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Reliance Jio Adds 85 Lakh Subscribers in December; Airtel, Vodafone Idea Lose Users

The total subscriber base of Airtel was 34.03 crore, down 15.01 lakh from November, the data showed

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Jio services now include attractive lifestyle products as well. (Wikimedia Commons)

Reliance Jio continued to increase its subscriber base in December as other major telecom operators Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel lost users during the period, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed on Wednesday.

Reliance Jio added 85.6 lakh subscribers during the month under review, taking its total subscriber base to 28.01 crore.

“Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased from 1,171.76 million (117.17 crore) at the end of November 2018 to 1,176.00 million (117.6 crore) at the end of December 2018, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.36 per cent,” TRAI said in a statement.

Reliance Jio. Source: www.reliancejio.website

Vodafone Idea, the largest telecom operator in terms of subscribers, lost around 23.32 lakh subscriptions and its base by December-end stood at 41.87 crore.

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The total subscriber base of Airtel was 34.03 crore, down 15.01 lakh from November, the data showed.

On region-wise subscription trend, TRAI said that “during the month of December 2018, all service areas except the northeast, showed positive monthly growth in their wireless subscribers”. (IANS)

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Bharti Airtel Comes up with New Tariff Plans for its Mobile Customers

The current yearly plan worth Rs 1,699 would be charged Rs 2,398, among other rate hikes

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Bharti Airtel's office. Wikimedia Commons

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Sunday came out with revised tariff plans for its mobile customers, which would come into effect from December 3.

The announcement has come amid an adverse Supreme Court ruling on adjusted gross revenue (AGR). In November, both Airtel and Vodafone Idea had announced to raise tariffs in December.

Post the revisions, the current Rs 129 pack for 28 days with unlimited calling, 300 SMS, and 2GB data will cost Rs 148, an Airtel statement said.

Similarly, the plans worth Rs 169 and Rs 199 for 28 days have been merged and a new pack of Rs 248 has been created which would offer the same benefits as the former two, with unlimited calling, 100 SMS per day and 1.5GB data per day.

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There will be zero subscription charge for Airtel users with unlimited streaming and downloads, the company said. Wikimedia Commons

The Rs 249 worth pack which offered unlimited calls, 100 SMS and 2GB data per day would cost Rs 298, said the statement. Packs which currently cost Rs 448 and 499 for 82 days would now cost Rs 598 and Rs 698 for 84 days.

The current yearly plan worth Rs 1,699 would be charged Rs 2,398, among other rate hikes.

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“Airtel’s new plans, represent tariff increases in the range of a mere 50 paise/day to Rs 2.85/day and offer generous data and calling benefits. In addition, Airtel provides exclusive benefits as part of the Airtel Thanks platform, which enables access to premium content from Airtel Xstream (10,000 movies, exclusive shows, and 400 TV channels), Wynk Music, device protection, anti-virus protection and much more,” it said. (IANS)