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Reliance Jio User Base to Cross 400 Million Customers by March 2020

September 14, 2018

Reliance Jio, the telecom wing of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), is likely to attain a user base of more than 400 million customers by March 2020. Industry analysts have stated that this number will include almost 150 million JioPhone users due to a strong performance in rural markets. They have also stated that to cross-sell a blend of digital content services, telecom, and retail products, RIL may soon deploy an omni-channel strategy.

Views of CLSA

According to CLSA, formerly called Credit Lyonnais Security Asia, Reliance Jio’s projected 414 million user base in March 2020 would be equivalent to 45 percent of the Indian population and would represent the 14 to 80 years age group. In addition to this, the foreign brokerage company has also estimated that RIL’s retail and telecom businesses may contribute 80 percent to RIL’s consolidated earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) through the financial years 2018 to 2021.

CLSA also stated that the Kai-OS operating system, which is controlled by RIL and powers the JioPhone, might be utilized to open up advertisement revenue opportunities with higher customer engagement.

CLSA telecom analyst, Vikas Jain, stated that RIL may strengthen the e-commerce expansion of its established organized retail business in the upcoming months. This would help it acquire a larger customer base through its omni-channel fashion, grocery, and digital retail offerings.

The progress of Reliance JioPhone

Reliance Jio has stated that voice commands used on the JioPhone are surpassing those on smart-phones by nearly five times. Users of the 4G-enabled feature-phones are spending more time using the Internet and apps than smart-phone users do.

IIFL Institutional Equities stated that, in rural markets, JioPhone users spend hours watching videos daily, and data consumption may increase once the apps for YouTube and Facebook are available on the JioPhone.

Opinions of industry analysts and key players

Industry analysts expect Reliance Jio’s content apps, such as JioMusic, JioCinema, JioTV, JioMags, JioMoney, JioChat, and Saavn, to reap strong revenues for the company shortly. This is because Reliance Jio’s user base is already accustomed to using more than 10 GB per month. A likely increase in fixed-line broadband users of the JioGigaFiber service may also help in this regard.

Analysts believe that Reliance Jio’s 290 minutes-a-day of customer engagement, with the help of 150 million subscribers using the JioPhone, can be tapped to create sizeable revenue opportunities. Analysts also believe that Reliance Jio’s subscriber base will increase rapidly once WhatsApp becomes available on the feature-phones, which would happen by September 20, 2018. This may help the telecom company acquire more customers and a larger revenue share in the competitive market.

BNP Paribas stated that Reliance Jio is performing well, especially in rural markets. This is due to its affordable 4G services, which have good coverage, and the success of the JioPhone, which has sold nearly 25 million devices as of June 2018.

Summary: Reliance Jio’s user base is likely to cross 400 million customers by March 2020. This is due to a cross-selling omni-channel strategy, increased JioPhone usage in rural markets, and increased subscriptions for the JioGigaFiber service.

Reliance Jio Offers Complimentary 1 GB Data with Purchase of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate

September 7, 2018

Reliance Jio, the telecom wing of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), is now offering subscribers 1 GB free data if they have purchased a Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate. This offer is introduced in celebration of Reliance Jio’s second anniversary, which was on September 5, 2018. Subscribers can avail of the offer, which is valid till September 30, 2018, via the MyJio app.

Details of the free 1 GB data offer

To avail of the offer, subscribers must have an empty wrapper of a Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate. This chocolate is available for a price as low as INR 5. Other Cadbury chocolates, which can be used to avail of the offer, are Dairy Milk Roast Almond, Dairy Milk Crackle, Dairy Milk Lickables, and Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut.

How to avail of the free 1GB data offer

To avail of the Jio offer, subscribers need to visit the MyJio mobile app on their smart-phones.

On the MyJio app, subscribers must tap on a banner on the homescreen, which highlights the free data offer. The MyJio app will redirect them to another screen where the ‘Participate Now’ button must be tapped. Subscribers must then scan the barcode of the empty Dairy Milk chocolate wrapper. After this, the free data will be credited to the subscriber’s MyJio account within seven to eight working days from the date they have redeemed the offer

Terms and conditions of the free 1GB data offer

The free 1 GB of data is being offered as an additional benefit over and above the subscribers’ regular entitlement of data.

According to the terms and conditions of this new Reliance Jio offer, the free 1GB data can be availed of through Cadbury Dairy Milk wrappers that have varying costs of INR 5, INR 10, INR 20, INR 40, and INR 100.

However, if the original Dairy Milk chocolate is not -garners-more-than-16-million-subscribers/”>Reliance Jio subscribers have the option of availing the free 1 GB data on their own accounts or transferring the free data to another Reliance Jio contact. Moreover, only one empty Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate wrapper can be used to redeem free 1 GB data per registered Reliance Jio account.

Reliance Jio has also offered a third option to subscribers, wherein they may donate the free data to an NGO named Pratham Foundation. This will help facilitate e-learning in far-flung areas of India.

Summary: Reliance Jio offers subscribers free 1GB data with a purchase of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate. This is offered to celebrate the telecom company’s second year anniversary, which was on September 5, 2018.

Reliance Jio Announces the JioHealthHub App in India

August 10, 2018

Reliance Jio, the telecom wing of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), has announced a health and fitness app called JioHealthHub. The purpose of this app is to help users organize their health-related documents and reports in one place, which may later be shared with other people. To help expand its presence in the medical consultation space, Reliance Jio has entered into several partnerships with online platforms like iCliniq and Portea.

Details of the JioHealthHub app

The JioHealthHub app is listed on Reliance Jio’s Google Play listing. However, the app is not released yet. According to the online description, JioHealthHub is an app, which one may use to store medical data in the cloud. This data can be accessed from any location and on any device with secure credentials. This means users may carry electronic copies of their health-related documents with them at all times and dispense with laboratory reports, physical files, test film, and the like.

The company also has tie-ups with medical laboratories and hospitals, which will push medical reports to the JioHealthHub app automatically. The app also has a feature to store medical documents from non-partner hospitals within the app. To do this, users may click a picture of the reports with their smart-phones and store the image in the app.

Partnership with iCliniq

Reliance Jio has collaborated with iCliniq, a Coimbatore-based online doctor consultation platform. This is in an effort to help expand JioHealthHub’s presence in the medical consultation app arena. With the help of this partnership, Jio users will be able to consult various doctors across 60 specialties via chat on an instant basis. The offering is called #icliniq50hrs and will soon provide the facility of video chat as well.

Dhurv Suyamprakasam, the CEO of iCliniq, stated that JioHealthHub has major capabilities and Reliance Jio may transform the Indian healthcare market space with it.

Partnership with Portea

Reliance Jio has also partnered-up with Portea to introduce a home healthcare angle to JioHealthHub.

Opinions of industry sources

According to industry sources, JioHealthHub will add more providers across the fitness and healthcare areas to build its ‘360-degree’ healthcare platform. Industry sources have also stated that Reliance Jio can make a strong push into healthcare with its experience and cash reserves. This may make India’s online healthcare ecosystem a competitive and responsive market.

Vaibhav Agarwal, Partner at Lightspeed India, stated that technology companies face challenges of expenditure, scaling, trust, and distribution. He further stated that Reliance Jio’s entry into the healthcare ecosystem may help startups grow without having to face high expenditures. Agarwal added that Reliance Jio may introduce an open garden type of strategy, wherein different vendors may compete. Alternatively, the company may wish to have one preferred vendor.

Reliance Jio’s foray into other sectors

It is reported that Reliance Jio may also cover ground in several other sectors like content and education. Recently, the telecom company Jio secured a majority stake in Embibe, an online education platform.

Summary: Reliance Jio announces JioHealthHub, its new health and fitness app. The company has entered into several partnerships to expand the reach and usability of the app across India.

Reliance Jio Launches INR 594 Plan for Jio Subscribers

July 27, 2018

Reliance Jio, the telecom division of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), has introduced a special recharge plan for its customers as part of the JioPhone Monsoon Hungama offer. Under this new plan, which is valid for a period of six months, Jio subscribers can avail of unlimited calling and free 4G data. This is in addition to the two recharge plans already available under the Monsoon Hungama offer. After this introduction, Jio plans to launch JioPhone 2 next.

About the Monsoon Hungama offer

Under this offer, Reliance Jio is offering customers the JioPhone feature-phone, a 4G-enabled device. Customers can avail of this offer in exchange of their old feature phone, along with the payment of INR 501. This amount represents a refundable deposit that the customer can claim at the end of a three year period.

Once the customer has purchased the JioPhone they will need to subscribe to any one of Jio’s tariff plans. There are two of them. The first plan, which is priced at INR 49, offers 1GB of 4G data and unlimited calling. The second plan, priced at INR153, offers subscribers 1.5 GB of 4G data, 100 SMS per day, and unlimited calling. Both these plans have a validity period of 28 days and offer all the 4G services available on Reliance Jio’s network.

About Reliance Jio’s new INR 594 plan

To offers its customers a better 4G experience, Reliance Jio has launched a new tariff plan priced at INR 594, which is valid for a period of six months and offers unlimited calling and free 4G data. This new plan is the third tariff plan Jio has introduced under its Monsoon Hungama offer. With this, Jio aims to improve the quality and affordability of 4G services provided to its subscribers across India.

About the JioPhone 2

In an effort to enhance customer experience and satisfaction, Reliance Jio has planned to launch JioPhone 2, also a 4G-enabled feature-phone, at a price of INR 2,999. This will sport a QWERTY keypad, dual-sim capability, a 2000mAh battery, and a 2.4-inch QVGA display. Other specifications include a 4GB RAM that is expandable up to 128GB via a card slot, a VGA front-facing camera, and 2MP rear camera.

On the software front, the JioPhone 2 sports a KAI operating system and supports LTE Bands 3, 5, 40 as well as 2GB Band- 900/1800. Customers will enjoy a 150 Mbps download speed and a 50 Mbps upload speed as well. The feature phone also supports Voice-over-LTE and Voice over Wifi. Furthermore, it will also sport popular apps like Youtube, WhatsApp, and Facebook, among others.

With regard to connectivity, JioPhone 2 also comes with Global Positioning System (GPS), Bluetooth, Near-field Communication (NFC), and Frequency Modulation (FM).

The JioPhone 2 will be available to the country starting August 15, 2018, in celebration of Independence Day.

Summary

Reliance Jio has introduced a third tariff plan under its Monsoon Hungama offer. This is priced at INR 594 and is valid for six months. It is launched in an effort to make 4G technologies more enjoyable and affordable to Indian users.

All You Need to Know about the JioPhones and the Monsoon Hungama Offer

July 20, 2018

The telecom arm of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Reliance Jio recently announced the latest JioPhone Monsoon Hungama offer. The offer will be started from 21st July 2018. Under this offer, users may buy the JioPhone for an affordable price of INR 501 by exchanging their old feature phone.

JioPhone Monsoon Hungama offer

The offer is valid only on the JioPhone and not on the recently unveiled JioPhone2, which will be available from this Independence Day. The offer will start at 5:01 PM on 21st July 2018.

Once the users exchange their old feature phone, they will have to make a recharge of either INR 49 or INR 153 to avail of Reliance Jio’s 4G services on their JioPhone. The prepaid plan of INR 49 offers 1GB 4G data with unlimited voice calling and is valid for 28 days. On the other hand, the prepaid plan of INR 153 offers 1.5GB 4G data with unlimited voice calls and 100 SMS per day, which is also valid for 28 days.

Features of JioPhone
The JioPhone is packed with great specifications. It comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display along with an SD card slot. It also has FM Radio. Moreover, Reliance Jio will be adding NFC support to the device. The phone also entails a distress button. When the user presses this button, a message would be sent to the user’s loved ones if the user is in distress. The phone can also link the users Jan Dhan accounts and all other modes of secure payments.

Launch of JioPhone2

At the 41st annual general meeting (AGM) of RIL, the Chairman and Managing Director, Mukesh Ambani announced the launch of the new JioPhone 2. JioPhone2 is an enhanced version of its predecessor JioPhone. The JioPhone2 will be available for INR 2,999 and its sale will start from this Independence Day.

Features of JioPhone2
The latest JioPhone2 is equipped with 4GB ROM and 512MB RAM. The device supports SD card for expandable storage up to 128GB. JioPhone2 comes with a 2.4QVGA display. It also has a 2MP rear camera and front-facing VGA camera. Moreover, it supports LTE and VoLTE, dual-SIM, LTE, and VoWi-Fi. The device also supports FM Radio, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC. The phone comes with a smart feature that supports applications like WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube.

Under the Monsoon Hungama offer, the existing owners of the JioPhone can upgrade to JioPhone2 by simply paying INR 501.

Summary

Reliance Industries announced the JioPhone Monsoon Hungama offer where users may exchange their old feature phones and purchase the JioPhone at a price of INR 500. The company also launched the latest JioPhone2, which will be available from this Independence Day.

Reliance Jio to Launch 100 Gbps Submarine Network

June 30, 2017

Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has more than 100 million subscribers in India. It has announced the launch of its new submarine cable system linking Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1).

Geography of the submarine network

In a press statement, Reliance Jio has revealed that the AAE-1 is the longest 100 Gbps technology-based submarine system. This network will stretch over a distance of 25,000 km.

The cable system will be connected from Marseille in France to Hong Kong. It will have 21 cable landings spread across Europe and Asia. There will be Points of Presence (PoP) in Hong Kong and Singapore, and onward connectivity options in France, Italy, and Greece.

The cable will terminate in Singapore but will continue further into Asia taking a route through Thailand and connecting Vietnam, Cambodia, and Hong Kong.

Features of the network

The President of Reliance Jio, Mathew Oommen said that this network has terabit capacity as well as 100 Gbps direct connectivity, which will enable Jio to connect with global content hubs and interconnection points. He further stated that taking this step will ensure Jio continues to offer its customers exceptional high-speed Internet and digital services.

The AAE-1 will connect with other cable systems and fiber networks in order to deliver direct and uninterrupted access to global markets.

Jio has claimed that the design and route of the AAE-1 will ensure least amount of latency between the Middle East, Europe, Hong Kong, and India. The AAE-1 cable system will work on 100 Gbps transmission technology and will boast of a minimum design capacity of 40 Tbps.

AAE-1 cable system

According to Jio, the AAE-1 project will be done in coordination with other telecom providers from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia in order to have a quality and extensive cable network.

The company said that the new cable system will be transiting between several critical hubs and connection points that lie far away from each other. One of the best things about this cable system according to Jio is that it will help deal with the rapidly increasing demand for data bandwidth for videos, offering support to all types of applications, content, and communications. Apart from this, Jio also stated that the bandwidth has been growing exponentially in India, especially after the company entered into the telecom market.

Role of Reliance Jio

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio will provide the Network Operations & Management for the AAE-1 cable system. The network will enhance the state-of-the-art facility in Navi Mumbai.

Mathew Oommen has shared that Jio is excited to participate in the launch of this network and to deliver the cable landing in Mumbai.  He also shared that it is a great time to undertake a project like this because India’s data traffic is continuing its accelerated data consumption and growth.

Summary

Reliance Jio is going to launch a submarine network which will connect Asia, Africa, and Europe. It is the longest network of its kind based on 100 Gbps technology.