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Reliance, Samsung to bring 4G connectivity to 99% of population by Diwali

Through its IoT services, Jio aims to work with the sectors like transportation, weather forecasting and agriculture

Press Trust of India  |  Barcelona (Spain) 

Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Jio
Mukesh Ambani

Ambani-led is aiming to cover 99 per cent of the country's population by this Diwali, said a top

As part of its expansion plans, has announced the roll-out of the Internet of Things (IoT) services in association with Samsung, which will help consumers and enterprises.

"We are deploying around 8,000 to 10,000 towers every month," said Infocomm

He is hopeful that by September or October (Diwali), the company would reach a coverage of 99 per cent.

At present, the company has a subscriber base of 160 million paid customers.

Senior said: We talked about acquiring 100 million customers in 170 days last year, which was unprecedented. People really doubted our ability to convert from free to paid customers.

"Not only have we converted that, we have the largest migration of free to paid services in history. Our network today has 160 million paid subscribers in less than 16 months of operation," he added.

Through its services, aims to work with the sectors like transportation, weather forecasting and agriculture.

It is also exploring the possibility of working with third-party developers on

On being asked about as how much time would take to roll out IoT, Amin said, the company needs to create an entire ecosystem for that.

Rather than of doing city-by-city launch, we would launch always pan We are not waiting for network readiness, but we are awaiting maturity of the platform, he said.

Amin further said that Jio's network would surpass 2G coverage.

Our coverage in LTE would surpass 2G coverage. We want to connect every person and every village," Amin added.

ranked 154th in the world in and today it is number one in the data consumption. We believe that today we have the largest in the world and largest in the world said Amin at the Mobile (MWC) 2018.

Over switching of Jio's network from 4G to 5G, he said that it could be done by a software upgrade, only saying that it was a network built for the future.

"For any network in this world, this migration would be a forklift activity. It's a nightmare," he said.

In network architecture, we built this from day zero, he added.

Infocomm, which has already introduced services in Mumbai, now has plans to roll out pan

Yesterday, Infocomm and had announced to work together to set up a nationwide network.

First Published: Wed, February 28 2018. 00:14 IST