Indian telecommunications carrier Reliance Jio has announced adding 28.7 million net customers during the quarter to June 30, after adding 26.5 million in the prior quarter.
Jio's customers are now using 10.6GB of data on average each month, with the carrier saying it has the "world's largest mobile data consumption network", as well as the world's largest voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) network.
The 4G LTE network provided average download speeds of 18.6Mbps during June, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), with Reliance continuing to expand its 4G network out to 99 percent of the population by the end of 2018 across the 800MHz, 1800MHz, and 2300MHz spectrum bands.
Jio's mobile network also has a call drop rate of just 0.13 percent, the telco said, while claiming 100 percent network availability.
In total, Indian giant Reliance brought in 9,653 crore rupees ($1.4 billion) from its Digital Services Business including Jio, up 14.6 percent quarter on quarter from 8,421 crore rupees.
During the quarter, Jio had announced its new post-paid offering, as well as launching JioInteract, its artificial intelligence (AI) "brand engagement platform" -- after earlier this year investing $180 million in AI education platform Embibe -- and announcing a partnership with entertainment and gaming platform Screenz.
Jio has additionally partnered with Sodexo to enable digital payments across restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, and kiranas.
Reliance also pointed to its upcoming acquisition of US telco solutions company Radisys Corporation, which it said would "accelerate Jio's global innovation and technology leadership in the areas of 5G, IoT, and open-source architecture adoption".
Earlier this month, Reliance said it would acquire the Hillsboro, Oregon-headquartered Radisys with existing cash resources at $1.72 per share under their definitive agreement, which has yet to be approved by Radisys shareholders and the regulator.
"Radisys' top-class management and engineering team offer Reliance rapid innovation and solution development expertise globally, which complements our work towards software-centric disaggregated networks and platforms, enhancing the value to customers across consumer and enterprise segments," Reliance Jio director Akash Ambani said at the time.
"This acquisition further accelerates Jio's global innovation and technology leadership in the areas of 5G, IoT, and open-source architecture adoption."
The carrier is also launching fibre-to-the-home services across the products of Home broadband, Entertainment, Smart Home Solutions, Wireline, and Enterprise, with JioGigaFiber announced earlier in July.
JioGigaFiber will be available to customers in 1,100 cities across the nation, with interested customers able to register for services as of August 15. Jio said premises will be "connected on priority based on number of requests received in the area".
Earlier on Monday, it was revealed that Reliance Jio's EVP of Networks Nikos Katinakis would be departing the company to begin work at Australia's incumbent carrier Telstra in mid-October as head of Networks and IT.
Radisys' focus on virtualised software-based telco solutions will improve Reliance Jio's 'leadership' across 5G and IoT, the companies have said.
After having pushed the Indian telecom industry towards the brink of despair with its cut rate pricing, Reliance Jio's new scheme is a master class in how to seek market dominance through financial ingenuity.
Reliance Jio still has to woo existing customers away from tenacious biggies like Airtel and scrappy middleweights like Idea. However, that aside, it seems to have all the pieces in place in a remarkably well-thought out and brilliantly executed strategy.
Reliance Jio will provide 4G coverage to 99 percent of the Indian population by the end of this year, with the telco claiming the world's largest VoLTE network.
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