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Download and Play! Reliance Jio brings famous Augmented Reality (AR) Game “Pokemon GO” in India

With this partnership, Reliance Digital Stores and select partner premises will appear as "PokeStops" or "Gyms" as shown in the "Pokemon GO" game

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Playing Pokemon Go one of augmented reality game. Pixabay

Mumbai, Dec 13, 2016: Ending the wait for millions of gaming lovers in India, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Jio) has brought the famous augmented reality (AR) game “Pokemon GO” to the country with Niantic, the US-based software company and developer of the gaming app.

Starting December 14, Jio customers will be able to download and play “Pokemon GO” without incurring data charges — like any other apps and content — till March 31, 2017, the company said in a statement.

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“It is exciting to see Pokemon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokemon and Jio’s disruptive, high speed 4G/LTE network will be an excellent way to experience the game,” said John Hanke, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Niantic, in a statement.

On JioChat, Jio’s social messaging app, Pokemon players will have access to an exclusive “Pokemon Go Channel” that will enable players to collaborate and be part of an exciting community with daily tips, contests, clues and special events.

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“Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pokemon GO app but also opens the door to more opportunities for our customers to enjoy content on Jio’s one-of-a-kind mobile broadband network,” added Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio.

The game uses the GPS capabilities of the device in conjunction with Google Maps to “place” creatures in real world locations, which you then try to find using your device as a guide.

Once you are in proximity to the “placed” creature, you then use your device’s camera to “view” the creature and try to “capture” it by throwing “Pokeballs” at it.

“With over 500 million downloads globally, we are excited to launch Pokemon GO officially in Indiaon the Reliance Jio network,” Oommen added. (IANS)

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Reliance Jio Leading Subscribe Market Share: Report

Jio leading, Bharti stable, Voda losing: CLSA report

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Reliance Jio’s 8-million strong subscriber additions, Airtel’s stable market share and Voda Idea losing customers is the sum of brokerage firm CLSA ‘s telecom sector outlook for February 2019, that projects Jio will lead the subscriber market share in the current year.

In its India Telecom report, CLSA said Indian mobile subscribers in February increased by 2 million to 1,184 million, with Reliance Jio adding 8 million, while Bharti Airtel subscribers remained flat and Vodafone Idea lost 6 million, month-on-month (m-o-m).

Over the past year, Jio’s active subscriber market share has gone up to 24 per cent, gaining 9 percentage points (ppts), Bharti has maintained its share at 32 per cent and Vodafone Idea lost 5 percentage point to fall to 37 per cent, CLSA said.

The number of 3G and 4G subscribers increased by 10 million to 532 million, the report added.

According to the report, mobile number portability (MNP) requests declined 10 per cent MoM and this, along with the increase in Jio’s subscribers in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal, could imply that a part of the dual-SIM users are shifting usage back to incumbent networks.

“With the India mobile being a three-player oligopoly and rising data adoption, we remain positive on Jio which will emerge as a leading telco in 2019, and also Bharti, given its strong market-share defence and inevitable turn in revenues,” CLSA said.

Subscriber market-share gains for Jio will continue, the report forecast.

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The m-o-m active subscriber base for the sector was flat as Jio’s gains were offset by MoM declines of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. The divergence between active and reported subscribers for Jio remains high at 16 per cent against four to eight per cent for Bharti and Vodafone Idea, the report stated.

It said the 3G/4G subscriber additions have now normalised on a monthly basis.

After rising sharply to 21 million in January this year, the 3G/4G subscriber additions normalised to 10 million, taking the 3G/4G subscriber base to 532 million.

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The subsribers of 3G and 4G now form 45 per cent of the reported industry mobile subscriber base, the report added.

“Of the 10 million additions, we estimate that 0.5 million additions were from smartphone users and remaining were JioPhone additions,” CLSA said.

According to the brokerage, Vodafone Idea added 0.4 million 3G/4G subscribers in February 2019. Over the past year, Bharti’s push on bundled plans helped the operator take its 3G/4G smartphone subscribers share to 24 per cent, gaining 3 ppts. (IANS)