Following the reclassification of mobile data users, RCom has reported that its mobile data subscribers have grown by 7.1% compared to the last quarter. The number of data users now stand at 28.6M. It was 26.7M data users in the last quarter after the reclassification.
As per the new classification, only the users who have consumed at least 1 MB of either 2G or 3G data will be considered as data users. The number of RCom’s data users prior to this new classification were 37.4M. According to this, Reliance Communications had 10.7M users in the last quarter who didn’t even use even a single mega byte of data. This reduction in its subscriber base might sound a lot, but those users didn’t have much effect on its network capacity and congestion.
3G Data Subscribers Grow By 8.33%
The number 3G Internet connections (reclassified) has also witnessed growth and now stands at 13M, up from 12M for the last quarter. Reliance Communications has reported that prior to the reclassification there were about 12.9M data subscribers in the last quarter. RCom has 3G coverage in 18 circles including the newly added circles of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and UP East. It offers 3G data services in these new circles via Inter Circle Roaming (ICR) agreements done in April, 2014.
2G Data Users And The Amount Of Served Data
The number of 2G Internet users have also grown by 6.12% and are now 15.6 million.
RCom notes that its data traffic rose by a whopping 78.1% when compared to the same quarter of the last year. They have also seen the data traffic grow by about 10% to 55.3 PB (peta byte) when compared to the previous quarter’s data consumption of 50.25 PB. This rise in data consumption is mainly due to the growing popularity of instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Hike, etc. in India.
The Number of Cell Sites Have Remained The Same
It is interesting to note that despite facing growth in its 3G subscriber count, Reliance Communications hasn’t installed any new cell sites (cellular towers). There are a total of 11,659 3G cell sites across 334 towns in India. This means that either the cellular towers were under-utilized, or Reliance Communications is still planning to add more towers for increasing its network coverage.
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