It has been more than a decade since the mobile carrier Reliance communication has been serving us in our day to day life. It seems the era has come to an end now. You heard it right. Reliance Communications a.k.a RCom is all set to shut down its voice calling services starting 1st December 2017.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in direction to all telecom operators said that RCom on October 31, 2017 intimated it that “RCL (Reliance Communications Limited) shall provide only 4G data services to its customers and as a result will discontinue providing voice services to the subscribers, with effect from 1st December 2017.”
The regulator has directed RCom to not reject any porting out request of its subscribers and asked all telecom operators to accept the request of RCom subscribers until December 31, 2017.
RCom, reeling under debt of around Rs 46,000 crore, decided to shut down its voice call services after it failed to close its wireless business merger deal with Aircel in the beginning of this month.
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Ever since the launch of Reliance communication, it has brought several changes in the telecom industry. We can not avoid the fact that Reliance was the company that introduced Free Incoming calls in India and Per paisa SMS tarrif which created a huge telecom war in the history. In 2007, the company rolled out handsets in India that cost around Rs. 777 and Rs. 888, shaving one-third entry-level handsets in the country.
It is really a bad news for the loyal customers of RCom as they have to port their existing mobile numbers to some other carrier network before 31st December to avoid disconnection of their service. Yes, I can see long lines in front of Jio outlets (most probably).
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