Average usage at 250 minutes of voice, 18GB of data: RJio

By: | Updated: April 23, 2016 9:16 AM

In its earnings statement for the quarter through March 31, Reliance Industries said that more than half a million users have opted for its services

Call dropsReliance Industries had launched the commercial services on December 28 for its employees and business partners. The company is offering its services free of charge until it commercially launches later this year. (Reuters)

Reliance Jio Infocomm, the yet-to-be launched telecommunications service by Reliance Industries, on Friday said its initial consumers had used more than 250 minutes in voice and over 18 GB of data on an average within the first month since its pilot launch for employees in December.

In its earnings statement for the quarter through March 31, Reliance Industries said that more than half a million users have opted for its services since its trial launch.

Reliance Industries had launched the commercial services on December 28 for its employees and business partners. The company is offering its services free of charge until it commercially launches later this year.

Though the initial uptake of data among its users may seem bigger than the current incumbents, the indicators are not comparable since the company has not started charging for its services. For instance, Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecom company with over 243 million users had reported during the October-December quarter, that its users on an average consumed 405 minutes on voice telephone services, and each of its about 55 million data users consumed 843 MB of data.

Similarly, Idea Cellular, the country’s third-biggest operator with 171.9 million subscribers, reported that each of its consumers used 393 minutes in voice, and each of its 41.31 million data subscribers had consumed about 653 MB of data.

Commenting on the spectrum sharing deal with Reliance Communications, the company said the transaction involving sharing of 800Mhz spectrum will help the firm to have a pan-India holding of bandwidth in the frequency, and help in in-building coverage.

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