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Reliance Jio Extends Free Data Offer To March 2017

Reliance Industries said its telecom unit Jio will extend its free data service to all new and existing customers till March 2017, in a bid to attract more customers to its 4G telecom service amid stiff competition from incumbents

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Reliance Industries said its telecom unit Jio will extend its free data service to all new and existing customers till March 2017, in a bid to attract more customers to its 4G telecom service amid stiff competition from incumbents.

Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man, said in a live feed on YouTube on Thursday (01 December) that all its new customers from December 4 onwards will get free voice and data till March 31, 2017. The free offer was earlier valid till December 31.

He said Jio has already crossed 50 million customers in the three months since launch on September 1.

The company also announced a rollout of Jio Money Merchant Solutions, a mobile payments application, for enabling digital payments for small merchants at their various point of transactions.

On an average, a Jio customer is using 25 times more data than the average Indian broadband user, he said, adding that Jio has signed up over 6 lakh customers every single day for the past 3 months.

Ambani has accused incumbent operators like Bharti Airtel of anti-competitive behaviour by delaying providing points of interconnection that had led to blocking of nearly 900 crore voice calls from Jio to other networks.

"Benefits of Jio's superior technology have been denied to customers due to anti-competitive behaviour of incumbent operators," he said further, adding that the call block rate has come down to nearly 20 per cent as of yesterday from over 90 per cent.

(Reuters / PTI)


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