Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani will address the company’s employees and stakeholders tomorrow, December 1. The event is scheduled to be broadcasted live from 1:30 pm on Facebook and Twitter accounts of the company. Reliance Jio through its Welcome offer provides its users with unlimited voice and video calling, SMS and data, for free every day. A TRAI order had earlier said that the offer by Jio 4G should end by December 4. But several reports suggest that the free data offer can be extended till March 2017.
Notably, a Jio spokesperson told The Indian Express that the Jio Welcome Offer “benefits of free unlimited Voice and data will be available to all subscribers up to December 31, 201”. But, the “JWO will be available to new consumers for subscription until December 3, 2016,” the spokesperson added. So if you are a new user and buy a Jio SIM after December 3, you will get to try out the paid plans. It was reported recently that Reliance Jio had crossed the 50 subscribers mark, and with such a huge response and feedback, all eyes will be on Mukesh Ambani’s speech tomorrow. Ambani had earlier said that Reliance Jio had set a target of 100 million subscribers.
After Jio’s entry in the market, it reached the landmark of 50 million customers in just 83 days, even as other networks took years to reach it. While Vodafone took 13 years, Airtel achieved it in 12 years. Meanwhile, Reliance Jio which launched in September already had 16 million customers in the first month itself. Cellular association COAI has reported that altogether Vodafone had 201.9 million customers in October while Bharti Airtel had 262.67 million and Idea Cellular had 180.25.
The company has reportedly become the country’s biggest operator to provide digital services with the highest number of mobile broadband users. It is even larger than Airtel’s 41 million 3G and 4G subscribers which it had acquired in 6 years. When it comes to just 4G, Jio user base is 5 times the base of Airtel and a whopping 17 times of Idea, PTI reported.
However popular, recently it was found that Reliance Jio 4G in a speed test was slowest among top 5 networks according to TRAI data. Meanwhile, Reliance called foul on the portrayal. In a recent report, in Medium, Ookla studies showed that Reliance Jio 4G speeds have gone down since its inception. Meanwhile, there have been reports that Reliance has denied the reports and the data by TRAI, accusing it of ‘inherent bias’ on their part, saying that the speeds are being measured after users exhaust their daily limit of data when the speed gets lower.
Whatever be the reason for the company to continue or not, it is still unknown what exactly will be announced tomorrow. But it sure is going to gather a lot of curious eyeballs.