Reliance Jio’s 4G network goes down in Delhi after rains

Reliance Jio Digital LifeReliance Jio Infocomm’s 4G network has gone down in parts of Delhi, Bihar and Tripura, according to reliable sources.

The 4G network of Reliance Jio was down for several hours since early morning in Delhi, the capital city of India. Delhi received heavy rains during the beginning of the summer season. Jio official later confirmed that there were minor “glitches” and solved “the issue”.

Wire agency PTI earlier reported that rains lashed the national capital tonight as thunderstorms and overcast skies for most of the day provided respite to Delhi’ites from the scorching heat over the last few days. Delhi city registered a maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius, seven notches above the season’s average, yesterday.

The Safdarjung observatory noted the maximum temperature settling at 36.3 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s normal, a Met department said. The minimum temperature was recorded at 21.8 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average. The Palam observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 39.1 degrees Celsius.

Reliance Jio has 5370,396 customers in Delhi, 4060,254 in Bihar and 571,525 in North East circles as of December 2016, according to TRAI.

Reliance Jio has made investment of $20 billion plus to build a nationwide 4G network with the help of technology company Samsung Electronics and others.

The Mukesh Ambani-promoted Reliance Jio has 6.4 percent share in the Indian wireless market as on 31 December 2016. Recently, Jio said it received 72 million subscriptions from mobile users during the Prime membership drive for its paid services that will start now in July.

Usually, heavy rains and other natural calamities affect telecom networks of all telecom operators in India. But this time, mobile customers of other telecom networks did not complain about the poor quality services or network related issues.

Meanwhile, Reliance Jio will remain disruptive given its aspirations, investment banking firm Jefferies said on Wednesday.

Last week Jio reported that out of its over 100 million subscribers of free services, over 72 million have enrolled for the Jio Prime membership. The enrollment allows subscribers unlimited monthly data for a one time annual membership of Rs 99 and monthly fee of Rs 303.

Jefferies stated that this subscriber retention is well above the recent expectations of 50 million that were being built in. This will lend confidence in the ability of Reliance Jio to monetize services and challenge incumbents.

The potential for Reliance Jio to disrupt can be gauged from its aspiration to reach 50 percent market share. Given that the industry will be driven by a need for data capacity, Reliance Jio creating a 5x data capacity and a head start of 3-4 years vs competition should hold it in good stead and allow it flexibility to offer more for less price if needed to capture market share.