Jio GigaFiber’s Expansion Halted by Rains; JioPhone Users Consuming 7GB Data/Month!
Jio will now take help from cable operators for last-mile connectivity.
Reliance wants to expand Jio GigaFiber services at a rapid pace, and offer the services to as many users as possible.
However, weather Gods seems to play the spoilsport here, because rain is forcing Jio’s team to halt and interrupt their plans.
Meanwhile, in a related news, it has been discovered that JioPhone users consuming data at a massive scale – an average user is right now consuming 7 GB of data per month, and for a feature phone, this is an amazing record.
Checkout what all is happening with JioPhone, right here!
Jio GigaFiber Interrupted By Rain
Right now, Jio Gigafiber’s entire team is focussing on deploying the required optical fibers for connecting the end-user with their network hubs.
This last mile connectivity operations is facing an obstacle in the form of rains. Monsoon has covered entire India, and rains have started everywhere.
This has forced Jio to stop their activities in some regions, as this is against Govt. rules pertaining to the digging of grounds.
A person close to the developments said, “The process of laying fiber outside has been stopped due to unfavorable weather as the government does not give permission to dig during rains,”
How Is Jio Handling This Problem?
It seems that Jio will now use cable operators’ help and assistance in this regard. Cables are already existing in most of the country, and Jio is seeking their assistance to provide the last mile connectivity.
Besides, to tackle issues related to the municipality, Jio has allocated one liaisoning officer every state to check the updates and to remove any obstacle.
There is an expenditure of $100-150 per subscriber for performing the last-mile connectivity. Jio had promised to enroll 50 million users across 1150 cities in the first phase. It would be interesting to observe how Jio is able to accomplish that.
But going by Reliance’s track record, it doesn’t seem impossible!
JioPhone Users Splurging On Data
Meanwhile a report has stated that JioPhone’s userbase is consuming data at a massive scale.
There are around 25 million JioPhone in India right now, which will surely expand after August 15th, when their 2nd Monsoon Hungama plans kickoff.
As of now, an average JioPhone user is consuming 7 GB of data per month. Compared to the overall telecom industry, an average smartphone user consuming 2GB of data per month, while Jio users consume 10 GB of data per month.
The report stated that 90% of JioPhone users have now turned over to Rs 153 plan, which gives 1.5 GB of data per day.
There are 500 million feature phone users in India, and Jio wants 100 million of them on their platform.
We will keep you updated, as we receive more updates.