What Ambani said: key points
» Unlimited voice & data for existing customers opting for Jio prime membership by paying one-time fee of Rs 99 and Rs 303/month
» Ambani says Jio network to cover 99 percent of India's population by end 2017
» Reliance Jio has crossed 100-million customers mark in just 170 days
» Seven customers added every single second since launch
» Jio users consumed over 100 crore GB data, more than 3.3 crore GB/day, making India the number 1 country in mobile data usage
» Reliance Jio to offer free voice calls, no roaming from April 1 when promo offer ends; to double data capacity in coming months
» Reliance Jio will offer 20 percent more data after matching price offered by rivals
Mumbai: Reliance Industries (RIL) chairman and Managing director Mukesh Ambani Tuesday said Reliance Jio has crossed the 100 million customer mark since its launch on September 5.
"Jio was launched on September 5 last year. In only 170 days, we have crossed the 100 million customer mark. This achievement is of India and Indians," Ambani told the media.
He said that on an average Jio added seven customers on its network every second.
"This is an unprecedented level of acceptance of any technology company anywhere in the world."
India No.1 in data usage
Ambani said that prior to the launch of Reliance Jio, India was ranked 150th in terms of data penetration. It is now at number one, he claimed.
"Last month Jio users have consumed 100 crore gigabytes of data. India is number one today in terms of mobile data usage."
Ambani said by the end of this year, 99 percent of the country's population will be covered by the network with its presence in nearly all cities, towns and villages.
"In the coming months, we will more than double our data capacity and this means even better quality for our customers. By the end of 2017, the Jio network will be present in nearly all the cities, towns and villages of India, and cover 99 percent of our country's population," he said.
He pointed out that the company has doubled its 4G stations as compared to its competitors.
Announcing free user benefits for another 12 months under a cost-effective membership plan, Jio's latest offerings are expected to stiffen the competition further in the telecom sector.
Jio Prime Membership Program
Under the 'Jio Prime Membership Program' for founder members, the existing 100 million plus Jio subscribers can avail unlimited benefits of 'Jio Happy New Offer' for another full year or till March 31, 2018 for a nominal, one-time enrollment fee of Rs 99 coupled with an introductory price of Rs 303 per month.
The 'Jio Prime Membership' is available only for existing customers and the enrollment window will remain open from March 1-31, 2017.
Calls continue to be free
Apart from that, he said the company will start offering tariff plans starting April 1 for people who do not opt for the prime membership plan.
"Starting April 1, Jio will start offering its tariff plans. On all of Jio's tariff plans, all domestic voice calls to any network will always remain free. Across India, to any network, always. And no roaming charges, no blackout days, and no hidden charges," he added.
Ambani also vowed to match the tariff data plans of its competitors with 20 percent more data.
"Jio is instituting a comprehensive process of monitoring all publicly announced plans from all operators across the country on a regular basis. And we will not only match the highest selling tariffs of each of the other leading Indian telecom operators but we will provide 20 percent more data in each of these plans."