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The Next Generation: Reliance’s Plans To Ram India’s Sluggish Broadband Sector

What the Reliance brand did with mobiles, when Reliance Infocomm was launched, was a red-letter event in Indian Telecom history, successfully revolutionizing the mobile space; but that is now history. The question that hangs on many-a-telecom-executives lips today is about what exactly the company intends to do with broadband and even whether it will really be able to spark the broadband sector. Exact details are not available, but there are some clues in a company presentation, which we've simplified for your reference: The Beginning On June 11, 2010, Reliance Industries Limited announced it would invest Rs. 48,000 million in buying a substantial stake in Infotel Broadband Services. RIL will own 95% of Infotel. Infotel and BSNL have BWA spectrum all 22 circles. Read our post: Reliance Industries Buys 95% In BWA Auction Winner Infotel; To Invest Rs. 4800 Cr What technology will Reliance use? RIL will initially roll out WiMAX, followed by Long Term Evolution (LTE), clubbed as 4G. 4G will provide the boost in speed to these services and all existing features such as video conferencing and video on demand services, web browsing, 3D gaming, streaming music and full motion video as well as voice and SMS. The first wave of WiMAX will see this reaching 23 Mbps and the second wave of WiMAX (802.16e), for which Reliance has acquired BWA spectrum, will deliver 50 Mbps. LTE release 8, will offer 270 Mbps download and 62.7 Mbps upload speeds. Which global operators/countries have adopted LTE? There are 110 LTE network commitments…

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