6 Stadiums to get Reliance Jio’s Free 4G Wi-Fi Service

The much-awaited T20 World Cup begins on 8th March. Reliance Jio will present Indian cricket fans with a special treat on this occasion.

Reliance Jio’s Service in Stadiums

Cricket-lovers who visit the stadiums to enjoy the matches will be given free 4G Wi-Fi service. Reliance Jio will embrace the popularity of the World Cup to market its eagerly anticipated 4G service. The company has made provisions to deploy the service in 6 stadiums.

The stadiums include Wankhede in Mumbai, Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, IS Bindra in Mohali, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA)in Dharamshala, and Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru.

Reliance Jio has established an average of 650 high-speed Wi-Fi access points in the 6 stadiums. As one of the largest stadiums, Eden Gardens has 1100 access points. It accommodates nearly 60,000 people at a time. FerozShah Kotlaaccommodates around 40,000 spectators and has 668 access points. In total, all of the6 stadiums have a capacity of 226,000 people. The registration data from these stadiums will prove to be the starting point of the commercial launch of Reliance Jio’s4G service, which may roll out in April 2016.

Reliance Jio has supported the network with a 100Gbps backhaul. This will ensure that speed is not affected, even when the stadium is full. The company will offer a speed between 5 Mbps and 15 Mbps for users at the stadium. The service will be offered free of cost. Moreover, there is no upper limit set for data usage.

The company wants the users to fully enjoy the high-speed network while watching the match. A senior executive of Reliance Jio revealed, “We want users to experience the quality of the service. This allows people to experience the service and when we launch, the demand will already be high.”

Reliance Jio’s Deployments in 2015

Earlier in 2015,Reliance Jio had done a pilot run of such a kind of service during a cricket match between India and Australia at the Wankhede Stadium. The company had received a wonderful response. It said that around 30,000 spectators used the service. Out of these, nearly 20,000 were using the service simultaneously. The Reliance Jio network had offered a speed of 35 Mbps. In 4 hours, a total of 2.2 terabytes (TB) of data was consumed in the stadium.

In December, last year, Reliance Jio announced the soft launchof its 4G service. Employees of Reliance Industries and their families have been enjoying access to the service, with the issuance of free SIM cards. In addition to these, it sold 4G-enabled LYF branded phones to its employees at discounted rates.

Reliance Jio Wi-Fi service is available in some airports and touristlocations. The company is in talks with universities, municipal corporations, and colleges, to deploy the 4G service at other public places. To test its network, Reliance Jio has already provided the service in cities like Kolkata, Lucknow, Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabad, and Surat, among others.

Summary

Jio will offer its free 4G Wi-Fi service in 6 stadiums during the T20 World Cup matches.

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