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Steel city to get brighter, surf faster

Two mega companies strike a win-win deal, while residents get twin treats of light and speed.

A partnership between two corporate giants will usher in high-speed Internet connectivity and brighter lights at major roundabouts across Jamshedpur by year-end.

Tata Steel’s wholly owned subsidiary Jusco has entered into an understanding with Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL) — the telecom unit of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries — to set up mobile towers for 4G network at roundabouts. The same towers will also be used to fix high-mast lights and illuminate the chowks.

The deal was struck earlier this month. As part of the project, work near DBMS English High School began on Thursday.

RJIL sources said it would take about a week to install one tower.

RJIL officials said this was a strategic understanding, as the telecom major needed right locations to set up 30-35m high mobile towers to launch their 4G service in the state. Jusco, on their part, will use the same towers to set up high-mast lights as part of their roundabout beautification plan.

“We will have the required towers to install high-mast lights, replacing the conventional streetlights, at roundabouts as part of our beautification plan. It so happened that RJIL also wanted space to set up mobile towers. That’s how the deal was struck. Such towers will serve dual purpose,” said Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan.

Such towers would come up at 10 roundabouts in Tata Steel command areas during the first phase.

“The first set of towers will be installed at the roundabouts near DBMS English High School in BH Area, Kadma, and on the intersection of Kadma-Sonari Link Road and Kaiser Bungalows,” said a Jusco official.

This will be the first time that high-speed 4G services, both wireless and wired, will be launched in the state, which promises to offer customers an electrifying Internet browsing experience.

The state, so far, has only 3G and Enhanced Voice-Data Optimised (EVDO) mobile broadband services.

The 4G is the latest broadband technology that transfers data much faster.

A 4G network can provide Internet access at several times the speed of the existing 3G networks, enabling users to stream hi-definition videos stutter-free and download movies within minutes.