Jio Plans to Extend its Network Capacity with an Investment Worth Rs. 30,000 Crore

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio has made it to the list of India’s top telecom operators within a few months of its launch. It has not only delivered quality services but also managed to surpass industry standards with its massive subscriber base. The operator intends to keep up its performance by improving its network capacity and expanding coverage. For this, Reliance Jio will be investing a whopping Rs. 30,000 crore. This new investment will make the total investment towards Jio Rs. 1.9 lakh crore.

Investment to develop infrastructure

In a rights issue notice that Jio announced for its existing shareholders, the telecom operator stated that since Jio received a highly positive response to its 4G services it would be beneficial to invest further towards the development of the brand. According to the company, the large-scale demand for 4G services in India is also one of the main reasons to improve Jio’s infrastructure through investments.  Jio added that the finance for the same will be acquired through an equity offering to strengthen the company’s balance sheet. As per the notice, Jio’s board of directors will be making a rights issue worth Rs. 6 billion.

Jio’s subscriber base to increase – JP Morgan

According to an analysis by JP Morgan, Jio will witness steady development in the upcoming months, with its subscriber base set to increase towards the end of FY17. The brand launched its services with the welcome offer that provided customers with unlimited data and app services for three months. This managed to help Jio draw a large number of users to its network. After this promotional deal expired in December 2016, the telecom operator introduced the Jio Happy New Year Offer, which allows users to continue enjoying the free data services and premium applications until 31st March 2017. The company aims to expand its reach and garner close to 100 million customers by the time the Jio Happy New Year Offer ends. The telecom operator has already secured 72.4 million users and as per JP Morgan, the brand is not far from attaining its 100-million target.

Jio’s services

After the free offer ends, customers may opt for any of Jio’s affordable data plans. Customers could select monthly plans like the Rs. 149 package or the Rs. 499 package. Depending on budget preferences, users are free to choose from different plans. The report by JP Morgan revealed that Jio’s free data offerings and affordable tariff plans have led incumbent operators to reduce their data prices as well. The report by JP Morgan stated that Jio’s future growth is also dependent on the number of users who decide to become paid subscribers even after the free offer ends. A recent survey conducted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch revealed that around 85% users will most likely continue as paid customers on the Jio network.

Summary

Reliance Jio will invest an additional Rs. 30,000 crore towards expansion of its network infrastructure.

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