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Reliance Jio to light up Diwali with 99% coverage, IoT

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Jio A Reliance employee demonstrates Jio LYF phone in Mumbai. File Photo | Reuters

Barcelona: The country's telecom major, Reliance Jio, is headed for a majestic increase in coverage by Diwali, aiming to touch 99%.

Jio Infocomm, which has already introduced IoT services in Mumbai, also plans a pan-India roll out of the path-breaking innovation.

On Monday, the company announced that Jio Infocomm and Samsung Electronics will work together to set up a nationwide IoT network.

"We are deploying around 8,000 to 10,000 towers every month," said Reliance Jio Infocomm president Jyotindra Thacker.

Reliance Jio Senior VP, Technology, Tareq Amin said: We talked about acquiring 100 million customers in 170 days last year, which was unprecedented. Our network today has 160 million paid subscribers in less than 16 months of operation", he added.

Through its IoT services, Jio aims to work with the sectors like transportation, weather forecasting and agriculture.

It is also exploring the possibility of working with third party developers on IoT.

On being asked about as how much time Jio would take to roll out IoT, Amin said, the company needs to create an entire ecosystem for that.

Expect a pan-India roll-out

“ Rather than doing a city-by-city launch, we would launch IoT always pan India. We are not waiting for network readiness, but we are awaiting maturity of the IoT platform,” he said.

Amin further said that Jio's network would surpass 2G coverage.

“ Our coverage in LTE would surpass 2G coverage. We want to connect every person and every village," Amin added.

“India ranked 154th in the world in mobile internet penetration and is number one in the data consumption. We believe that we have the largest data consumption network in the world and largest video consumption network in the world ”, said Amin at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018.

Migration to 5G, IoT

About switching of Jio's network from 4G to 5G, he said that it could be done by software upgrade, only saying that it was a network built for the future.

"For any network in this world, this migration would be a forklift activity. It's a nightmare," he said.

In Jio network architecture, we built this software defining network from day zero, he added.

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