Now that the non compete agreement between the two Ambani brothers is terminated, Mukesh Ambani is planning to revolutionize wireless broadband in the same way he revolutionized mobile voice communication. His company, Reliance Infotel is planning to install 100,000 cell towers across India in the next 3 years to offer high speed 4G LTE wireless broadband services. Rumors say that the company plans to offer wireless broadband at a very sensible (as opposed to absurd) pricing of INR 10 per GB. This means that a 100GB plan with 5 – 6 times speed will cost you just INR 1000 which is just 1/5th of what it costs today.
Wireless broadband leverages the 4G LTE technology which offers 100 Mbps downloads and up to 40 Mbps uploads. Service providers around the world are upgrading their infrastructure in order to meet the growing demand of mobile internet fueled by the rapid popularity of smartphones and tablets. Infotel won the pan India license of wireless broadband in the telecom auctions and Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries purchased it soon after it was awarded the license. Many players in India including Airtel and Tikona are betting on 4G LTE. Tikona has even announced its plans to invest INR 1000 crores in its network and is planning to combine WiFi and LTE networks to offer wireless broadband.
Relance Infotel plans to start its services by 2012 end. They will rent towers from other firms while they install their own over a span of next 3 years.
[via BGR India]
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