Reliance Jio’s 4G, a Hit at Wankhede

Around 20,000 people had gathered to witness the first Indian Premiere League (IPL) match at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on the eve of 12th April, 2015. Apart from the thrilling match, the spectators enjoyed the fourth generation (4G) Wi-Fi service offered by Reliance Jio. The fans were upset as the host team, Mumbai Indians lost against Kings XI Punjab. However, the high speed internet connection and real-time sharing was much to their delight.

4G experience at Wankhede

The head of a partnership firm formed by Relativity Media and B4U, known as Relativity-B4U,found the 4G internet experience at the stadium to be mind-blowing.

Aditya Shastri, being a spectator, informed that the people were efficiently able to connect their phones with Wi-Fi and enjoy the high speed network. Thousands of people together connected to the network and it took few moments for them to share real-time images and videos on social networking sites. He further said that there was a huge difference in the existing internet speeds and what was offered at the stadium. The high speed clearly indicated the superior experience soon to be felt once the 4G serviceis launched.

Reliance Jio’s 4G pilot launch

The telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, is promoting its upcoming 4G service by providing free 4G Wi-Fi network at all the seven league matches to be held at Wankhede stadium in this IPL season. Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium was selected as Reliance Industries’ IndiaWin Sports Pvt. Ltd. owns the Mumbai Indians team.

The pilot launch was conducted so that the company may get first-hand learning on how well the network could bear the high traffic and heavy data usage situations.Experts from the industry have suggested that the company will still refine its network and services for an efficient launch that is to be held this year. The roll-out will help the stakeholders to predict the future and benefit all, the owner company, the players and fans.

Registration process

An executive from Reliance informed about the procedure to avail of the 4G service at the stadium. He said it is just like any other Wi-Fi network. As a person enters the stadium, his mobile phone will show the availability of 4G Wi-Fi. The user needs to register himself on the network by entering hisname and phone number. Once this is done, a verification code is sent on that number. The user just needs to submit the code and then he will be able to enjoy the high speed network.

Reliance Jio is promoting its free service with radio spots explaining the registration process to the spectators. Besides, for future matches, the spectators may directly log on to http://www.wankhede.jio.com and register themselves. They may also enter the date on which they will be watching the match at Wankhede. A message confirming the registration is sent on the mobile number. It says, ‘You will receive ‘Verification Code’ before the match for easy access to Jionet in the stadium’. Accordingly, the code is sent to the number on the said date, before the match.

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