Chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani launched the autobiography of a technocrat, Sam Pitroda. At the launch, he said that India is on the verge of a digital revolution.
Reliance Industries will soon be rolling out its high-speed 4G services. This venture of the company has elevated its focus on digitization.
Ambani, the richest man of the country, stated that the digital revolution will enable all the villages in the country to be connected with an optic fiber cable. He also said that India will soon have more than 1 billion mobile connections. The government has launched its ‘Digital India’ initiative, which will further boost internet usage.
Ambani feels that such measures will make India, a knowledge economy. India will become a ’smart society‘, along with becoming a ’networked society‘, he added.
Pitroda is known as the pioneer of the telecom revolution in India that took place before the mobile phone revolution. Pitroda had fired upthe imagination of the youth and encouraged everyone with his book, ‘Dreaming Big’.
Ambani praised Pitroda’s work. He stated that digitization is the future of India, but added that its roots lie in Pitroda’s work that led to the telecom revolution. The revolution connected distant areas with fixed-line phones. Moreover, call rates were also slashed.
Ambani and Pitroda are friends since the last 30 years. He called him a philosopher, a guide, and a daring dreamer. “He saw the future and had a hand in creating it”, he further added.
Reliance Jio’s 4G launch
Reliance Jio Infocomm is preparing to launch its 4G services. The company has now decided to commercially roll out its high-speed internet services by April, 2016. It had filed a report with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which mentioned that the Financial Year 2016 – 2017 would be the first year of Reliance Jio’s commercial operations.
The company had earlier planned to launch the services in December, this year. However, to offer seamless and superior experience to users, the company will delay the launch to the following year. It is preparing to establish a complete digital ecosystem in the country. It has also been in talks with many mobile phone manufacturers to make low-cost 4G-compatible devices in the country itself.
At the annual general meeting, Ambani had said that internet services will be rolled out on the company’s beta program, involving millions of customers. Reliance Jio had bought the spectrum space in September 2010. It has been talking about 4G services since 2013.
In December 2014, the company rolled out a website that gave details about Reliance Jio’s broadband plans. This year in July, Reliance Jio claimed that it has established its presence in 18,000 towns and cities and has a wireless footprint in more than 1 lakh villages. In addition, the company has spread a network of around 2.5 lakh kilometers of fiber optics.
Reliance Jio said that it will form the digital backbone of the country in the future. At present, the company is testing its complex network to provide flawless services to customers in future.