Reliance Jio to cover Punjab with mobile broadband

Thursday, Oct 29, 2015

Punjab will be the first state in India to have full mobile broadband connectivity, from Reliance Jio Infocomm, even as the Reliance Industries Ltd.owned telecom venture prepares to officially launch services in the country.

"We will commit to all the additional resources it takes so that Punjab will be the first state in India where every single village which will be covered with mobile broadband connectivity," RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani said at the investor's summit in Mohali, Punjab on Wednesday.

As we get ready to launch Jio, I'm happy to share that we had committed to invest Rs 2,000 crore, as we speak, we have invested over Rs 3,900 crore in Punjab, Ambani added. RIL has invested Rs 92,000 crore in its ambitious telecom venture so far.

While Ambani did not share the timeline by which all of the state's villages will be connected with 4G services, Punjab's deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal said that Rel Jio would be able to do so by January next year.

Earlier this month, Reliance Industries projected the first commercial year of operations for Rel Jio would be the 2016-17 financial year, while it had substantially completed the network rollout across the country and tests for a pan-India launch were on.

Reliance will start selling 4G-enabled devices in the market from next month, closer to Diwali, under the brand name 'Lyf', and will follow it up with personal Wi-Fi devices.