In the first week of 2016 itself the operator has imported 4,35,000 new sims from China at a cost of Rs. 93,92,846 which comes up to Rs.22 per sim in accordance with the data published by an import tracking website, Zauba.com
These are 3 in 1 SIM cards which can be used as Mini, Micro or Nano sim card as per the requirement of the 4G handset. China is the supplier for sim cards while France and Germany are suppliers for the network equipments.
Delhi Air Cargo accounted for 60% of imports followed by Bombay Air Cargo and Bangalore Air Cargo which account for 39.9% and 0.1% of imports respectively.
The import of equipment including SIM cards reduced from October to November to December 2015 before peaking again in January 2016. The import of sim cards in bulk is suggestive of the nearing of commercial launch date. Jio may roll out services in a phased manner covering Metros first and later expanding its Pan India footprint.
Inputs: Chirpy Cow