Reliance Jio now has over 50 million users in India, says report

Reliance Jio Infocomm, the 4G entrant, has reportedly crossed 50 million subscriber mark, and is continuously growing its base to quickly touch the 100 million user bark before the fiscal year end. According to the Economic Times, the Mukesh Ambani-led telecom operator has crossed 50 million mark on November 26, 2016, and has been adding an average 6 lakh customers per day, having launched commercial operations on September 5.

The publication’s sources said that the telco is adding almost 1000 customers a minute, which is far more than the industry had expected.

“Credit Suisse in its last report had mentioned that Reliance Jio can reach 40 million by end of FY17 and other analyst firms had given way lower estimates. This is record of sorts,” a source was quoted as saying by the publication.

Reliance Jio has been offering free voice services bundled with 4 Gb data usage along with a host of content services till December 31, 2016. A number of reports have said that the telco may well extend the validity of this free service offer to March 31, 2017, to further expand the user base and to increase the stickiness of customers.


In a recent presentation, Jio said that 90-95% subscribers through Aadhaar based e-KYC across 4059 towns and cities. It added that Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh were the foremost states in adopting Jio services.

In a bid to enhance subscriber base in rural areas and tier 2 and 3 markets, Reliance Jio is also preparing to launch feature phones with 4G capability. Jio is reportedly looking at pricing these phones at Rs 999 and planning to bundle them with unlimited voice and video calling, besides digital content.

The company will offer the feature phones with Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology. It offers voice service using its IMS-based VoLTE technology through an all IP pan-India network.

Earlier today, another report by BloombergQuint had said that Reliance Jio has approached CCI to file a complaint against incumbent telcos — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular for acting as a cartel, thus jeopardizing Jio’s entry.

Jio has over time complained of high instances of call failures with other operators and blamed them for not providing adequate PoIs. Jio, which first acquired 4G spectrum in 2010, now has the highest quantum of 4G spectrum across the 800 MHz, 1,800 MHz and 2,300 MHz bands.

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November 30, 2016 2:18 pm 2:18 PM
Jio kept postponing their official launch date because even they were unsure of their technology and its implementation, They are now giving it for free because they know their quality of service they are offering now. If they start charging, i am damn sure majority will quit their network just because of pathetic QOS. People are here to enjoy the service for which they pay. They are least bothered of Jio interconnection issues with other operator orhigh volume of freeloaders ect etc. Jio has become Kejri Wall of telecom industries, only cribbing and putting the blame on other network without… Read more »
November 30, 2016 10:51 am 10:51 AM

actually jio give 2g 3g speed in name of 4g so its okay untill they gave free

November 29, 2016 9:10 pm 9:10 PM

If jio extend their free service upto march 2017, definitely they will reach their 100 million target

December 1, 2016 6:58 pm 6:58 PM

It won’t reach 100…. It will reach 70-80 in my opinion……. No one will use degraded quality…….

Kirti Khurana
December 1, 2016 10:01 pm 10:01 PM

i believe they’ll able to achieve 100 mn freeloaders but when they will start charging 90% will hesitate to keep up seeing the current situation if it continues further.

Deepak Vasudevan
November 29, 2016 6:30 pm 6:30 PM

Also jio is not supporting the toll free 000117 number. It is AT&T number from where you can use calling cards to dial out internationally.

November 29, 2016 12:04 pm 12:04 PM

Even i m getting 12 mbps in peak hours now since two days in sarigam (gujarat)Before that the speeds never crossed 2 mbps at the same location . May be the extra spectrum won in the last auction has been added into old spectrum & capacity has increased.

November 29, 2016 11:55 am 11:55 AM

Only on 4G to 4G comparison, Jio’s customer base is now five times that of Airtel (around 10 million subscribers); 17 times of Idea (3 million subscribers).

Jio is preferred choice for data as 2nd sim with many happy users using it as 1st

Avoid or non avoid are not 2nd sim choices aleast

November 29, 2016 1:28 pm 1:28 PM

Jio is providing free calls, so soon your second sim will automatically becomes sim 1 after some 3-6 months 🙂

Kirti Khurana
November 29, 2016 5:59 pm 5:59 PM

which free calls? are you talking about flop VoLTE?

November 29, 2016 9:53 pm 9:53 PM

Explain how it became flop??firstof all use a volte phone then comment

November 29, 2016 8:40 pm 8:40 PM

Flop only for you, google it an you will see many mobile companies are implementing it. And your beloved Airtel is also planning to implement your so called flop VoLTE.

Siddhant Bohra
November 29, 2016 7:57 pm 7:57 PM

Mrs…Kitni Baar samjhaaon….Volte depends upon the hardware….VOLTE rocks…..Let them open their centres…Then see
Your Airtel…Sucks….Only money….Useless piece of ****

Sutripta Roy (Kolkata)
November 29, 2016 1:03 pm 1:03 PM



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