Reliance Jio Closes Gap With Vodafone and Idea Cellular by Crossing 215 Million User Base

At the Reliance Industries 41st Annual General Meeting, Mukesh Ambani announced that its telecom arm, Reliance Jio has crossed 215 million user base mark in just 22 months after opening the services to the public. The subscriber base number is up to June 2018. At the end of March 2018, Jio had 186.6 million subscribers under its belt and it has added close to 30 million subscribers in the June quarter. With this new subscriber base number, Jio has closed the gap with Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, whose subscriber base is above 220 million at the end of April 2018. Vodafone India is losing subscribers on a good note, while Idea Cellular is adding subscribers on a massive number, better than Bharti Airtel and less than Jio.


Reliance Jio, which launched its telecom services back in September 2016 took the entire industry by surprise with its aggressive tariff plans and free services for nearly six months. Jio started charging its subscribers since April 2017, which resulted in the slowdown of subscriber growth, but it’s still way ahead of other telcos and any other telecom operator in the world.

Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries that the company has reached a point with its consumer business contributing as much as the petrochemical business.

He also revealed some statistics on Jio network. Ambani stated that the data growth has been impeccable in the last one year with growth from 125 crore GBs to 240 crore GBs per month. Also, voice usage on the network has increased from 250 crore minutes to 530 crore minutes per day. Coming to video consumption, Jio has recorded a growth of 50% from 165 crore hours per month to 240 crore hours per month.


Ambani also reaffirmed that Jio would achieve the target of 99% population coverage it set while launching the services. Reliance Jio has doubled its network capacity in the last 12 months. Furthermore, Ambani stated that the capacity utilisation is less than 20%, meaning, the telco can multiply its subscriber base without any additional investment.

Alongside these announcements, Jio also announced that it sold over 25 million units of JioPhones since the launch, which is also one of the reasons behind the strong subscriber addition on the network.

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All these days these sukers (Airtel, Vodafone, Idea ) were sucking blood from customers selling 1GB 2/3G Data for 450 Rupees time to bleed back to customers

Jagmohan Rattan
Jagmohan Rattan

I think speed has a lot to do with quality equipments used by any telecom operators. I still remember when Airtel 4G was launched in March 2015 in my city. The speed was in between 12 to 14 Mbps. Also at that time there are a few people have 4G compatible handsets so there was least 4G load. But now I am getting 44 to 49 Mbps from the same cell site in same 4G band. But in case of Jio one can see third class mimo antennas and also no proper tilting and cell management. The outcome of which… Read more »

Kaushik IMA
Kaushik IMA

It’s not really equipment, it’s the simple fact that the engineers employed by Samsung and Jio are not very experienced compared to those of AVOID.

Jagmohan Rattan
Jagmohan Rattan

i agree with your comment


And experience comes at a price.

Chetan Malhotra
Chetan Malhotra

There is a background on why Jio used in experienced college pass out for this job… Samsung was only providing product to Jio and not manage service like Nokia, erricson, Huawei does for Airtel idea and Vodafone in India. They sell products and provide network management services. Samsung said we don’t have service capability anywhere in the world for our telco customers. You can buy from us but we will not be able to help you on field.. Jio agreed and deployed inexperienced diploma holders on this job, few were picked as lateral hires like from Ericsson , Huawei as… Read more »

Kaushik IMA
Kaushik IMA

I know Chetan, my friend is one of those B.Tech passouts who got job from Jio on network rollout in collaboration with Samsung.

He is at least thankful that many like him got a state of the art, globally competitive skillset while working on this project, as most telcos would not risk it with freshers on such jobs.

There’s always plus and minus in everything and we should all remember that. 🙂

Girish Gowda | bengaLuru
Girish Gowda | bengaLuru

Nonsense. Airtel never had a quality connection either in 4G or 2G for calls.

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