Reliance Communications (RCom) has soft-launched its GSM services on Sunday, 28th September.
The service is currently only available to RCom employees across major cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Surat, Lucknow, and Ludhiana. Nearly 10,000 employees have been provided with test SIMs for the new GSM service.
Reportedly, the current test phase includes cities that comprise 45 percent of RCom's subscriber base. In the coming four weeks, the company plans to extend its GSM trials to its employees in cities that form 35 percent of its subscriber base, and eventually to those that consist of 20 percent of the total telecom subscriber base in India.
RCom has invested around Rs. 800 crore in Mumbai circle to set up 2,500 towers.
RCom's full GSM service is expected to available this December. With this, the company will become the only telecom player to offer both GSM and CDMA services in the country.
According to sources, the company expects to have almost 5 lakh subscribers on board by the time its GSM services are rolled out.