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Reliance Jio Launch Know the Benefits and plans
Reliance Jio Launch Know the Benefits and plans
Mukesh Ambani has launched Reliance jio on 1st September 2016. Reliance made easy to take sim card with e-KYC with Aadhar card .Reliance Jio services have been on a trial run for a few months now, initially being limited to employees and then to those buying a Lyf smartphone from the company. From September 5, everyone will be able to access the service, which will still be free until the end of the year. Voice calls, meanwhile, will never be charged on the Jio service. The data rates are also cheapest in the world, he said, announcing tariffs starting Rs 50 per GB or 5 paise per MB. The entire bouquet of apps will also be free until the end of 2017.
- Reliance Jio is officially rolling out from Monday
- The Reliance Jio network uses VoLTE for voice calls
- This means your existing phone may not work on it
Announced on Wednesday and officially launching from Monday, September 5, Reliance Jio is finally emerging from its preview and opening up to all users. The launch was announced at the Reliance Industries AGM by Chairman Mukesh Ambani and the Reliance Jio network will be free to use for all until December 31.
There’s a lot more to more to Jio than just cheaper data access, though, and here’s everything you should know about the network:
Reliance Jio is 4G only
The Reliance Jio network is running entirely on 4G – not “mostly 2G, sometimes 3G, and once-in-a-while 4G,” Ambani said, taking a dig at other networks. To access the network, you need a 4G compatible phone with VoLTE support. Reliance Retail’s lineup of Lyf phones offers a low-cost option, starting from Rs. 2,999, though you can buy any phone that supports VoLTE and uses it.
If you are not ready to move away from your current phone, you can buy the JioFi portable Wi-Fi hotspot at Rs. 1,999 and take advantage of Jio’s plans as long as your phone supports Wi-Fi.
# Mukesh Ambani starts by talking about the youngest member of Reliance family. Says Jio is aimed at realising Digital India dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He dedicates Jio services to India.
# “Life is going digital… I believe in next 20 years we will collectively achieve much more that before.” He says we will become irrelevant if we are not digital in this era. “India and Indians cannot be left behind”. He says Jio will improve India’s digital ranking.
#”Data is the oxygen of digital life. Jio is more than just a business. It is a commitment to enriching the life of every Indian.”
# Data demand is growing. Jio’s mission is to meet this exploding need, to go from data shortage to data abundance.
100 percent VoLTE
Reliance Jio is also a 100 percent VoLTE network – the largest in the world, according to Ambani. VoLTE stands for Voice over LTE, by which you make voice calls over the data network. As an end user, nothing is really different – you still dial a number just like you always would, and during the preview offer at least, connections have been clear and reliable. But at the backend, even voice calls use data, compared to none-VoLTE networks, that treat data and voice differently.
Everything is free until January 1, 2017
Although Reliance Jio plans were revealed on Thursday, everything is going to be completely free for users until December 31, 2016. Jio’s data, voice, and video along with the full bouquet of applications and content will be available fully free for everyone, until the end of the year. Ambani called this Jio’s Welcome Offer, which will enable everyone to try out Jio without spending any money. This will also allow users to get comfortable with the various applications that Jio is offering, and Jio will use this period to test interconnections with other operators and to get feedback from customers.
18,000 cities and 2 lakh villages
Jio’s a new network, but its reach is already pretty wide – according to Ambani, the Reliance Jio network already covers 18,000 cities and towns, and over 2 lakh villages.
To cover 90 percent of India by March 2017
Although it is already covering a large number of cities and villages, that doesn’t mean that Jio’s rollout has completed yet. It still has some ways to go to cover all of India, and the next target is to reach 90 percent of the population by March 2017, Ambani added.
A million Wi-Fi hotspots
Reliance Jio is now in the process of rolling out Wi-Fi hotspots across India. By the middle of 2017, it plans to have 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, and it’s offering Wi-Fi data in the 4G plans it offers; for example, if your plan is for 4GB, you get 8GB of Wi-Fi access as well, while the top 75GB plan gets 150GB of additional data via Wi-Fi hotspots.
These hotspots are coming up at schools, colleges, and other public places.
Free calls and no roaming
Highlighting how operators only charge for data while voice and messaging are essentially free, Ambani said that Jio will not charge for voice calls. “All voice calls for Jio customers will be absolutely free,” he said, adding, “Across India. To any network. Always. And in the spirit of one India – no roaming charges also.”
This means that even if you’re calling someone on another network – for which Reliance has to pay termination charges to the other network – it will pick up the tab.
The cheapest data in India
At the same time, describing data as oxygen, Ambani said that Reliance Jio’s second principle is that data must be affordable. “Current market practice is to charge a base rate of Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 10,000 per GB of data,” he said, “Jio will have a base rate which is more than at a 90 percent discount over the industry.”
Reliance Jio is offering data plans at Rs. 50 per GB, though a look at the actual data prepaid plans shows that this isn’t 100 percent accurate.
On the cheapest plan, Reliance offers 4GB of data for Rs. 499 – still a great deal, but not exactly Rs. 50 per GB. However, Reliance is also giving 8GB of Wi-Fi access at Jio Wi-Fi hotspots, and unlimited usage at night, so it definitely works out to a very reasonable amount, and under that Rs. 50/ GB figure once you factor that in.
Bundled entertainment services worth Rs. 15,000
That’s not all, though – Reliance Jio is also going to give free access to its various Jio apps. The full bouquet includes Jio’s video on demand service, its music streaming platform, and even a live TV service which allows you to view previously aired shows by scrolling back on the timeline.
There’s a lot on offer, but we don’t know anything about how the pricing for these services will be structured, only that the full bouquet taken together will cost you Rs. 15,000 per year. However, these are going to be given fully free to all users until the end of 2017.
eKYC for fast activations
Noting how inefficient the paper-based manual process to onboard customers is, Ambani noted that people had to wait for hours to get their service activated. In our experience getting two Reliance Jio SIM cards activated it took more than a day. Now, however, the process has been revised for eKYC, similar to Vodafone and Airtel. Jio has started rolling this out in Mumbai and Delhi, and soon any customer with an Aadhaar card will be able to walk out of a Jio store with a working connection in 15 minutes, Ambani said. “We are also planning to extend eKYC activation to our customers’ doorsteps,” he added.
# Network: Most service providers have the infrastructure for voice, not data. They have had to retrofit, have had to push an unnatural act. There is one language spoken on Jio, the language of the Internet: IP. The all IP design makes Jio the most extensive and future-proof in the world. Jio is a data-strong network, built for the Internet from the ground up. Will cover 90 percent of India’s population by March 2017. Only 4G on Jio network. Largest only 4G network in the world today. Largest VoLTE networks in the world. Jio is future ready and can be easily upgraded to support even more data. We can transform India from a high price data market to one with the lowest data rates anywhere in the world.
#Devices: More 70 per cent of all smartphones in India are 4G LTE. Ambani announced new Lyf devices with prices starting at Rs 2,999 and going up to Rs 5,999. 4G LTE JioFi router at 1,999. Ensured that entry price for using the network will be low for Indians.
#Content: Jio TV will offer access to 300 plus channels. Jio Cinema will have a library of 6000 movies and 1,00,000 episodes of TV shows. Jio music as 10 million songs. Jio Money allows you to go cashless. Apps will be free for all users until December 2017.
#Services: Redesigned signs up process which will roll out in Delhi and Mumbai today. Rest of India within six weeks. Capacity to acquire a million users a day. Want to make onboarding experience as simple as possible. E-KYC will give you a working connection with Aadhar card in just 15 minutes.
#Tariffs: Have always put the customer first. Jio tariffs are built on three principles. 1) customer should play for only one service — voice or data. So all voice calls will be absolutely free. No roaming charges across India. 2) Data must be affordable: Jio will have a base rate which is 1/10th of market rates. 5 paise per MB, or Rs 50 per GB. The more you use, the cheaper it gets. “Absolutely the lowest rates anywhere in the world.” 3) Pricing structure should be simple so just 10 tariff plans. No blackout dates.
#No strings attached. International calling rates will be best away, says Ambani. Indians will no longer have to turn off data.
#Students will be able to get 25 per cent more data on Jio’s main tariffs. Platinum customers to get white glove services.
#Mukesh Ambani rounds up. But says there is one more thing. Starting September 5, all Jio services will be available for everyone free till the end of the year.” He calls it the Jio welcome offer. However, free services have been running for a while now. Now every Indian can do ‘datagiri’. “Do unlimited good things with unlimited data.”
#Jio is rolling out fibre-to-the-home wireline network. He announced a Rs 5,000-crore venture fund to help Indian entrepreneurs to set up their businesses.
#He announces 100 million customers target, a new world record. Have 5,00,000 partners across India. Jio family is nearly 50,00,000 strong across India. This is the employment Jio has created.
#Incumbents have significant advantages, the onus is on incumbents not to create unfair hurdles on points of interconnect. In the last week alone Jio customers suffered five crore call drops because of these issues.
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