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“Reliance Jio crosses 100 million customer mark in just 170 days,” says Ambani

Ambani said by the end of 2017, 99 percent of the country's population will be covered by the network with its presence in nearly all cities, towns and villages

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Mumbai, Feb 21, 2017: Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday said Reliance Jio has crossed the 100 million customer mark since its launch on September 5.

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“Jio was launched on September 5 last year. In only 170 days we have crossed the 100 million customer mark. This achievement is of India and Indians,” Ambani told the media.

He said that on an average Jio added seven customers on its network every second.

“This is an unprecedented level of acceptance of any technology company anywhere in the world.”

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Ambani said that prior to the launch of Reliance Jio, India was ranked 150th in terms of data penetration. It was now at number one.

“Last month Jio users have consumed 100 crore gigabytes of data. India is number one today in terms of mobile data usage.”

Ambani said by the end of 2017, 99 percent of the country’s population will be covered by the network with its presence in nearly all cities, towns and villages.

He pointed out that the company has doubled its 4G stations as compared to its competitors.

Announcing free user benefits for another 12 months under a cost-effective membership plan, Jio’s latest offerings are expected to stiffen the competition further in the telecom sector.

“Under Jio prime membership plan, the users can become members for a full year for a nominal one-time fee of Rs 99. Enrolment will start from March 1 and will remain open till March 31. They would continue enjoying the unlimited benefits for another 12 months,” he said.

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Post-March 2018, Jio prime members would be able to avail the same benefits for another year at Rs 303 per month tariff plan, he added.

Apart from that, he said the company will start offering tariff plans starting April 1 for people who do not opt for the prime membership plan.

“We will start offering tariff plans starting April 1. Calls to all networks, roaming will remain free after April 1,” he added.

Ambani also vowed to match the tariff data plans of its competitors with 20 percent more data. (IANS)

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Airtel Provides Fastest Download Speed: Report

The survey took into account Vodafone and Idea as separate entities despite the recent merger, as the two were operating as separate consumer brands when the survey was conducted, it said

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Bharti Airtel provided the fastest download speed during June-August, while Reliance Jio topped in terms of 4G availability, an Open Signal report said on Thursday.

Open Signal specialises in mapping telecom networks and their service quality.

The average download speed of Airtel was 7.53 Mbps (megabits per second), followed by Jio in the second place with 5.47 Mbps, it said.

“Airtel dominated our Download Speed Experience regional awards, coming top in 16 circles and drawing (equal) in two others,” the report said.

The survey showed that Jio, the latest entrant in the Indian telecommunications markets, was the best in terms of 4G network in the country.

Jio has managed to achieve an availability score of over 95 per cent in all of India’s regions, said the Open Signal’s report titled Mobile Network Experience Report India.

“Jio continues to grow from 96.4 per cent to 96.7 per cent in our analysis, particularly remarkable in a relatively new LTE market like India,” it noted.

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Airtel tops download speed, Jio leads in 4G availability: Report. (Wikimedia Commons)

In the second spot for 4G availability was Airtel with a score of 73.99 per cent.

In terms of upload speed, the report showed that Idea topped among the service providers with an average speed of 2.88 Mbps, followed by Vodafone with 2.31 Mbps.

Reliance Jio also topped on latency experience at 72.20 per cent, the least among the operators, followed by Vodafone which recorded 80.42 per cent latency during July-August.

Latency in computing and data connectivity refers to the delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction for its transfer.

The survey took into account Vodafone and Idea as separate entities despite the recent merger, as the two were operating as separate consumer brands when the survey was conducted, it said.

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The report also observed that the price war that started with the entry of Jio may shortly come to an end as operators would “move towards the tiered paid data models familiar in the rest of the mobile world’.

“As the price war begins to subside in this maturing market, India’s operators should have more breathing space to focus on other ways to differentiate such as service quality and bundling, as opposed to a race to the bottom on price,” the report said. (IANS)