Jio Completes 5G Coverage Across 1000 Cities; Whatsapp Based Recharge Planned!

It has partnered with WhatsApp to simplify prepaid recharge procedures.

Reliance Jio has finished the planning of 5G coverage in at least 1,000 Indian cities.

Picking The Target Locations

It has also been conducting trials on advanced use cases across Healthcare and Industrial Automation on its 5G network.

The telco will target high consumption and high perception locations using Heat maps, 3D maps and Ray tracing technology for precise coverage planning.

WhatsApp Partnership

Its network will be based on targeted customer consumption and revenue.

It has partnered with WhatsApp to simplify prepaid recharge procedures which would enhance customer convenience.

The development comes after the central government’s recent announcement of 13 cities that will likely see the launch of 5G services this year.

First Cities To Get 5G This Year

They are: 

  • Gurugram
  • Bengaluru
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • Chandigarh
  • Delhi
  • Jamnagar
  • Ahmadabad
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Lucknow
  • Pune 
  • Gandhi Nagar

Payment Of Spectrum Dues

Jio had announced on January 19 that it paid Rs 30,791 crore comprising accrued interest to the Department of Telecom (DoT) to clear entire spectrum payments liabilities that it acquired before March 2021 auctions.

The amount includes spectrum payments liabilities acquired in 2014, 2015, 2016 auctions and the spectrum acquired in 2021, through trading of right to use with Bharti Airtel Limited.

It is in the process of preparing plans for 5G service, which it is likely to roll out later this year.

Net Profit Growth

All in all it has been a good week for the company, having posted an 9.85% increase in net profit at Rs 3,615 crore for the quarter.

The net profit figure was Rs 3,291 crore in the same period a year ago.

ARPU, Subscriber Growth

Its average revenue per user or ARPU rose to Rs 151.60 per month from Rs 143.6 in the previous quarter.

Its subscriber base also saw growth, aided by its budget smartphone Jio Phone Next.

It added 10.2 million subscribers in Q3FY22.

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