The World T20 fever officially starts today and those who are going to enjoy the matches at stadiums are in for a special treatment at the stadiums from Reliance. To cash in the popularity of World Cup for marketing its ambitious 4G services, Reliance Jio will offer free 4G WiFi without any upper limits to the people in 6 stadiums.
These stadiums include the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Wankhede in Mumbai, Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, and HPCA stadium in Dharamshala. On an average, the company has installed 650 high-speed WiFi access points in these stadiums.
Eden Garden which has the capacity to accommodate 60000 spectators has 1100 access points whereas FerozShah Kotla with 40000 capacity has 668 such points. In total, these stadiums have the capacity to seat 2,26000 spectators, whose registration data will prove to be the starting point of its commercial roll out of service later.
The network would be supported by 100Gbps backhaul which would ensure speeds between 5-15 Mbps even at the full capacity of the stadiums. And not to mention that the service will be completely complimentary with no upper limits.
This is because according to the company it did not make sense to put any upper limit on the usage due to the difficulty of recharging batteries of smartphones in stadiums.
We want users to experience the quality of the service. This allows people to experience the service and when we launch, the demand will already be high,
said a senior executive.
Reliance has already run the pilot for such kind of service during an India-Australia match in 2015 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
The response was staggering as the company claims that 30000 people at the stadium subscribed for the service out of which 20000 people were using it at the same time during the match. The network delivered speeds of 35 Mbps and the data consumed during the 4 hours was 2.2 terabytes (TB).
The company soft-launched its 4G services in December last year with commercial launch still pending. It has distributed free SIM cards to its employees and JioNet Wi-Fi service is available in a few airports and tourist spots.
The company is also in talks with colleges, universities, and municipal corporations to make its 4G WiFi available in other public spots as well.