RIL asks its 40,000  employees asked to switch from Airtel, Vodafone to Jio
[Representational Image] Reliance Jio 4G launch live streaming information: Where to watch Mukesh Ambani AGM speech. [Photo: Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, poses for photographers before addressing the annual shareholders meeting in Mumbai June 6, 2013]Reuters

Reliance Jio launch in India is the most anticipated one in India's telecom industry and mobile users are closely following the development. The network carrier may be having its own share of problems with the commercial launch of the high-speed Jio 4G across India, but it is ensuring that the end users make the most of its JPO (Jio Preview Offer). Now, Reliance Industries has asked its 40,000+ employees to stop using rival carriers and switch to its own Jio network.

RIL employees have been asked to port their existing phone numbers on existing networks such as Vodafone, Airtel and Idea, over to Jio. The move comes despite RIL's ongoing differences with the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COIA), which has reportedly refused to sign off the necessary interconnect points in order to provide sufficient coverage in terms of calls.

Call drops on Reliance Jio's network is a major concern right now, where users are unable to get through to other carriers in one go. There are, however, no complaints with Jio's blazing-fast 4G internet speeds, which is currently being offered as free for a long period of 90 days.

According to a PTI report on Monday, which quoted an email sent by RIL's HR to all of its employees, workers are asked to use MNP (Mobile Number Portability) to switch carriers in order to retain their existing numbers while using Jio's services. The process, once initiated, will take around seven working days.

"We are excited to announce yet another milestone towards greater excellence, where we will be switching our existing corporate connections to Jio," the company's HR said in the email. "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."

Reliance Jio's commercial launch date is yet to be finalised, but the company has assured to launch its full services by the end of this year. Even though the network is still under a large-scale test phase, it has more than 1.5 million users.

Reliance Jio is one of the world's heavily invested startup, attracting over Rs. 1.34 lakh crore. The service, once fully launched, will cover 18,000 towns and more than 2 lakh villages across all the 22 service areas of the country, the report added. Reliance also has a separate brand called LYF, which offers a wide range of 4G-enabled smartphones ranging from Rs. 3,000 up to Rs. 20,000. Currently, all LYF smartphones come with free Jio 4G SIM with preview offer. The unlimited data and calls offer has also been opened to third party smartphone brands such as Samsung, LG and Micromax.