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4G effect: Call-drops, roaming woes may end soon

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm’s proposed high-speed Internet service using 4G technology has crossed a major technical hurdle during its testing phase that began a few weeks ago — it will ensure that customers get the same data speed when they move from one state to another while roaming on its network.

business Updated: Oct 05, 2014 22:44 IST
M Rajendran

Fed up with call drops and loss of data connectivity while on roaming?

The next-generation 4G services may soon put an end to your woes as companies gear up to offer the latest technology to enable smooth connections.

In fact, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm’s proposed high-speed Internet service using 4G technology has crossed a major technical hurdle during its testing phase that began a few weeks ago — it will ensure that customers get the same data speed when they move from one state to another while roaming on its network.

Consumers have long complained of connectivity issues while on roaming and telecom operators have been grappling with the problem.

“When a customer is roaming, the critical issue is continuous connectivity. Operators have struggled, when the subscriber moves from one circle to another with problems such as call drops, low connectivity or even no connectivity. With our vast network agreements, it has become possible and tests have shown 99.95% success,” a senior Reliance Jio executive in the network team explained.

Reliance Jio spokesperson did not respond to HT’s mail till the time of going to press.

The RIL group firm has entered into agreements with a number of firms for leasing towers across India including Indus Towers (113,000 ), GTL Infra (27,800), Ascend Telecom (4,500), Tower Vision (8,400), ATC India (11,000), Viom Networks (42,000), Bharti Infratel (36,000) and Reliance Communications (45,000). It has signed deals with a number of small tower companies as well.

In addition, Reliance Jio also has agreements with RCom and Bharti to share infrastructure created by the groups.

While Airtel already offers 4G services in Kolkata, Bangalore, Ludhiana and Chandigarh and Aircel in Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir, Vodafone and RCom also plan to launch such services next year.