Reliance Communications has started offering the 4G services via Reliance Jio network for its existing CDMA customers. The Reliance CDMA customers who have upgraded to 4G will get 10GB of data at a starting price of Rs 93. This literally translates into a discount exceeding 90% as opposed to the data plans of other telcos.
Since Reliance is shuttering down their old CDMA services, the users have been offered with an upgrade option. Out of the 8-Million CDMA users, more than 90% of them have opted in for the 4G services according to data from DoT.
The RCom website gives away the fact that the company will provide 10GB at a price point of Rs 93, coming to think of it Airtel offers 1GB of Data per month at Rs 298. Vodafone and other operators including Idea have always kept the cost of Internet packs in the same league but with the foray of Reliance Jio, the operators are expected to buckle. Airtel has been increasing the cost of the data packs at a regular frequency but the changes in quality of the service was lackadaisical.
A letter to DoT mentions that RCom will be launching the 4G data services across 12 circles including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, UP East and West, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. The services are a direct consequence of the fact that RCom has liberalised the 850MHz band spectrum and has inked sharing and spectrum trading agreements with Reliance Jio.
Furthermore, RCom also has in its kitty the 850MHz bands it had purchased during the last year’s auctions. I have been using the Reliance Jio connection from a couple of weeks and it has never let me down. In fact, it offers 4G speeds in places wherein operators like Airtel struggle to offer 2G Speeds. That being said, the folks who have not updated their handsets will not be able to avail these offers as RCom will be discontinuing the CDMA technology.