COAI says Jio’s fibre-based fixed line broadband a ‘gamechanger’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jul 2018 10:58:17




INDUSTRY body COAI -- which has been at loggerheads with member Reliance Jio over a slew of issues in the past -- termed Jio’s fixed line fibre broadband system as a “gamechanger” and said the company garnering over 200 million mobile users in a short span of time is “commendable”. “The announcements made by Mukesh Ambani, RIL Chairman on Friday have positioned RJio as an extensive technology company rather than just a telecom service provider.

This is an interesting development and once the plans laid out today start taking shape, we can expect new streams of revenue to be initiated that will benefit the industry,” Rajan S Mathews, Director General of Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), said in a statement.

Jio, the newest entrant in the telecom market, as also old operators like Bharti Airtel and soon-to-be-merged Vodafone and Idea Cellular are all members of the COAI. Reliance Jio’s entry into the mobile segment in 2016 led to a bruising tariff war that dented the financial metrics of the incumbent operators.

After storming mobile telephony market with free voice calls and dirt cheap data, Ambani yesterday announced an ultra high-speed fixed line fibre broadband for homes and enterprises across 1,100 cities.