Reliance Jio Infocomm is all se to serve Indian Railways from 2019 January 1, with officials saying it is likely to slash the national transporter’s phone bills by around 35% at least. Railways has been using Bharati Airtel for over six years as its telecom provider for 1.95 lakh mobile phone connections used by its employees in the closed user group (CUG) across the country for which the railways paid around Rs 100 crore bill per year, they said.
Its validity will expire on December 31 this year. A Railway Board order issued on November 20 said it “had assigned the responsibility to RailTel (railway PSU) for finalisation of fresh CUG scheme for Indian Railways as the validity of the existing scheme is expiring on December 31, 2018. Fresh CUG scheme had since been finalised by RailTel and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has been awarded the contract to implement the scheme.” This news is reported by PTI.
“The fresh CUG will come into effect from January 1, 2019,” said the order which detailed the tariff rates to be provided by the company. Closed User group (CUG) is a supplementary service provided by the mobile operators to subscribers who can make and receive calls from any member associated within the group. This service is applicable for SMS also.
Under the scheme, Reliance Jio, the latest entrant in the telecom market, will provide 4G connections and calls for free of charge. The company will provide four packages to railways – one for its senior-most officials (2% subscribers) – a 60GB plan with a monthly rental of Rs 125, a 4 GB plan at a monthly rental of Rs 99 for its joint secretary level officers (26% subscribers), a 30 GB plan at a rental of Rs 67 for Group C staff (72% subscribers) and a Rs 49 rental plan for bulk SMS…….Read More>>