Reliance Jio’s official website is now live with an option to “register interest” and currently accepts details including name of the user, email id, phone number, state and city. On signing up for the service, the website said that it would “get back shortly”. Note that the company has not issued an official statement yet, and when asked for one, the company said “no comments”.
The Jio website lists a number of apps available once a user signs up on the network including 11 mobile apps: MyJio, JioChat, JioPlay, JioOnDemand, JioBeats, JioMaags, JioXpressNews, JioDrive, JioJoin, JiMoney, and JioSecurity. The ‘My Jio’ app provides a unique “Jio ID” which allows a user can check for balance, validity, data/voice plans information, and other usage details.
Voice and Video calls
Another highlight is the JioJoin app which claims to provide voice calls to any phone number or landline and video calls using WiFi or mobile internet for users who do not have an LTE enabled smartphone. Note that Jio explicitly uses LTE connectivity to make Jio-to-Jio calls only, due to current regulations in the industry. A DoT amendment in April is set to change that by allowing VoIP & VoLTE (Voice over LTE) users to make and receive calls to and from any non-IP based networks and vice-versa. The new regulations will soon allow Reliance Jio users who depend on VoLTE standard will be able to call subscribers of non-VoLTE networks, and vice-versa.
Commercial 4G roll out
Last month, the Jio had opened its operations to the public on an invite-only basis through its employees. Once an invite is sent out, users have to print a copy of the email with the offer code on it. Users can claim the SIM at a Reliance Digital store along with their proof of identity and address. The SIMs will work on LYF smartphones only.
Missed commercial launch: Reliance Jio missed commercial operation launch of its telecom network in March this year. Anshuman Thakur, Reliance Jio’s head of strategy and planning, said in a PTI report that the delay is due to impending network optimization operations as they aim to launch 4G services pan-India.
Earlier Jio revealed that 500,000 employees had been onboarded on the network. The operator launched full scale 4G service offerings for the Reliance Industries group employees, partners, vendors and associates on a trial basis on 28th December 2015. Jio’s employees have consumed over 18 GB of data in a month on an average, it added.
Recent developments from Reliance Jio
–Last month, Reliance Jio said that it plans to raise up to Rs 750 crore through issue of redeemable non-convertible debentures on a private placement basis. In April, the telco said that it is looking to raise Rs 2,250 crore by issuing secured bonds on private placement basis.
-In the same month, the Department of Telecommunication approved a spectrum sharing deal between Reliance Jio and Anil Ambani owned Reliance Communications to share their 800MHz spectrum band across 9 Circles.