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MWC 2017 Live: Reliance Jio, Samsung to jointly make network announcements

India’s newest telecom operator Reliance Jio and Korean electronics giant Samsung is expected to make an announcement regarding Jio’s network at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

mobileworldcongress2017 Updated: Mar 07, 2017 10:56 IST
Anirban Ghoshal
Anirban Ghoshal
Hindustan Times
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India’s newest telecom operator Reliance Jio and Korean electronics giant Samsung is expected to make an announcement regarding Jio’s network at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.(Samsung)

Korean electronics giant Samsung and India’s latest telecom operator Reliance Jio is jointly going to make an announcement shortly at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

In a invite sent to the media, both the companies mention that the event will look to “foster engagement and participation among industry leaders, governments, and communities, by discussing Jio’s successful 4G LTE business and how it has transformed the everyday lives of 1.3 billion Indians.”

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However, Mukhesh Ambani-promoted Jio post launch brought along a new data reveloution in the country by offering free data and voice calls for six months. The free plan will end on March 31, after which plans for data will be introduced, but voice calling looks to remain free forever. The plans have attracted a huge subscriber base, so much so, that it created a world record of adding 16 million users in its first month of operations. In January, the operator reported it had managed to garner 72.4 million subscribers in just 4 months.

Samsung was one of Jio’s initial partners in India, and this partnership looks to make impacts in international markets as well. The invite says the press conference will also see Reliance Jio share the contributions of made by Samsung as a solutions partner for the operator, and adds, “We hope for this to benefit participants in understanding how we have and will make impacts at local and international levels for the growth of the industry.” The event will be hosted by President of Reliance Jio, Jyotindra Thacker and President Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, Youngky Kim.

This will be Reliance Jio’s first appearance at MWC.

First Published: Feb 28, 2017 18:04 IST