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Jio subscriber base jumps to 108.9 mn; FTTH trial begins in few locations

MUMBAI: Continuing to ramp up its subscriber base, Reliance Jio Infocomm, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), increased its subscriber base to 108.9 million until 31 March.

Having launched its services on 5 September 2016, Jio had crossed 50 million subscribers in just 83 days, and 100 million in 170 days, adding at an average rate of 6 lakh subscribers per day.

Jio, which is also planning to provide fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband service, has started beta trials initiated in a few locations. It would expand the scope of the beta trials over the next few months.

The FTTH pilot is running in some cities including Delhi and Mumbai. The service will be bundled with JioMedia share device, smart set-top box, routers and Power Line Communication (PLC) devices.

The company claimed to have become the largest network globally in terms of data carried and contributed to India, becoming the leading country in the world for mobile data usage with more than 110 crore GB of data traffic per month and 220 crore voice and video minutes a day.

It further stated that Jio users are consuming nearly as much data as on all the mobile networks in the USA and 50% more data than mobile networks in China, in a clear indication that India will adopt digitisation and digital life faster than any other country in the world.

“On Jio’s network, peak simultaneous video streams seen on a daily basis are more than double of that seen at the Super Bowl event in the USA. This is indicative of the strength of the network being delivered by Jio. In terms of network speeds, reports by TRAI’s speed analytics portal and other independent agencies have qualified Jio’s data speed as the best in the industry on an ongoing basis,” the company said.

With over 100,000 mobile towers, Jio is planning to add another 100,000 towers to the network in the coming months. Jio is the only operator which has deployed pan-India LTE network across the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2300MHz bands, giving it tremendous capacity advantage.

During the quarter, Jio announced the Jio Prime Membership for its initial customers. Jio Prime members would enjoy unlimited benefits at a great value, along with host of other benefits for a nominal, one-time enrolment fee of Rs 99.

Within a month of announcing the Jio Prime Offer, over 72 million Jio customers signed up for Jio Prime, making it one of the most successful customer privilege programmes anywhere in the world.

The plans start with Rs 309 All Unlimited Plan, which provides unlimited SMS, calling and data (1GB per day at 4G speed) for three months on first recharge. The company also announced the Rs 509 All Unlimited Plan for daily high data users offering unlimited SMS, calling and data (2GB per day at 4G speed) for three months on first recharge.

During the quarter, Jio continued to solve its interconnection congestion issues with the leading telecom operators. There has been noteworthy improvement in local access in recent weeks. While NLD interconnection remains an issue in some service areas, Jio is committed to solving this at the earliest and hopes for co-operation from the other operators.

Jio has also started home delivery of SIM, which has seen massive uptake. Jio’s bouquet of applications has also seen growing usage in the last quarter.

Mobile number portability (MNP), which allows consumers to retain their existing mobile number when they switch to Jio, is available for all consumers. Lakhs of consumers have already used this facility. For international travellers, Jio’s international roaming service is now available across the world, with the best voice and data rates in the industry.