjoy unlimited benefits of its Happy New Year Offer for one more year (till March 31, 2018) by paying a one-time fee of Rs. 99 and thereafter Rs. 303 a month.

 

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Reliance Jio, whose commercial launch has been inordinately delayed, on Friday denied any technical glitches behind the hold-up and said network optimisation is taking time as it wants to ensure a seamless and foolproof rollout with a couple of million users.

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At the last AGM, company Chairman Mukesh Ambani had said the commercial launch would happen by December, which was then postponed to March.

The telecom venture of RIL, however, launched services for its employees late December and later extended them to their families and friends, taking the overall consumer base to a little over 5 lakh.

Asked about the delays in commercial launch, Reliance Jio’s Strategy and Planning head Anshuman Thakur said, “There is no reason for the delay. It’s first time that the LTE technology is being tested on such a large scale anywhere in the world.

“As it needs a lot of optimisation, which will lead to some disturbances in services, we want to ensure that once commercially launched the service is seamless. In fact the only delay is network optimisation. Also, we want to have a larger user-base of say a couple of millions at least (up from the present 0.5 million) to do the rollout.” But he parried a query on what is preventing them from ramping up the user-base.

As against the national average of 150MB data usage, for Jio customers, who are getting free service now, it is 18GB and the highest usage come from states like Assam and Jharkhand, Thakur told reporters. The average voice usage is over 250 minutes within the first month of test-rollout.

In a statement earlier in the day, Ambani, without proffering a timeline, said, “Jio will launch commercial operations in the coming months and it is test-programme has established smooth operations of all aspects of the network over half a million users. The initial feedback is very encouraging and has established smooth operations of all aspects of the network.”

RIL Group Deputy CFO V Srikanth said the parent RIL will be investing over Rs. 60,000 crores in capex in Jio this fiscal, an amount which is over and above the Rs. 1 trillion it has pumped in since bagging licence in 2010. At the Group level, the capex will be higher by Rs. 30,000 crores at Rs. 1.5 trillion.

The company has an equity capital of Rs. 45,000 crores while the debt component is around Rs. 33,000 crores. On the number of Lyf branded mobile handsets, he said they have already sold over 1.5 million units since November. Asked whether Rel Jio will be bidding for the spectrum

auctions in July, Thakur said the company is yet to take a call. Thakur said of the over Rs. 60,000 crore capex for the telecom vertical, some money will be spent on widening the network coverage to 90 percent as planned from the present 70 percent of the population.

He further said the company has around 90,000 telecom towers now, half of which owned by the RIL and rest on lease. At 90 percent network coverage, the number of telecom masts will be over 1 lakh.

Some money, which is yet to be finalised, will have to be paid to RCom for sharing its towers as well, he said but declined to quantify it.

The company has already made an advance payment of Rs. 2,800 crores to Reliance Communications (RCom), Thakur said.

Reliance Jio holds 751.10 MHz of liberalised spectrum across the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2300MHz bands. In addition, RJIL has entered into agreements with RCom for change in spectrum allotment in the 800MHz band for nine circles and sharing of spectrum in the 800MHz band across 17 circles.

“This arrangement will be extended to the balance circles as well subsequent to pending approvals from the government, such that RJIL will have pan-India spectrum in the 800MHz band in addition to 2300MHz band,” the company added.

Earlier this week, Reliance Jio launched a new 8,100 km cable system, the Bay of Bengal Gateway, which provides direct connectivity to Southeast Asia and West Asia, then onward to Europe, Africa and the Far East seamlessly.

 
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Reliance Retail Ltd, the retail business of India’s energy conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd, said on Saturday it planned a quick roll-out of its newly launched fashion and lifestyle e-commerce business.

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Reliance Retail, controlled by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, which was launched on Friday, is entering India’s already crowded e-commerce market via its new website ajio.com. It will be competing against established domestic players such as Myntra or global firms such as Amazon.

Sanjay Mehra, chief executive of ajio.com declined to say how many cities the web site would initially deliver to. But Mehra, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of a launch event, said the company’s target was to take its delivery capacity to 15,000 pincodes over the next 2 months.

India has about 40,000 pincodes – the equivalent of postal codes in other countries – according to government data.

India’s e-commerce is expected to produce sales of $36.7 billion (roughly Rs. 2,43,530 crores) by 2020, according to a KPMG report in November.

 

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Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest person, Sunday said Reliance Jio will be ready to commercially launch its much talked about 4G telecom services in second half of 2016, offering 80 percent of Indians high-speed mobile Internet as well as voice services.

Reliance Jio had in late December unveiled fourth generation (4G) service for its employees, marking Ambani’s return to the telecom sector years after Reliance Group’s telecom unit had gone to his younger brother Anil following a split between the two siblings.

“We’ll be ready to launch in the second half of 2016. 80 percent of India’s population will have high-speed, mobile broadband Internet.

“So 80 percent of the 1.3 billion Indians will have high-speed, mobile Internet. And by 2017, we would cover 90 percent. And by 2018, all of India would be covered by this digital infrastructure,” he told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in an interview.

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (R-Jio)’s 4G services are currently available to roughly 120,000 employees, their families and business partners.

The firm, a unit of Reliance Industries Ltd, has invested close to USD 15 billion in the telecom venture so far. R-Jio holds the highest amount of liberalised (free to use for any service) spectrum among telecom operators, totalling 51.1MHz across the 800MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,300MHz bands. Zakaria travelled from New York to Mumbai to meet Ambani at his residence – Antilia. He is the only person to have interviewed Ambani twice.

Asked about Reliance’s massive investment in acquiring airwaves and laying physical infrastructure for offering high-speed Internet services, Ambani said he believed that humanity is at the doorstep of massive change, and “we’re just at the beginning of the information and the digital age.”

“And in the next 20 years, in a network society, we are going to have change much more than what we have seen in the last hundred years,” he said.

Ambani said digitisation will be at the forefront of the digital revolution and India cannot be left behind.

“As we saw in the year 2012-13, India is 150th in the world in mobile broadband penetration as well as quality. And Jio has really been conceived to change this position,” he said.

Citing the example of US, where 4G services were launched five years ago, he said major carriers today cover only 75 to 80 percent of the market. “And we would be pretty much doing that in 2016 itself,” he said.

RIL chairman and managing director said digital infrastructure is a very good investment.

“For me personally, we made this investment just to make sure that the youth of India, which is still the bulk of India — India, as you know, is a very young country is empowered, and they have an equal opportunity to not only prosper themselves, but to contribute to this new world.

“And that was really a main reason. And that’s why we took very high risks,” he said.

The investment with time “now looks like being pretty good even business-wise,” he added.

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Reliance on Sunday announced the launch of Reliance Jio 4G services for use by over 1 lakh Reliance employees and their families across India.

According to a press statement issued by Reliance, employees spread across a 1,072 centres throughout India, and one in Dallas, US, connected to the launch event at Reliance Corporate Park (RCP) in Navi Mumbai on Reliance Jio’s own network. Through two-way video conferencing, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman & Managing Director Mukesh Ambani interacted with employees watching the event from distant places. The event was hosted by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and music director A R Rahman.

“Friends, today on the eve of the 83rd birthday of Dhirubhai, it is my proud privilege to invite all our Reliance families and friends to be the first to experience Jio’s services,” said Ambani. “While you enjoy Jio Digital Life, I am also counting on you, as part of my family, to be part of co-creating the best experience for all our customers. I am sure that when you experience the next generation service of Reliance Jio – you will spread the word.”

Reliance Jio holds the highest amount of liberalised spectrum among telecom operators which can be used for deploying any technology for mobile services. It has a total of 751.1 MHz spectrum across 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2300MHz bands.

According to field trials by brokerage firm Credit Suisse, download speed on 4G network of Reliance Jio during its beta-test phase peaked at 70Mbps but remained in 15-30Mbps range on most occasions.

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Reliance Jio is gearing up for the mega launch event of its 4G service for its employees with offers like free subscription till commercial roll out and steep discount on handsets.

“For the first time in India’s corporate history, an employee launch will see 35,000 strong attending the event at the venue itself. Over 1 lakh employees would attend an event on physical and virtual platforms who can avail free 4G service of Jio at least till commercial launch,” a source aware of the development at Reliance Jio told PTI.

Reliance Jio also plans a 25 percent discount on company’s LYF mobile handsets, the source said.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and musician A R Rahman will host the function on December 27. When contacted, a Reliance Jio Infocomm spokesperson said, “Team Jio is working at war footing to prepare for upcoming Employee Launch Event on the eve of our Founder Chairman Dhirubhai Ambani’s 83rd birthday anniversary.”

Though main function will be held in Reliance Corporate Park, the company is preparing stage to connect employees virtually at around 1000 locations including Dallas in the US.

The entire live-cast of the event will be carried on Jio’s own digital network to demonstrate capabilities of the network for enterprises and corporates in India specifically which is specifically targeting large distribution companies, the source said.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has said that he will be the brand ambassador of Reliance Jio and the services are expected to expanded around March-April period. Reliance Jio holds the biggest chunk of liberalised spectrum among telecom operators and that can be used for deploying any technology for mobile services.

According to field trials by brokerage firm Credit Suisse, download speed on 4G network of Reliance Jio during beta-test peaked at 70 megabit per second but remained in 15-30Mbps range on most occasions.

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Country’s largest telecom player Bharti Enterprises Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal on Thursday said the entry of Reliance Jio Infocomm will bring further consolidation in the Indian telecom sector.

The telecom czar said consolidation activity has already started with MTS and Reliance Communications (Rcom) deal.

“I personally believe the launch of services of Reliance Jio as a big operator will spur consolidation in telecom sector,” Mittal told CNBC TV18.

He said the ideal situation for India should be four private operators and state-run BSNL.

RCom, India’s fourth-largest telecom operator, has acquired Russian conglomerate Sistema’s Indian telecom unit in an all-stock deal.

Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL) offers mobile telephony services under MTS brand across nine telecom circles in the country.

On the issue of call drops, Mittal said the operators should also take part of the blame.

“The problem has occurred in the last one year and we must on our side take responsibility. We should have been better prepared…there is a part of the blame that sits on our side,” Mittal said.

He, however, said the situation has started to improve in the last few weeks.

Asked about the call drop penalty mandated by sectoral regulator Trai, Mittal said the operators are in discussions with Trai and government regarding the matter and hope to come out with a solution.

“We will come to a formulation where we will be able to satisfy the government and regulator that we can come up to their expectations that they will not be requiring us to go through the process that is currently being suggested,” he said.

Operators are opposing the penalty saying it is difficult to implement the regulation and will cost them about Rs. 150 crores a day.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) last month mandated that telecom companies from January 1 should compensate users at the rate of Rs. 1 per dropped call, with a ceiling of three dropped calls per day (or, Rs. 3 per day).

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India is expected to have 9 crore 4G subscribers and 18 crore 4G smartphones by 2018 and Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular will gain from this growth if Reliance Jio Infocomm delays the launch of its 4G services, says a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA ML).

“We expect 4G smartphone base to jump from 5 million in FY 2015 to 180 million (18 crores) by FY 2018, leading to 4G subscribers accelerating from almost zero in FY 2016 to 90 million (9 crores) by FY 2018,” a report by BoFA ML research analysts Sachin Salgaonkar, Karan Parmanandka and Simon Dong-je Woo said.

In next few years, there will be marginal difference between 3G and 4G tariffs as well as there will be decline in smartphone prices that may lead 2G subscribers leapfrog to 4G services and skip 3G, analysts expect.

“We expect 4G net adds to be faster than 3G net adds by FY 2019 and estimate 3G subscribers to be largely restricted in areas where 4G coverage is limited.

“However, we do expect 3G subscribers uptake to be strong for the next couple of years, at least, as 3G coverage would likely be better than 4G coverage,” the report said.

The analysts said that the big three players – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular – will gain if Reliance Jio Infocomm commercial 4G service launch is delayed. “With all the big 3 telcos expected to have rolled out 4G selectively in key urban areas before March, 2016 we expect their top-end (high usage) consumers to migrate to 4G.

“This, in our view, will make it difficult for Jio to poach these subscribers as the company would need to focus on offering a differentiated service,” it added. As per last update from Reliance Jio, the company has not changed its position to launch its service in December as committed by chairman Mukesh Ambani.

Analysts said 4G tariffs are expected to come down with the launch of Reliance Jio 4G services but they do not see lower pricing strategy to be a sustainable offering by Jio to poach the subscribers.

“We note that top 5 percent customers (mainly post-paid) of the big 3 telcos contribute to 15 percent of their revenues. These customers are unlikely to switch to Jio given the comfort these customers have with their existing operators and general laziness to switch unless there is a very compelling proposition,” the report said.

It, however, estimates Reliance Jio to be market leader in terms of 4G subscriber base from 2017 onwards till 2025, followed by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular.

Bharti Airtel has commercially launched 4G service in 296 cities with 35,000 base-stations and 4G tariffs at 3G prices. Vodafone has announced to launch 4G commercial service in some cities by December and Idea in 10 circles by June.

“The company (Jio) is looking for 4G phones to be priced between Rs. 4,000-25,000. Jio would need a 5 band phone which works on 900, 2100 bands along with 800, 1800 and 2300 for seamless connectivity,” the report added.

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Commitments totalling Rs.105,000 crore were received from telecom operators at the end of bidding on Friday, the 15th day of radio frequency spectrum e-auctions, but there was a drop of Rs.4,000 crore in the collective value of the highest bids across bands from Rs.109,000 crore a day earlier.

“The bidding is taking place in all bands. Brisk bidding was seen on 15th day of bidding, with activity requirement set at 100 percent. There is robust bidding going on in 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz bands,” the Department of Telecom (DoT) said in a statement here.

Six fresh rounds of bidding were seen on Day 15.

“At the end of 92nd round, about 88 percent of the spectrum has been provisionally allocated to bidders. The provisional amount committed by bidders at the end of 92nd round is over Rs.105,000 crore,” it said.

“Majority of service areas are going at a premium over reserve price. The competitive bidding is expected to continue. There is still spectrum, which is yet to be sold. Bidding would recommence tomorrow, that is, March 21, 2015 at 9 a.m,” the statement added.

The statement, however, did not elaborate the reason behind contraction in commitment value by the bidders.

Day 14 on Thursday saw Rs.109,000 crore-worth commitments from telecom operators at the end of bidding after 86 rounds.

The central government has budgeted for Rs.43,161.72 crore from e-auctions of spectrum for the current fiscal while the reserve price for the entire spectrum on offer in the four bands, across India, was around Rs.80,000 crore.

The bids so far have well exceeded these numbers.

The maximum bids of 102 were received for Rajasthan circle with a winning amount of Rs.96.07 crore per block in the 900 MHz band. This circle saw 40 extra bids.

The second highest bids of 85 were received for Tamil Nadu circle with a winning amount of Rs.45 crore per block in the 1800 MHz band. However, this circle saw 10 less bids.

The eight telecom service providers participating in the auctions are Reliance Communications, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Idea Cellular and Aircel.

They have submitted earnest money of Rs.20,435 crore, which is two and a half times what had been called for.

The total spectrum put up for auction is 103.75 MHz in 800 MHz band, 177.8 MHz in 900 MHz band and 99.2 MHz in 1,800 MHz band for second generation (2G) telephony.

The government has also put up 5 MHz in the 2,100 MHz band for third generation (3G) telephony.

A reserve price of Rs.3,423 crore per MHz was fixed for 800 MHz frequency, Rs.3,399 crore for 900 MHz band and Rs.1,425 crore for the 1,800 MHz band. The government also fixed a reserve price of Rs.3,511 crore per megahertz for the frequency for 3G spectrum.

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