Reliance to strengthen homeland security with their 4G network

Reliance to strengthen homeland security with their 4G network

Summary: Along with consumer services like LTE devices and local content, Reliance will let security agencies in the country use their infrastructure for homeland security.


Mukesh Ambani is making his re-entry into the telecom industry with Reliance Infotel and 4G after handing over his previous brainchild Reliance Communications to younger brother Anil Ambani in a family dispute. This time around, Mukesh Ambani's Infotel is a 95% acquisition and at the moment it doesn't look like Infotel will go head-to-head with either Reliance Communications or the likes of Vodafone and Airtel. As of now, Infotel is working on rolling out 4G services across India. They are focusing on broadband connectivity and are the only company with a pan-India 4G license.

In their annual report (PDF link), the company elaborated on their plans. Reliance's pitch is the poor broadband penetration (their estimates are 13 Million connections) in India. Reliance believes broadband will impact every aspect of the community, business to business transactions, health, education, entertainment etc. In the report, Reliance highlights the growing number of LTE supported devices and the ability to tether high-speed connectivity on mobile devices. The company says they will offer local content to complement the devices and service.

The other interesting note in the report is Reliance's plan to leverage the pan-India Infotel infrastructure for homeland security in India. Post the horrific 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, the private sector and governments have been working on improving the country's intelligence and security. Quoting the relevant part from the annual report:

Reliance will also leverage its broadband network to support the requirements for homeland  security applications and services, which can benefit from the advantages of low latency and assured quality of services that are integral to 4G networks. Insurgency and terrorism have become global challenges, and in light of the recent terrorist attacks on major cities, the citizens of India have a dire need for digital surveillance and security services. The traditional security platforms have been found inadequate to address the new challenges associated with global terrorism and there is a need to support the efforts of our law enforcement agencies with intelligent and realtime electronic and digital solutions. Reliance is working with global partners to bring state-of-the-art homeland security solutions to the Indian market.

The fact that Reliance thought about using their infrastructure for the country is admirable in itself. With the government working on improving the network infrastructure for the armed forces and private sector pitching in for internal security, India seems to be on the right path.

Topics: Networking, Government, Government US

Manan Kakkar

About Manan Kakkar

Telecommunication engineer with a keen interest in end-user technology and a News junkie, I share my thoughts while preparing for my Master's in Information Management.

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  • Wheel Refurbishment

    Reliance will let security agencies in the country ,I share my thoughts while preparing for my Master's in Information Management.
  • are we still there

    Still 3G is not fully implemented here , and it is too costly for an average person. How can they even think about 4G.
    • genuine question... but don't underestimate


      I agree with your observation... but here we are talking about a company that virtually made mobile communication cheapest in the world and was instrumental in increasing subscriber base for all carriers in India many a folds.... Before that, I remember when incoming/outgoing everything was charged at a premium price. I myself have used their services at a point in time with unlimited calling for less that $10 (Rs. 440) a month with a feature phone that cost me $20 (Rs. 1000). Moreover, those times feature phones manufacturing cost was more that what they were sold for (because Reliance purchased from the manufacturer and sold it to consumers). In a way, it won't be an overstatement if I say that those initial years (2003-2005 when Reliance started their services) contributed heavily towards Samsung (one of the suppliers of Reliance phones) becoming a major player in mobile market.
      • It is not about reliance

        @ ashwinipn

        i am not pointing a finger at reliance. My statement refers to the whole telecommunication industry in India. i am still paying 1200 a month for the Internet connection, which was advertised as "upto 3.1 mbps downlink" and the speed is not even close to 500 kbps(i get ~100kbps). plus a limited 10 gb/month limit with download+upload. Internet is crucial these days, and these download caps should not even exist if they are trying to make Internet available to everyone.
        my point is first they should make things better which are already available. I still don't get 3g coverage in most of the cities I travel (excluding metro cities.). So what is the point of 4g when we are paying so much money for cdma 2000. I've yet to see what Reliance ....or whatever corporation will do to 4g.
  • no no no

    governments who are trying tighen up security need to build a nation wide wifi grid so that they have security controle and give companys the chance to provide cheep service while still making money. i am sorry i have had friends run there new phones,tablet's,and laptops on 3g,4,and my wifi.Guess what wifi win always.