RIL asks all employees to switch to Reliance Jio

Reliance Industries HR instructs staff to move to its 4G network from existing operators such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India

Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint
Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has asked its 40,000-plus employees to switch to Reliance Jio’s 4G services.

RIL has asked employees to port their existing phone numbers to Jio, a move that may open another front with existing operators such as Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone India Ltd, which have been up in arms against the Mukesh Ambani-led firm’s prolonged beta testing.

“We are excited to announce yet another milestone towards greater excellence, where we will be switching our existing corporate connections to Jio,” RIL’s HR department wrote to all its employees.

It asked employees to port their existing numbers to Jio and laid out a step-by-step process. Mobile number portability (MNP) enables telephone users to retain their number when changing from one carrier to other.

“Once you have submitted the required information, we will initiate the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) process with the existing operator. This will take around seven working days to complete,” the company HR said in the email.

So far, the company has subscribed to the corporate plans of all major operators, including Airtel and Vodafone, for its employees.

Reliance Jio test launched its services last December, but no dates for commercial launch have yet been announced. Initially, Jio SIMs were available only to Reliance employees, and later bundled with Reliance’s own Lyf-branded smartphones.

Now, all Samsung and LG smartphones users can walk in to a Reliance Digital store and procure a Jio SIM.

The network now has over 1.5 million users. The company says it has created the world’s largest end- to-end all IP network and invested over Rs1.34 trillion.

Once launched, the services will cover over 18,000 towns and over 200,000 villages across all the 22 service areas of the country.

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