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Reliance Jio gets provisional MSO license to enter cable distribution biz

Reliance Industries Limited's (RIL) telecom & digital arm Reliance Jio has received a provisional licence to operate as a pan-India multi-system operator (MSO), reports Livemint. Reliance Jio had applied for the license in January this year. The report mentions that it plans to use its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connectivity to offer its prospective customers a number of services, including TV, high speed internet, telephone and wireless connectivity. Note that the license is still subject to approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs. It's worth noting that earlier this year, and soon after applying for the MSO license, Reliance Jio had hired former Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd head K Jayaraman as its CEO and had also brought on board former CEO of Den Networks S.N. Sharma as part of the leadership team. In December last year, Reliance Jio had debuted a preview site for a shot period that provided information on Reliance Jio’s Broadband tariffs, digital services and connectivity bundles among others. Its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Broadband connections termed as FIP Alpha claimed it would offer speeds of 100 Mbps and 100GB usage limit at tariffs starting at Rs 1 per month. Reliance Industries had earlier mentioned that it is rolling-out high speed internet services via optical fibre (FTTX) in over 900 cities/towns in the country, along with piloting Wi-Fi hotspots in eight locations at Ahmedabad and nine locations at Baroda and Surat. Earlier this year, it also launched Wi-Fi hotspots in Kolkata. Interestingly, in the preview site the company had mentioned…

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