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Reliance Jio Tops in Terms of 4G Availability

Airtel's speed score for 4G LTE was 11.23, that of Vodafone was 9.13, as per the report. Jio registered a score of 7.11, while that of Idea was 7.02

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

Reliance Jio topped in terms of 4G availability among the telecom service providers with 98.8 per cent availability during the second half of 2018, an Ookla report said on Tuesday.

Jio was followed by Airtel with 90 per cent availability, said the report titled, “Analyzing India’s 4G Availability: Including a Look at the 15 Largest Cities”.

“At country-level, Jio shows an impressive 98.8 per cent 4G availability. That means that a Jio customer has access to LTE service at 98.8 per cent of surveyed locations. Airtel is second at 90.0 per cent, followed by Vodafone (84.6 per cent) and Idea (82.8 per cent),” it said.

Vodafone and Idea merged last August, but the brands continue to operate independently.

“If that (Vodafone Idea operations) were to change, we’d expect to see better general availability for all customers as the two brands’ coverage areas are complementary,” the report noted.

Reliance Jio. Source: www.reliancejio.website

In terms of speed, Airtel turned out to be the fastest mobile operator in India during the period under review, regardless of whether a customer was on LTE or not, said the Ookla report.

The ranking of the other operators does not change based on LTE use with Vodafone taking second fastest, Jio third and Idea fourth.

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Airtel’s speed score for 4G LTE was 11.23, that of Vodafone was 9.13, as per the report. Jio registered a score of 7.11, while that of Idea was 7.02.

“Until 5G is rolled out, LTE is the fastest connection type available to consumers. India shows us, however, that 4G availability does not automatically equate to fastest service. To compare which of India’s largest mobile operators is fastest, we have used Speed Score, a combined measure of download and upload speed that incorporates several tiers of performance,” the report added. (IANS)

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After Jio, Mukesh Ambani is Set to Take on Internet, Video Streaming Giants

"Every phone in India will be a 4G-enabled phone and every customer will have access to 4G connectivity," he added

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Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani who has disrupted the mobile telephony market with Reliance Jio, is set to take on Internet and video streaming giants like Google, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Spotify.

According to an article in the winter 2019 issue of Foreign Policy magazine, “the second stage of Ambani’s plan is more ambitious” after creating a mega base of 28 crore Jio subscribers with ultra-cheap data plans and sending rival telecom operators into a tizzy.

“Jio’s real competitors aren’t local cellular providers, such as Airtel or Vodafone India; instead, insiders say Ambani has long had his eyes set on competing with Google, Netflix, Spotify, and Facebook,” read the article.

Jio services now include attractive lifestyle products — a streaming TV service with hundreds of channels, a digital payments system, a music library, a health care app, a connected home system, a messaging platform.

“Each of these could reach Jio’s growing customer base in a multitude of Indian languages,” the article added.

Reliance Jio Infocomm last week reported a 65 per cent increase in its standalone net profit for the October-December 2018 period.

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

Its standalone net profit stood at Rs 831 crore in the third quarter of the financial year 2018-19, against Rs 504 crore reported in October-December 2017-18.

“The journey of Jio has been truly remarkable and has surpassed all expectations.

“The Jio family is now 280 million strong and growing on one of the world’s largest mobile data networks, in line with our vision of connecting everyone and everything, everywhere — always at the highest quality and the most affordable price,” said Ambani.

For Jio, average data consumption per user per month was 10.8GB and average voice consumption was recorded at 794 minutes per user per month.

Video consumption drove most of the usage, increasing to 460 crore hours per month and this is the next growth area Ambani has firmly set his eyes on.

According to a latest survey by global digital content delivery platform Limelight Networks, Indian viewers are now watching online video content for an average of eight hours 28 minutes each week, more than the time they spend viewing TV every week.

Mukesh Ambani.

The amount of time Indian viewers spend watching online videos is far higher than the global average of six hours and 45 minutes each week in 2018 which itself marks a 58 per cent rise from the 2016 figure.

Through online channels, Indian viewers largely watch movies, followed by news, TV shows and sports.

Asserting that the data is the “new oil and wealth” in the new world, Mukesh Ambani in his speech at the India Mobile Congress last October said that Reliance Jio’s broadband offering can place the country among the top three nations in fixed broadband from a low rank of 135 currently.

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Mukesh Ambani said that India can be transformed when people get “Pehla TV, pehla camera, pehla Internet and pehla Artificial Intelligence (AI) — at just Rs 100 per month”.

“Every phone in India will be a 4G-enabled phone and every customer will have access to 4G connectivity,” he added. (IANS)