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#1 saketsamir

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:39 PM

Mumbai, Dec 30: The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group announced its much-awaited GSM mobile telephone services spread over 11,000 towns and 340,000 villages with a capital infusion of Rs 10,000 crore (Rs 100 billion/USD 2 billion).

Chairman Anil Ambani, who launched the services from the Reliance Centre here, said the rollout happened six months ahead of schedule, with the company having secured the frequency spectrum for the services only in January.

“What has taken other companies 15 years to achieve, we have completed in less than 15 months,” Ambani said, adding that the GSM telephony will complement the group's CDMA offering to give customers a wider choice.

The CDMA network of Reliance Communications spans more than 20,000 towns and 450,000 villages and has some 60 million subscribers across the country, as per the company's web site.

The launch of GSM services came just two days after the 76th birth anniversary of the company's late founder Dhirubhai H Ambani. It was on his 70th birth anniversary on December 28, 2002 that Reliance had launched its mobile phone services.

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:53 PM

Dear All,
at last anil has formally spoken about plans for launch of GSM services, telling that services are test started in mumbai. As for us, wait any where between jan-jun 2009 for a complete roll out (Source-Times now news bulletin)

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:05 PM

Reuters:

Reliance's GSM services will be available in 11,000 towns from Wednesday and the network will reach a total of 24,000 in a few months, Ambani said.


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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:16 PM

The Financial Express:

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications on Tuesday, announced the rollout of GSM mobile services, which will be available in 11,000 towns countrywide.

Announcing the rollout, Anil Ambani said that the company has invested over Rs 10,000 crore in the project, which was completed six months ahead of schedule.

Reliance Communications mobile users will now have a choice of both CDMA and GSM services, Ambani said, adding, "the project was completed within 15 months", six months ahead of schedule.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:40 PM

Cheers!!

28th Dec 2002-CDMA Launch
29th Dec 2008-GSM Launch!

and with that, I completed 400 posts on RIMWEB [ :P ]
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:57 PM

This seems to be circlewise launch as only 11000 towns covered!
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:07 PM

This seems to be circlewise launch as only 11000 towns covered!

This launch is for major towns across India. However they are still in the process of converting the CDMA BTS tower compatible to GSM as well, which is an ongoing process. Most probably we would be getting this as a new year gift from Anil. I think that 1st Jan 09 onwards the nationwide GSM tariff plans will also be out.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:36 PM

Any info regarding tarrifs/ Billing Plans?

Edited by nawalsingal, 30 December 2008 - 05:37 PM.


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Posted 30 December 2008 - 06:30 PM


Source: Money Control
Here is a verbatim transcript of Anil Ambani's speech at the press conference.


Anil Ambani said that Reliance Communication will now offer a nationwide 'enhanced' GSM service. This nationwide GSM rollout will include over 11,000 towns and is expected six months ahead of schedule, completed in less than fifteen months. The company has invested over Rs 10,000 crore in the nationwide GSM rollout.

Reliance Communication marked a turning point and changed the rules of the telecom game forever. It was the start of a journey that would revolutionise the way India communicates with itself and the world.

Today, Reliance Communications is India’s largest integrated and fully converged communications service provider
and we serve over 60 million customers on a worldwide basis.

Today, we dedicate ourselves to Shri Dhirubhai Ambani’s vision once again of accelerating the transformation of the Indian telecommunications industry by now offering a nationwide ‘enhanced’ GSM service in addition to our number one nationwide CDMA service.

Our nationwide GSM rollout has been a very large project, wherein Reliance has once again proven its execution skills. We received the GSM spectrum only in January this year, which is less than 11 months ago. Since then our network rollout has been completed and more than 11,000 towns and 340,000 villages will be part of our GSM offerings to begin with.

Despite this enormous scale, we are at least six months ahead of schedule. To put things in perspective; what other operators have taken to complete in 15 years, we are completing in less than 15 months.

This massive GSM rollout marks the completion of our over Rs 10,000 crore worth of investment programme. Our GSM network deploys the latest generation electronics, which will offer customers the highest quality digital voice.

We are the first nationwide ‘enhanced’ EDGE network, a technology that would offer the fastest Internet access speeds available to Indians.

Through our global partnership on both GSM and CDMA, our customers will be able to roam internationally to more than 200 countries on more networks at attractive rates.

In summary, our number one CDMA network will now be supported by India’s world class GSM network. With this, Indians will have the unique proposition of being able to choose between two nationwide world class networks and have access to the largest handset range available of any operator in India, of over 300 different handsets.

SP Shukla, President of Wireless Business, Reliance Communications said, "As you all know, and most of you have perhaps covered it, when we launched the CDMA national service in India, we completely redefined the telecom game. Our entry impacted all the five parameters, which one monitors in this sector, whether it was call rates, whether the very concept of roaming, handsets and the way they were sold, the explosive growth in subscriber base, and community formation.

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 06:52 PM

Anyone already got GSM SIM? I suppose it should be available from tomorrow. :huh:

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 07:01 PM

Thanks for the info :)
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 07:12 PM

:GirandoOjos: :GirandoOjos:
Congractulation to all reliance user and others too.......




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Posted 31 December 2008 - 12:10 AM

Reliance GSM Sims are available with local dealers now.
तू हर घड़ी, हर वक़्त, मेरे साथ रहा है,
हाँ ये जिस्म कभी दूर, कभी पास रहा है,
जो भी ग़म हैं ये तेरे, उन्हें तू मेरा पता दे,
कुछ इस तरह तेरी पलकें, मेरी पलकों से मिला दे,

आँसू तेरे सारे, मेरी पलकों पे सजा दे.......

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 12:38 AM

Any ideas about the tariffs involved and the call rates? http://www.reliancem...elcom/index.jsp has not been updated yet !!
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 12:48 AM

^^^
Well, the tariffs and call rates will be updated in a COUPLE OF YEARS on their website my dear Praveen. :lol2:

Yaar, you know, how silly these Reliance people are.
तू हर घड़ी, हर वक़्त, मेरे साथ रहा है,
हाँ ये जिस्म कभी दूर, कभी पास रहा है,
जो भी ग़म हैं ये तेरे, उन्हें तू मेरा पता दे,
कुछ इस तरह तेरी पलकें, मेरी पलकों से मिला दे,

आँसू तेरे सारे, मेरी पलकों पे सजा दे.......

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