Reliance Jio’s Subscriber Base Touches 160 Million in India: Akash Ambani

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio’s subscriber base has touched 160 million in 15 months of after the 4G entrant launched services in the telecom market with aggressive voice and data offerings. The new milestone was made public by Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani during an interaction with Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan at the RIL40 event held in Mumbai recently.

Reliance Jio 160 Million in India
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India’s mobile subscriber base stands at over 1.1 billion, second after China. Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea Cellular are the top three operators in India.

Bharti Airtel had 285 million mobile subscribers in October, while Vodafone had 208 million subscribers, followed by Idea Cellular (191 million), and Reliance Jio (145.9 million).

Reliance Jio, which launched services officially in September 2016, disrupted the Indian telecom market with a six-month promotional offer of free voice and data that helped it garner 100 million users in a quick time. To be precise, Reliance Jio touched the 100 million subscriber base in just 172 days after opening the services to the public. Jio’s free offers triggered a price war in the market, resulting in losses for top telcos like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and RCom.

Jio is now preparing to disrupt the country’s fixed-line broadband space and is planning to launch of its high-speed fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband service early next year. It is currently working aggressively to expand its optic fiber network in the country to target 50 million households in the first phase of roll out.

The telecom operator’s ultimate plan is to target 100 million households across these cities with its FTTH service, which it will bundle with IPTV service, called Reliance Jio DTH.

The Mukesh Ambani-led telecom operator, which is currently running beta trials for its FTTH service in around ten cities, including Mumbai, Delhi and some cities in Gujarat, is planning to launch the commercial services in more than 30 cities early next year. The telecom operator will also bundle its IPTV service with the fixed broadband service.

2018 would be the year Jio will be aiming to become the leading operator in all the three formats- mobile broadband, fixed line broadband, and DTH.

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Sunny | Lucknow
Sunny | Lucknow

Jio is excellent at my place but not at my aunt’s apartment in a different locality. She and her family were keen on using Jio services but speeds were quite bad. I Had raised a complaint couple of months back around Diwali time and was happy to see that a monopole has come up in their area few days back. Pretty sure it’ll be operational within a week. So they actually do respond. Installing a tower is not easy like making popcorn so people must remain patient. If you’re in a decently populated area, they will install a tower sooner… Read more »


Tower is not mandatory every where for coverage issue, even a small cell can resolve the issue when it comes to less populated area. Small cell has microwave back haul so fiber Connectivity is not required.

But Jio people are not implemented small cells for houses yet..they can double customer base with these facilities..

Sunny | Lucknow
Sunny | Lucknow

Well a small cell has to link to the main tower so it’s not that it can solve the problem on its own if the main tower is fully loaded. Small cell will only help if only the range has to be extended or OFC connectivity is provided.

Vishal Chennai
Vishal Chennai

Complaining for more than a year. They added additional sectors and telling 90days story for every complaint . Additional sectors didn’t improve the coverage.

Sunny | Lucknow
Sunny | Lucknow

Well some people will always be left out because they set up towers only after checking the revenue feasibility. They obviously set up the tower promptly in the mentioned area because there are a lot of users there.

Vishal Chennai
Vishal Chennai

Complaining for for more than a year still they’re tell wait for 90 days to install a new tower.


Jio services seem to work well in some areas, and can be still unreliable in others. Maybe Jio need to publish network, call and data connection quality parameters in major markets. Dare competition to do the same, to generate confidence in people that Jio is more reliable than an Airtel or Vodafone phone. Of course, it also means any network weaknesses will become visible and Jio will need to correct these quickly. High ARPU users still shy away from Jio in the top mobile circles in India. It is important to kill this impression of ‘cheap but unreliable’ to become… Read more »


Their most of the towers are 97% loaded as told my friend working at Jio Centre. There is some equipment supply issue after GST effecting new tower installation/capacity expansion which has been solved recently. Also Delhi is the most affected state as told by him.

Girish Gowda
Girish Gowda

From here to 200 million subscribers will still be slow because there are only so many 4G smartphones in the country and almost all of them have already used Jio at one point of time. The new phone purchasers are the only hope for Jio now.

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