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Reliance JIO Won Race For The Most Subscribers; Airtel, VIL Lose

Reliance Jio continued its onward march in July adding the highest number of subscribers during the month, while, Airtel and Vodafone Idea eroded

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Jio added 85.39 lakh customers in July to take its total subscriber base to 33.97 crore. Wikimedia Commons

Reliance Jio continued its onward march in July adding the highest number of subscribers during the month, while the other major market players, Airtel and Vodafone Idea eroded their subscriber base.

Jio added 85.39 lakh customers in July to take its total subscriber base to 33.97 crore, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said on Wednesday.

Vodafone Idea, the largest telecom operator in terms of subscribers and revenue, lost 33.90 lakh subscribers and its total tally at the end of July stood at just over 38 crore.

Bharti Airtel lost 25.8 lakh subscription to pull its subscriber base down to 32.85 crore, the data showed.

State-run BSNL, however, added 2.88 lakh users in July, taking its total base to 11.64 crore. Total number of wireless subscribers stood at 116.83 crore with a net addition of 28.53 lakh users, the TRAI data showed.

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Monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were 0.40 per cent and 0.05 per cent respectively. Wikimedia Commons

“Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased from 1,165.46 million at the end of June 2019 to 1,168.31 million at the end of July 2019, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.24 per cent.

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“Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 657.27 million at the end of June 2019 to 659.87 million at the end of July 2019 and wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 508.19 million at the end of June 2019 to 508.45 million at the end of July 2019,” it said.

Monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were 0.40 per cent and 0.05 per cent respectively. (IANS)

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Reliance Jio Introduces Voice and Video Calling Over Wi-Fi Service

Jio launches voice & video Wifi calling

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Reliance Jio announced the availability of nation-wide Voice and Video over Wi-Fi service. Pixabay

Taking on Airtel, Reliance Jio on Wednesday announced the availability of nation-wide Voice and Video over Wi-Fi service which will work on any Wi-Fi, anywhere in India and supports over 150 handset models.

The service makes crystal-clear voice and video calls through Wi-Fi at no additional cost.

“To further reinforce its customer-obsession and offer the best products and experience to its consumers, Jio today announced the launch of nation-wide Voice and Video over Wi-Fi service. Jio has been testing this service over the past few months, to provide a robust experience to every customer at launch,” the company said.

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The service makes crystal-clear voice and video calls through Wi-Fi at no additional cost. Pixabay

The key differentiators that come with Jio Wi-Fi Calling are, Jio said, are that customers can use any Wi-Fi network for Jio Wi-Fi-calling and the voice and video calls will seamlessly switch-over between VoLTE and Wi-Fi to provide an enhanced voice/video-calling experience.

“Jio Wi-Fi calling works on the largest ecosystem of handsets. Jio customers can also make Video over Wi-Fi calls And all of this comes at no additional cost!” it said.

On the launch of this service, Jio Director Akash Ambani said: “At Jio, we are constantly innovating to enhance customer experience or solve their problems. At this juncture, when an average Jio consumer uses over 900 minutes of voice calls every month, and at a growing base of consumers, the launch of Jio Wi-Fi Calling will further enhance every Jio consumer’s voice-calling experience, which is already a benchmark for the industry with India’s-first all VoLTE network.”

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To enable Jio Wi-Fi Calling, a step-by-step guide has been made available on Jio.com/wificalling and Jio Wi-Fi Calling will be enabled pan-India between January 7 and 16, 2020, it said. (IANS)