Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s telecom unit Jio will begin charging for data services from April 1, but will give steep discounts for a year to over 100 million customers who have come on board within six months of its launch.
While local voice calls, STD and roaming will continue to be free, he promised to match the best offers of rival telecom companies and add 20 per cent more data from April 1.
In a speech broadcast live from the company’s social media accounts, Ambani said Jio has added 100 million subscribers in 170 days since launch in September 2016 and the company plans to extend the network to cover 99 per cent of population by this year-end.
Counting on Jio’s exceptional achievement Ambani said, “For 170 days, Jio has added on average nearly 7 customers on its network every single second of every single day. This is an unprecedented level of acceptance for any technology company anywhere in the world.”
With 200 crore minutes of voice and video calls, more than 100 crore GB or 3.3 crore GB a day of data has been consumed on the Jio network, India is now number one country in the world for mobile data usage, he said.
‘’Data usage on Jio matches almost the usage in US and nearly half more than all of China,” Ambani asserted.