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Reliance Jio to hire 3,000 for retail, distribution

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MUMBAI: Reliance Jio Infocomm is looking to hire nearly 3,000 people at regional levels to set up its retail and distribution chain as the Reliance Industries unit gears up to launch its much-awaited fourth-generation telecom services next year. The company has been on a hiring spree earlier, too, but “this one is different”, a person familiar with the process told ET.

Earlier, it was hiring people with potential to plan and now it is recruiting people to execute the strategies, this person said, indicating that the company is in advanced stages of its plan to roll out services.

Jio Infocomm that got its first 4G licence along with airwaves in an auction in 2010 has been working on a go-to-market strategy for four years. The yet-to-be-launched 4G high-speed broadband services are backed by Rs 70,000 crore investment from Reliance Industries, including Rs 24,000 crore on airwaves.

It has spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in all 22 circles for providing telecom services and 1800 MHz band in 14 circles.

“As we begin to spread our geographical operations, hiring is an intrinsic part of our build process,” said a Reliance Jio spokesperson. “It is obvious given the shape and size of our business, we envisage that with our nationwide operations, we will be potentially employing a large number of people.”

Jio has already made some high-profile appointments in the lead-up to the rollout, which many expect to start in March. It recently hired Rainer Deutschmann, 42, from Deutsche Telekom to head major product and service innovations.

Two former Google executives have also joined Jio as part of efforts to build up a global team, with special accent on digital media. Neeraj Bansal joined some six months ago as chief marketing officer, mobility. He came in from Google Ireland, where he was head of sales for the Middle East North Africa & Adriatics.

Nikhil Rungta, a former country marketing head for India at Google, joined as Jio’s marketing head for its fixed-line business, which comprises hi-speed broadband, fiber to-the-home and digital services.

In the latest hiring round, preference is being given to employees of Aditya Birla Group’s Idea Cellular who are familiar with new operations and countering incumbents, the person cited earlier said. But Jio is looking at lateral hires from other existing operators as well, the person added. Idea Cellular offered services in only eight regions until 2008, and since then, has taken on established players such as Vodafone India and Bharti Airtel while expanding pan-India.

Vinay Razdan, chief HR officer at Idea Cellular, declined to comment on Jio’s hiring strategy, but said as a philosophy Idea Cellular favours cultural comfort over last-minute retention policies. “Even in the peak, when people were quitting after the 2008 period, we changed our policy from half-yearly promotions to annual ones, because we deliver our promise but believe the employees should also believe in Idea,” he said.

Jio’s HR wing is headed by Steve Correa, who has during his career also worked at Vodafone in the UK, giving him the knowledge of the sector and connections to reach out, the person cited earlier said.

Jio’s game plan is to launch services on the 2300 MHz band for enterprise customers by cabling as much of the way as possible and providing wireless only near the point it would be used. For retail customers, it is likely to launch services on the 1800 MHz band on a different 4G standard that is compatible with the existing 2G voice standard.

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