Reliance Jio has crossed 50 million user mark, becoming India‘s top carrier by mobile broadband clients base, according to a report.
The company which had declared a goal of one hundred million users by the end of the fiscal year has impressively crossed the half way mark in less than three months of official launch. Notably, Bharti Airtel had 41 million 3G and 4G customers as of September 30.
With respect to 50 million user base, Airtel achieved the same milestone in 12 years while Vodafone and Idea took 13 years each. Moreover, this also implies that the subscriber base of Jio has already reached one-fifth that of Bharti Airtel, which had 262.67 million mobile subscribers in October.
Jio, which is offering free voice calls and data until the end of this year, has been reportedly including six lakh customers per day. Sources also told that Jio is seeing an adoption rate of nearly one thousand customers per minute, far more than what was forecast.
While Jio’s launch was widely acclaimed amongst masses, the most recent entrant into the telecommunication market has given restless evenings to contenders like Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea compelling them to slice their costs too.
Reliance Jio’s call drops and call failures have also improved of late with incumbent operators releasing extra PoIs.
Jio is also preparing to launch feature phones with a price tag of Rs 1000 in rural areas and tier 2, 3 markets. The phones will be 4G empowered, bundled with unlimited voice, video calling, and several other Jio services. The feature telephones will also support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology out of the box.
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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk