This was also keenly awaited since Reliance Industries has invested as much as $21 billion on Jio - its largest ever capital expenditure on a single project.
Commencement of Services Jio has intimated the Department of Telecommunications ("DOT"), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ("TRAI") and the security agencies regarding the commencement of its wireless telecommunication services in all 22 service areas from 5 September 2016.
Today we have a comparison of all the major telecom networks ie Reliance Jio 4G Vs Airtel Vs Vodafone Vs Idea.
The company has introduced 10 tariff plans from one-day plan at Rs 19 for occasional users going all the way up to Rs 4,999 a month for heavy data users. With these steps, the company has fulfilled all the requirements of Unified License for commencement of services.
Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man, took the wraps off the Jio network on Thursday touting free calls and rock-bottom data prices that sent shares of established players into a nosedive on fears of an all-out price war.
The two discussions have been dominating social media and while many are sharing their serious opinion on how Reliance Jio might help increase Internet penetration in the country, many are joking on imagining the predicament of other service providers like Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel, Idea etc. We would now transition all the test users to the Jio Welcome Offer and they will enjoy all the benefits of Jio Welcome Offer up to 31 December 2016. This hasn't been passed already, but when you aren't paying a website on the Internet while connecting it, the concept here is the same - to keep calls on the Internet free and without a charge given to the other networks as well.
"Jio looks forward to cooperation and working together with the industry to achieve the vision of Digital India".
The company also asked the incumbents to provide mobile number portability facility to Jio - which allows a customer to migrate from one subscriber to another, while retaining the existing telephone number - now that commercial services have been announced.
The data plans offered by the Reliance Jio network are again a force that rival telecom companies will have to recon with. "In the last week alone, Jio customers suffered over five crore call failures to other networks because of insufficient interconnect capacity provided by incumbents".