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RIL Jio gets Singapore Telecom License
Reliance Industries Limited's (RIL) telecom arm, Reliance JioInfocomm (RJIL) Limited has been awarded licence to facilitate internet and voice roaming services in Singapore.

Reliance JioInfocomm Limited said in a statement that RJIL has been awarded with a Facility Based Operator License in Singapore.The license allows Reliance JioInfocomm Pvt. Ltd., to buy, operate and sell undersea and/or terrestrial fibre connectivity, set up its internet point of presence, offer internet transit and peering services as well as data and voice roaming services in Singapore.

Reliance JioInfocomm has been building high capacity to support telecom services on its overseas network. Mukesh Ambani led RJIL also signed an agreement with competitor Bharti Airtel, which will provide data capacity on its i2i submarine cable between India and Singapore.

RJIL is only company to have pan-India 4G spectrum. The company said it has received a Letter of Intent from the Department of Telecom for award of the new telecom permit, the Unified Licence, and it has complied with requirements, including payment of the entry fee.

RJIL was asked to submit a one-time entry fee of about Rs 1,673 crore, a performance bank guarantee of Rs 220 crore and a financial bank guarantee of Rs 44 crore for the license.

In addition to fixed and wireless broadband services, RJIL plans to provide end-to-end connectivity solutions in domains such as education, healthcare, security, financial services, government-citizen interfaces and entertainment.

Reliance JioInfocomm, along with several international carriers is a part of the consortium for the establishment of the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) submarine cable system. 

The other members include Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) (Malaysia), Vodafone Group (UK), Omantel (Oman), Etisalat (UAE), Alcatel-Lucent and Dialog Axiata (Sri Lanka). This became official withthe signing of the Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) and the Supply Contract for BBG in Kuala Lumpur.

The BBG cable system is designed to provide upgradable and transmission facilities by adopting the state-of-the-art 100Gbps technology. This cable system is expected to carry commercial traffic by end of 2014. The undersea or submarine cable system will link South East Asia, South Asia and the Middle East as well as Europe, Africa and Far East Asia.

RJIL has grown at a phenomenal rate over the last year- From getting a pan-India 4G license to implementing 4G services in the eastern part of India.The company said its headcount increased almost six-fold to over 4,000 employees currently across the nation from less than 700 employees last year.

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