Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio has chosen Vishal Sampat as its Chief Digital Officer, as the telco is expected to launch their commercial 4G services in India soon, reports Economic Times. In his new role, Sampat will be heading Reliance Jio’s digital marketing initiatives. In his previous role, Sampat was the CEO and Founder of SMG Convonix, a digital marketing solutions provider which was acquired by Starcom Mediavest Group to align with its digital offerings arm.
After launching its 4G services for employees only on the 27th of December, Reliance Jio said that it would be launching its 4G offerings commercially starting March 2016, but as of now there are no official confirmations regarding the date. Overall, Jio currently claims to have given out 70,000 4G mobile connections to its employees for testing ahead of the commercial launch.
Jio’s commercial launch: However, according to several reports that surfaced online, Relaince Jio is planning for a soft launch of its 4G services in India in a week or two; a Trak report claims that the launch will be at beta stage and only a select few users will receive sim cards and Wi-Fi hotspot devices. While, a PhoneRadar report states that Jio’s commercial 4G launch could be delayed by December 2016 as the company is apparently struggling to stabilize the network and fix various ‘blind spots’.
Appointments to Jio’s leadership base
Other updates from Reliance Jio
-In March, Reliance Jio said that it would offer free Wi-Fi connectivity through its Jionet programme across 6 cricket stadiums in the country.
In January, Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Reliance Jio entered into a strategic partnership to share spectrum to provide LTE services. The companies also agreed to share spectrum in 800 MHz band across 17 Circles.
-In the same month, Reliance had launched its 4G Lyf smartphones at Reliance Digital stores, which were originally launched for its employees in the same month.
– A Credit Suisse assessment report released in December 2015 said Jio’s 4G services achieved a download speed of 15-30 Mbps with peaks speeds of upto 70 Mbps.
-In the same month, Reliance had opened Jio Chat to nine countries: Canada, USA, UK, UAE, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, China and India.