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Last Updated : Dec 28, 2015 09:34 AM IST | Source:

Reliance Jio soft-launches 4G telecom service at mega event

The employee launch of Jio precedes the commercial launch of the service that is expected in early 2016.

On Reliance Founder Chairman Dhirubhai Ambani's 83rd birth anniversary on December 28, Reliance Jio will roll out its 4G service for its employees, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani announced at a mega launch event in Navi Mumbai on Sunday night.

Shah Rukh Khan and AR Rahman performed at the function at Reliance Corporate Park before a gathering of 35,000 at the venue and thousands more joining in virtually from about a 1000 locations around the world.

The employee launch of Jio precedes the commercial launch of the service that is expected in early 2016 and financial year 2016-17 will be the first full year of commercial operations.

Thousands of Reliance Industries' employees and their families lit up lamps along with the Ambani family at the start of the glittering ceremony. Jio's brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan made a dramatic entry on a motorcycle to thunderous cheers from the crowd. AR Rahman also performed his hit numbers.

Announcing the launch of Reliance Jio, Mukesh Ambani, shared the story of the growth of Reliance Industries and said that the motivation behind Jio was to take along 1.3 billion Indians in the digital journey. "In the next 20 years humanity will achieve more than it has in the past 300 million years," predicted Ambani.

Excerpts from Mukesh Ambani's speech at the Jio employee launch event:

"Friends, today on the eve of the 83rd birthday of Dhirubhai, it is my proud privilege to invite all our Reliance families and friends to be the first to experience Jio’s services.

While you enjoy Jio Digital Life, I am also counting on you, as part of my family, to be part of co-creating the best experience for all our customers. I am sure that when you experience the next generation service of Reliance Jio – you will spread the word."

"India and Indians cannot afford to be left behind in this new world. However, India is ranked around 150 in the Internet and mobile broadband penetration out of 230 countries, Jio is conceived to change this. 1.3 billion Indians cannot be left behind as the world enters a new era. We have the youngest population in the world. Give them the tools. Give them the skills. Give them the environment.

They will surprise us. It is this opportunity to transform the lives of our 1.3 billion Indians that motivated Reliance to enter this space. And Jio is the result. Jio will help advance and realize the potential of every Indian and India. I have no doubt that with the launch of Jio, India’s rank will go up from around 150 to among the top ten in the next few years for Internet and mobile broadband penetration."

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First Published on Dec 28, 2015 01:45 am
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