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Exodus at Reliance Jio continues, Fixed-Line President Vijay Jain quits

At Jio, Jain was looking after the roll out of Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) that will complement the largest LTE rollout in India.

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2016, 04.59 PM IST
NEW DELHI: Vijay Jain, President and Business head –Fixed Line of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio, has stepped down from the position after a stint of around two years, people familiar with the development told ET, joining other top-level executives across functions who have the quit the 4G entrant in last few months.

At Jio, Jain was looking after the roll out of Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) that will complement the largest LTE rollout in India.

“Jain was also involved in the rolling out of Wi-Fi networks for the telecom operator across the country. He equipped around 1200 colleges in the country with Jio Wi-Fi,” a person said, adding that Jain also helped connect a number of homes with Jio’s 1 Gigabyte per second wireline service in some cities on trial basis.

Another person said that Jain has now joined the advisory board of a west coast company, and he is currently working on his ecommerce startup, which will work in the government space.

Jain declined to comment on the development. A query sent to Jio didn’t elicit any response.

The Mukesh Ambani-led telco recently commenced its JioFiber trials in Chennai and has started inviting residents of societies to participate in its fiber home broadband tests. It is currently running pilots of this service in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi, and will launch this service commercially next year.

Jio is rolling out a fiber to home wireline network in select cities to offer customers internet speeds of up to 1Gbps, and is likely to launch the services in various metro cities starting with Mumbai and Delhi, ET earlier reported.

Jio’s plan is to progressively extend this network to to top 100 cities in India. The 4G entrant will also extend this optical fiber network to enterprise locations and will provide multi-gigabit per second enterprise-grade wireline data connections to enterprises in these cities.

Wireline and Wi-Fi rollouts are currently not the prime focus for Jio, as it is working extensively on the core cellular 4G network to ensure better speeds and customer services, a second person said.

Jio, which kicked off commercial voice and data services in September, has seen some other high-profile exits as well. The telco’s senior vice president on customer experience, Mitchell Windsor; Rammohan Sunderam – senior vice president of Digital Marketing; and Nitin Bhandari Vice President – Digital Payments Business left the telecom company in quick successions.

The telecom operator has already lost key executives like Pradeep Shrivastava, who was serving as the chief marketing officer; chief digital marketing officer, senior vice president digital channels, Martijn de Jong,chief cloud architect Soren L Hansen, assistant vice president - data science & analytics of cloud engineering Hari Charan Rao, assistant vice president - security operations Maya R Nair and Pawan S Yadav, business head of public Wi-Fi, have also left the company in quick succession.

In June, Amitabh Jaipuria, who managed Jio’s mobility business, had also resigned.
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