Sandip Das

Sandip Das has stepped down as the managing director of the Reliance Industries’s data service venture Reliance Jio, reports TelecomLead. Das had joined Reliance Jio from Maxis in May 2013.

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said in a letter to the Reliance Retail team that Das will now work as a mentor for the Jio division of Reliance Retail. Das told the publication that he himself had sought this shift in role.

It’s a bit strange that Das requested this role shift before Reliance Jio’s commercial launch, although we are not sure as to when Reliance Jio is actually launching its services commercially. Remember that Indian government’s BWA rollout obligations are kicking in about eight months.

Reliance Jio’s broadband plans & digital services

Last month, a preview site registered to Reliance Industries’s RelianceDomains went live for a short period of time providing information on what could possible be Reliance Jio’s broadband tariffs among others. The site claimed to offer broadband speeds of 100 Mbps and 100GB usage limit at tariffs starting at Rs 1 per month. It also claimed to offer paid WiFi services and digital services like movies, music, news, magazines, voice calling and cloud storage among others.

The company had also roped in former Deutsche Telekom executive Rainer Deutschmann as its new Chief Products and Innovation officer in October, who was expected to oversee the key software, content and mobile Internet elements of the venture.

Former BlackBerry India managing director Sunil Dutt had also joined Reliance Jio as its president for its devices segment in June this year while Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani was also appointed to Reliance Jio’s Board of Directors in October last year.

Arvind Rao however had left Reliance Jio in March 2014, after joining the company in an advisory capacity in late 2012. From what we had heard, Rao along with former KPCB partner Aniruddha (Ajit) Nazre were heading Reliance Jio’s content and data services side of the business.