Moving swiftly towards its 100 million subscriber mark, Reliance Jio’s subscriber base has reached a new height of 24 million.
According to a RIL presentation, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh are the top 2 telecom circles for Jio having 1.5 million and 1.2 million subscribers respectively, by the end of September. It is worth noting that Jio announced reaching 16 million subscribers by the end of September, and now it has managed to add another 8 million subscribers within a month.
By 30 September, Jio had 1.1 users in Tamil Nadu, while Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Bihar have 1 million Jio subscribers each. MP, UP East, UP West have 0.9 million subscribers each.
On the other hand, Punjab had 0.8 million subscribers, which was followed by Delhi and Haryana each having 0.7 million subscribers. Mumbai, Orissa, Kolkata, and Kerala had 0.6 million Jio users.
Jio network spans across 18,000 cities and 2 lakh villages covering over 70% of India’s population. The company plans to extend its coverage to 90% of the population by the next year.
The telecom operator also claimed to be adding 90-95% of its subscribers via Aadhar-based eKYC across 4,059 towns and cities.
Jio Expected To Extend Welcome Offer Till March 2017
According to latest reports, Reliance Jio might want to extend its ‘Welcome Offer’ up to March 2017 as the company is aggressively planning to meet its target of 100 million subscribers.
“Mass scale free welcome offer could continue until March 2017 to attract subscriber growth towards the celebrated 100 million mark with RJio’s indicative data pricing at Rs 130-140 per gigabyte (GB),” said Motiwal Oswal Analysts.
It is worth noting that Jio has earlier announced that it might extend the ‘Welcome Offer’ past 31 December if it is not satisfied with its 4G services.
Currently, as we all know, the voice calling and data experience on Jio network is not as smooth and seamless as we expected to be due to various reasons like network congestion, slow internet speed, insufficient PoI, etc.
Also a few days back, TRAI ordered Jio to end its promotional offer on 3 December 2016. However, those who would get the Jio SIM on or before 3 December would continue to get the benefit of the Welcome Offer till 31 December.
“If the situation with the points of interconnect pertaining to voice calls persists with the incumbents, then they will look at innovative solutions to ensure that users do not pay unless the quality of service improves,” said Citi Research analysts.
If that is the case then Jio will extend the Welcome Offer well beyond 31 December, in my opinion.
Jio had also announced that it might revise its tariff plans post its 31 December launch, and we are looking forward to that.