Reliance Jio Infocomm with its lowest bid has won the Indian Railways tender, pushing aside competitors – Airtel, Vodafone, and state-run BSNL. According to the Indian Express, the “railways sought 4G/3G connections instead of 2G/3G which all bidders met.” But this time the tender demanded calls to be free of charge, and this was met by all the telecom players.
The Indian Express reports, it is learned that the new prices offered by Jio bring down the bill amount by about 30 percent. “So it became a question of who was offering more data at low cost,” said a senior Railtel official.
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As per sources, the Indian Railways pays up to Rs 100 crore just for phone bills. Airtel has been the telecom provider used by the railway employees for over six years. It provides for over 3.78 lakh mobile phone connections in a closed user group (CUG) throughout India.
Sources said the requirement was four different types of monthly plans, based on seniority. In Railways, along with senior officers, all the field staff involved in train operations and safety performance are given official mobile connections—like guards, drivers, station masters, gangmen etc.
RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani in a statement said: “We at Jio are glad about our progress towards our mission with more than 250 million subscribers on our network within 25 months of commencement of services.”
Jio has put India, digital across the world through high-speed internet.