Reliance Jio plans to double network in coming months, subscribers cross 108 mnby opinion express May 1, 2017 0 comments
The Modi government is pushing for ‘Digital India” as its flagship scheme, the Reliance JIO becomes extremely vital component for its success. Nation of over billion people with over 100 crore mobile phones will need huge digital network to absorb its appetite of data streaming. Surely, the government through BSNL have limitation in terms of capital investment to invest in next generation technology. Reliance with its huge financial resources has the capability of investing in next generation 4G technology offering next generation services and products. India’s quest to develop it- self as knowledge economy largely is dependent on the digital infrastructure available in country and Reliance JIO can be the game changer to achieve the objective.
New telecom operator Reliance Jio plans to double its network size by adding 1 lakh additional mobile sites in coming months. The company said that in terms of data usage it “has be- come the largest network globally” and plans to add 1 lakh mobile sites in coming months to double the network size. “Jio continues its rapid ramp-up of subscriber base and as of March 31, 2017, there were 108.9 million subscribers on the network,” Reliance Jio said in a statement.
With more than 110 crore gigabyte of data traffic per month and 220 crore voice and video minutes a day, “Jio has 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. “Jio users are today consuming nearly as much data as on all the mobile networks in the US and 50 per cent more data than mobile networks in China in a clear indication that India will adopt digitization and Digital Life faster than anyone else in the world,” the statement said.
The Mukesh Ambani led telecom firm said that it is has built a future ready network which can easily deploy 5G. “As per TRAI MySpeed Portal, Jio’s average download speed at 15.0 Mbps in March 2017 is almost twice of any other operator…Jio has the world’s largest greenfield 4G LTE wireless broadband network, with over 100,000 mobile towers. And it will add another 100,000 towers to the network in the coming months,” the statement said. Besides, Jio has been expanding its fibre to the home (FTTH) business offering with beta trials initiated in a few locations.
“It would expand the scope of the beta trials over the next few months,” the statement said. The company launched its 4G service commercially on September 5, 2016 for free and 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. The company started charging for mobile services from April 1 where it is also offering a scheme, Jio Prime’.
Jio subscribers opting for Jio Prime are required to pay one-time plan fee of Rs 99 and then choose monthly rental plan starting 303. The company introduced another plan with monthly rental starting Rs 309 for Jio Prime members.
Here’s why reliance Jio is a Game Changer for India
As 4G data services make their way into Indian markets, top telecom operators are competing to claim the highest share in the business by attracting maximum consumers.
Here’s a look at what the platform with 4G Long Term Evolution(LTE) services is offering.
1. According to a report by Credit Suisse, Reliance Jio will give high speed 4G, with a top download speed of 70 mbps, which usually stays at 15 to 30 mbps. A full movie can be downloaded in 30 seconds with 70 mbps, while the same takes around three minutes at 15- 30 mbps.
2. Reliance will not just venture into 4G data services with Jio, but it also plans to introduce affordable 4G enabled devices, along with apps to work with the services offered.
3. Among other manufacturers, Intex and Huawei have tied up with Reliance, and will launch Jio compatible devices, which will be priced between 4000 to 25000.
4. Reliance Jio also comes with a voice call service called voice over LTE or voLTE, which will allow users to make calls over a faster network, and experience superior call quality and also faster video services.
5. Jio Chat will offer chat, voice and video calling, conferencing and allow consumers to share files and photos, as Reliance claims to have 1 million users for it already.
6. High speed data, digital commerce and payment services on offer through Jio will be priced between Rs 300 to Rs 500 a month.
7. A tie up with State Bank of India will mean that Jio Money will emerge as a digital money and payment portal, offering secure digital payment services.
8. With 2.5 lakh kilometres of fibre optic cables already laid, 18000 cities and one lakh villages will get access to Reliance Jio services, with an initial capacity to serve an excess of 100 million wireless broadband and 20 million fibre optic consumers initially.
9. Unlike competitors in the market, Jio will offer only 4G and will not revert to 3G or 2G services.
– OE News Bureau