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1 Year of Reliance Jio

September 6, 2017

Reliance Jio completed a year post its launch on 5th September 2016. The telecom company is completely based on the 4G VoLTE network. Currently, it has more than 130 million subscribers.

Welcome Offer and Happy New Year Offer

In 2016, Chairman Mukesh Ambani launched Reliance Jio with the Welcome Offer. He announced free data, voice calls, SMS, and roaming services for all its users for four months. From January 2017, the offer got a three-month extension and it was known as the Happy New Year Offer. The Happy New Year Offer was valid until 31st March 2017 and came with a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limit of 1GB data per day.

Jio Prime

In February 2017, Mukesh Ambani announced the Jio Prime membership at a one-year fee of INR 99. Users were asked to enroll for the same in March. The deadline was later extended to 15th April.

The chairman also announced data tariffs applicable from the start of April. Prime members enjoyed additional benefits at the same price in comparison with non-Prime members.

Summer Surprise Offer and Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan

The Summer Surprise Offer launched in April provided the benefits of Happy New Year Offer for another three months on a recharge of INR 303 or more. However, post a Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) order, the company withdrew the offer. It then repackaged it and launched the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan plan.

The Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offered 1GB data per day at INR 309 or 2GB data per day at INR 509. These plans had a validity of three months on the first recharge.

Recently, the company has revamped its prepaid and postpaid plans. It has also introduced new plans at INR 349 and INR 399. On an average, Jio is offering 1GB data at INR 50, which is quite an affordable tariff.

Impact of Reliance Jio

Owing to Reliance Jio’s entry, India has made a lot of progress in terms of data usage. Some of the statistics and facts to back this up are as follows:

  • India is the biggest data consumption hub for websites like WhatsApp, Facebook, Google, and YouTube, among others
  • Facebook and Google have added 70 million users after Jio’s launch
  • India consumes over 100 crore gigabytes of data and streams videos up to 165 crore hours, every month
  • The country makes voice calls of around 250 crore minutes every day
  • India’s broadband subscriber base was 282 million on 30th June 2017 as against 154 million on 31st August 2016

Reliance Jio Phones

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio offers a range of smartphones under its brand, LYF. They are categorized into Earth, Flame, Wind, and Water series. The prices of the devices start from INR 2,999 and go up to INR 19,999.

The company has recently announced the first-of-its-kind 4G VoLTE feature phone. The JioPhone allows users to access the Internet and make free voice calls. Priced at INR 1,500, the phone received around six million pre-registrations in a single day. It is expected to reach stores by the end of September.

Summary

Reliance Jio completed one year since its launch, which was on 5th September 2016.

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Reliance Jio Announces JioFiber and JioFi Offers

May 12, 2017

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is taking steps to bring their Internet services into the arena of home broadband. With the JioFiber Preview Offer, the company is gearing up to launch broadband services in major Indian cities. Besides this, it is also offering discount and cashback on its JioFi devices.

Discount on JioFi3 device

Amazon Great Indian Sale began on 11th May and will end on 14th May. There are a number of discount offers on a variety of products with up to 80 percent off on some of them.

JioFi3 device with MRP INR 2,700 is available on Amazon with a discount of around 30 percent at INR 1,899. Moreover, customers who use a Citibank credit or debit card are eligible for a further cashback of 15 percent on the app or 10 percent on the website.

JioFi is a Wi-Fi hotspot device that lets other devices operate on Jio’s Internet. JioFi comes with a number of benefits. It is recommended to connect the hotspot device with up to ten devices, while it allows connection with up to 32 devices. JioFi has a built-in rechargeable battery, which offers five to six hours of surf time.

Cashback on JioFi devices

Reliance Jio recently announced a cashback offer on the purchase of JioFi device. The telecom company is offering up to 100 percent cashback. On exchanging old dongles, routers, or 4G cards, a user will be eligible to get benefits worth INR 2,010. The benefit is in the form of ten top-up vouchers priced at INR 201 each. If a customer does not opt for the exchange offer, he may still avail of a cashback worth INR 1,005 in the form of five top-up vouchers of INR 201 each. The top-up benefits are valid up to 31st March 2018.

JioFiber service

Reliance Jio’s Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband service, JioFiber was first mentioned by Chairman Mukesh Ambani in the September Annual General Meeting (AGM) while he introduced Reliance Jio. A recent tweet by the company’s customer care service revealed that it is currently running JioFiber service on a trial basis in major Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, and Vadodara. It also mentioned that the trials will soon be expanded to more cities.

As per the JioFiber Preview Offer available in selected cities, customers get 100 GB broadband data per month at a speed of 100 Mbps. Apart from a one-time refundable installation fee of INR 4,000 to INR 4,500, the service is free for the first 90 days.

Impact of Reliance Jio

According to some analysts, Reliance Jio’s aggressive pricing policies have intensified competition in the Indian telecom sector, which is forcing existing players to reduce their tariffs. India Ratings and Research, a rating agency in India came to the conclusion that Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is likely to gain market share from existing telecom operators. It said this during the beginning of May 2017.

Summary

Reliance Jio is offering a discount on JioFi3 through Amazon, a 100 percent cashback offer on purchase of JioFi from Jio’s online portal, and free broadband service under the JioFiber Preview Offer for 90 days.

Reliance Jio Experience Center Exhibits Jio’s Services and Upcoming Digital Plans for India

October 19, 2016

Reliance Jio’s foray into the telecom sector set off a digital revolution in the country, when the company opened its high-speed digital services to the public. Jio, the world’s largest start-up has been making steady progress, with its customer base rising exponentially.

Reliance Jio’s services range from premium voice and video calls to a plethora of applications like Jio Money and MyJio. All these facilities are currently free for customers under Jio’s welcome offer, which is valid till the end of 2016.

Jio Experience Center

Since the telecom company has set a benchmark through its affordable 4G services, Reliance Industries (RIL) has taken the onus of offering interested individuals the chance to catch a glimpse of the entire Jio digital ecosystem through the Jio Experience Center. The center not only explains Jio’s unique services but also offers insights into the telecom brand’s future plans to redefine the digital sector in India. It includes 24 experience zones, which are further categorized into 11 clusters.

Access to SIM Cards through technology-aided eKYC machines

One of the clusters gave an insight into Jio’s easy SIM card purchase procedure through an eKYC machine, which only requires a customer’s Aadhaar card for verification. It exhibited how an eKYC machine scans a customer’s Aadhaar card, thereby making the process fast and free of errors. Activation of the SIM card follows soon after through an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) verification procedure.

Easy data transfer with ‘SwitchToJio’

Data transfer from one device to another is conventionally executed by a retailer and entails transferring a user’s data from his old phone to a new phone with the help of a computer. Doing this procedure often involves high risks like privacy breach or even loss of important data. However, a new app called ‘SwitchToJio’ by Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio offers convenient transfer of important phone data to a new device, wherein devices are securely connected through the application and data transfer can be done without a user’s privacy being compromised.

Net Velocity

Another point of focus at the experience center is the Net Velocity app, which allows users to not only check their Internet connection speed but also send across their feedback to the Jio team. This is beneficial for users as their Internet issues can be directly addressed without inconvenience.

Other demonstrations

The Jio Experience Center also showcases current offerings by the telecom brand like its VoLTE feature, which allows even a non-VoLTE phone user to enjoy a premium call experience. The diverse features of the wallet app, Jio Money are also showcased at the center, which enables users to avail of exclusive offers at stores and make payments easily.

One of the most interesting segments at the center is the demonstration on how a car can become a smart car through the JioCarConnect application. It lets users connect their smart phone to the car and enable functions like lock-unlock and remote location tracker.

The center also focuses on Jio’s upcoming plans which include the JioFiber 1Gbps Connection. In addition to this it also exhibited technology models that would be used in the future, enabling users to connect their television sets to smart IoT devices, speakers, and cameras.

Summary

Reliance Jio Experience Center exhibits Jio’s well-planned digital ecosystem.

Reliance Jio acquires 269.2 MHz spectrum across all 22 service areas in India

October 7, 2016

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (“RJIL”) announces that it has successfully acquired the right to use 269.2 MHz (UL+DL) spectrum across all 22 Service Areas in India in the recently concluded spectrum auction conducted by DOT, Government of India. Service Area wise details of spectrum acquired are as per below:

Service Area 800 MHz band (Paired) 1800 MHz band

(Paired)

2300 MHz band

(Unpaired)

Andhra Pradesh 10.00
Assam 10.00
Bihar 5.00 10.00
Delhi 10.00
Gujarat 5.00 10.00
Haryana 1.00
Himachal Pradesh 5.00 10.00
Jammu & Kashmir 10.00
Karnataka 10.00
Kerala 10.00
Kolkata 10.00
Madhya Pradesh 10.00
Maharashtra 10.00
Mumbai 10.00
North East 10.00
Odisha 10.00
Punjab 3.75 5.20
Rajasthan 5.00
Tamil Nadu 10.00
Uttar Pradesh (East) 1.25 3.40
Uttar Pradesh (West) 5.00
West Bengal 5.00 10.00
Total 15.00 39.60 160.00

Enhancement of spectrum footprint

RJIL has renewed its expiring spectrum in 800 MHz band in Gujarat circle and purchased additional spectrum in the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz bands at 6.5% premium to reserve price.

Through this acquisition, RJIL’s total spectrum footprint has increased to 1,108 MHz (UL+DL) with an average life of over 16 years, further strengthening its leadership position in liberalized spectrum holdings. RJIL’s spectrum footprint ensures availability of spectrum in all the three bands across the country and enhances its network capacity at negligible incremental capital and operating expenditure.

Shri Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries Limited, said “We have expanded our spectrum footprint thereby significantly enhancing capacity of our all-IP data strong network and ensuring world class services for all Indians. Jio is committed to taking India to global digital leadership by bringing the power of data to all Indians.”

Cost

The payment to be made for the right to use of this technology agnostic spectrum for a period of 20 years is Rs. 13,672crore, as per the details below:

(Amount in Rs. crore)

Frequency Band Total Payment
800 MHz 3,623
1800 MHz 2,154
2300 MHz 7,895
Total 13,672

The above results are provisional and subject to DOT confirmation.

About Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited:

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (“Jio”), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (“RIL”), has built a world-class all-IP data strong future proof network with latest 4G LTE technology. It is the only network conceived and born as a Mobile Video Network from the ground up and supporting Voice over LTE technology. It is future ready and can be easily upgraded to support even more data, as technologies advance on to 5G, 6G and beyond.

Jio will bring transformational changes in the Indian digital services space to enable the vision of Digital India for 1.2 billion Indians and propel India into global leadership in digital economy. It has created an eco-system comprising network, devices, applications and content, service experience and affordable tariffs for everyone to live the Jio Digital Life. As part of its customer offers, Jio has revolutionised the Indian telecom landscape by making voice calls for Jio customers absolutely free, across India, to any network, and always. Jio makes India the highest quality, most affordable data market in the world so that every Indian can do Datagiri.

Summary

Reliance Jio announces acquisition of 269.2 MHz spectrum across 22 circles for Rs 13,672 crore.

Reliance Digital Launches LYF FLAME 7S at Rs. 3,499

October 7, 2016

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has made its foray into the digital sphere with its telecom arm, Reliance Jio. Reliance Jio aims to transform India by fulfilling the Indian Government’s long-term vision of a digital India.

Reliance Jio’s LYF smart phone brand provides affordable 4G-enabled smart phones that operate on LTE technology. The smart phones prices range from Rs. 2,999 to Rs. 19,999. The LYF FLAME series is its most pocket-friendly range of smart phones, which include FLAME 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and the latest FLAME 7S.

FLAME 7S

The FLAME 7S variant by LYF retails at Rs. 3,499, which was launched by Reliance Digital. It is an upgraded version of the FLAME 7 that was launched in August at the same price. Although most of the specifications in both these phones are quite similar, there are notable differences. The FLAME 7S’ battery is an 1,800mAh one as compared to the FLAME 7’s 1,750mAh battery. The new device also offers an improved camera with unique sensors.

Phone specifications

The LYF FLAME 7S’ screen is a 4-inch WVGA display with Asahi Glass protection. The smart phone runs on a 1.5GHz quad-core Spreadtrum processor. In terms of memory, the device offers 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Users may expand it with the help of a microSD card up to 32GB.

Operating on Android 5.1 Lollipop, the phone also includes a 1,800mAh battery which can support up to 6 hours of talk time on 4G and 400 hours on standby mode. With respect to connectivity options, the LYF FLAME 7S supports  2G,3G,  4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, micro USB 2.0, and Bluetooth 4.0.

LYF FLAME 7S’ camera

While the FLAME 7 model had a 2MP front camera, the newer 7S device sports a VGA camera. In terms of additional features, the 7S includes sensors like Ambient Light, Proximity Sensor, and Accelerometer. The rear camera is a 5MP fixed-focus one, which allows users to record HD videos at 60 frames per second. Other camera-specific features include Panorama, Smile Shutter, Face Detection, Slow Motion Video, Burst Mode, White Balance, Metering, Anti-Banding, and ISO.

Available at Reliance Digital outlets across the country, this smart phone comes with the Jio SIM welcome offer. The Reliance Jio welcome offer grants users access to unlimited data, voice and video services, as well as premium applications for free until the end of 2016.

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is devised to function as an all-encompassing digital ecosystem. It offers a variety of end-to-end digital solutions for millions residing in India. These include smart devices, telecom services, and portable hotspot devices.

Summary

Reliance Jio’s LYF FLAME 7S is an upgraded version of the FLAME 7. Retailing at Rs. 3,499, it offers many new and exciting features like a high-quality camera and longer battery life.