Reliance Jio Breaking Records with its Download Speed and Subscriber Base

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio recently hit its highest speed ever in terms of download with its 4G data. The company has also added a significant number of users, even after its switch from free to paid services.

Reliance Jio’s 4G speed

In May, Reliance Jio’s 4G download speed reached an all-time high of 19.123 Mbps. This data was collected by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) via its MySpeed application.

Reliance Jio had topped the speed charts in December 2016 with 18.146 Mbps, but in January 2017, the speed was lower. However, from the next month of February till May, Reliance Jio has been at the top in terms of average 4G download speeds.

The average download speed was 17.427 Mbps in February, 16.487 Mbps in March, and, 18.487 Mbps in April. All of these speeds were computed by TRAI via the MySpeed application on a real-time basis.

Reliance Jio in the telecom market

When Reliance Jio was first launched in September 2016, the service was free for the initial six months. It entered the market with a ‘Welcome’ offer which was valid for a period of more than three months. After the expiration of this offer on 31st December 2016, the company introduced the ‘Happy New Year’ offer extending the free services for another three months. The company started charging for its services from April 2017. Even after the switch, Reliance Jio added more subscribers.

A report released by TRAI, titled ‘Highlights of Telecom Subscription Data’, stated that Reliance Jio added 3.9 million new users in April 2017. Its subscriber base has now touched a milestone of 112.55 million.

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is credited with implementing the largest migration from free to paid telecom services in the world in a limited period of time. The company was able to do this because it ensured a smooth migration by putting in place plans that were simple, affordable, and regulatory compliant. The tariff of Reliance Jio’s 4G data services is at around INR 10 for a day.

The recent TRAI report also stated that the majority of the telecom subscribers use the services of top five service providers. As on 30th April 2017, 88.04 percent market share was controlled by the major five players. Reliance Jio was the highest among them with its 112.55 million subscribers.

Indian telecom sector

In India, the total number of telecom subscribers reached 1,198.89 million by April 2017 end. This is an increase of approximately 4 million from 1,194.58 million in March 2017 end, registering a monthly growth rate of 0.36 percent.

The TRAI report also stated that the total wireless subscribers, which includes GSM, CDMA, and LTE users; have seen an increase of 4.42 million. There were 1,170.18 million subscribers during the close of March 2017 and 1,174.60 million during the close of April 2017. The growth rate registered was 0.38 percent per month.

Summary

Reliance Jio recorded the highest download speed of 19.123 Mbps in May 2017 and reached new heights in terms of subscribers with 112.55 million.

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