Mardikar’s appointment comes in the wake of the exit of Jagbir Singh, who had joined the company before the soft launch of 4G and quit in June this year. Mardikar most recently served Bharti Airtel as its chief technology officer for mobile networks for almost two years. He had been with the company since August 2012. He will be based in Mumbai and report to Mathew Oommen, who is the president of Jio and a member of the board of directors at the Mukesh Ambani-owned telecom operator. A query sent to Reliance Jio went unanswered, while Mardikar could not be reached for comment.
Jio is aggressively expanding its 4G LTE network for coverage and capacity in India as part of its bitter battle for subscribers with rivals Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel. It is deepening its coverage in existing areas to achieve 99% population coverage in the current financial year and plans to soon start work on 5G technology
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