Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has crossed 50 million subscribers in just 83 days of its commercial operations which began on 5th September, setting a new record in the Indian telecom industry. Reliance Jio has emerged as the largest broadband operator in the country, after launching its full-fledged 4G services.
According to the sources, Reliance Jio has acquired 1,000 customers per minute since September 5 and 6 lakh per day, thus setting a new record in the industry. Reliance Jio acquired 16 million users in the first month of its operation only, which is also a record.
The telecom major Bharti Airtel reached the same milestone of notching 50 million subscribers in 12 years, while Vodafone and Idea took 13 years each. According to latest COAI’s monthly GSM mobile subscribers report, Airtel has 262.67 million mobile subscribers, followed closely by Vodafone with 201.90 million subscribers and Idea Cellular with 180.25 million subscribers.
Reliance Jio has also become India’s largest digital services operator with highest number of mobile broadband users surpassing telecom major Airtel’s 41 million 3G and 4G customers combined acquired over last six years. While, comparing on only 4G subscribers, Jio’s customer base is now five times that of Airtel which is around 10 million and around 17 times of Idea which has 3 million 4G subscribers.
At RIL’s 42nd annual general meeting, Mukesh Ambani had said that his new telecom venture would aim to acquire 100 million customers by the end of this year. Jio’s 4G network already covers 18,000 cities and towns, and over 2 lakh villages. The company aims to cover 90% of India’s population by March 2017.
Reliance Jio has been in news since its launch and it is aggressively competing with big players such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea. The Jio services are free till 31st December 2016, if customers buy a Jio connection by 3rd December 2016.