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Jio's entry led to $10-bn annual savings for telecom consumers: Report

Jio has made data accessible and affordable, with average prices per GB dropping to Rs 10 from Rs 152

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Reliance Jio's disruptive entry in September 2016 led to $10 billion in annual savings for and will expand India's per capita by about 5.65 per cent, says a report.

Jio has made accessible and affordable, with average prices per dropping to Rs 10 from Rs 152, bringing the internet within the reach of a larger proportion of the Indian population.

Such a drastic reduction in prices has also allowed newer segments of society to use and experience it for the first time.

Jio is the venture of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries.

"As per our calculations, even the most conservative estimate shows that due to Jio's entry, the annual financial savings to the would be to the tune of $10 billion," said the report by (IFC).

It said econometric analysis shows that through widespread network effects, Jio's entry would boost India's by about 5.65 per cent, if everything else in the economy remains constant.

The effect on growth due to higher internet penetration will not just be a contribution of the sector but also the various externalities that arise out of the internet economy, it said.

IFC analysed Jio's entry to measure the impact of internet penetration on economic growth. The model used from 18 states from 2004-14 and showed that a 10 per cent increase in internet penetration led to per capita GDP rising by 3.9 per cent, if all else remains constant.

IFC is Gurgaon-based Indian unit of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at

"Since Jio's entry into the Indian markets on September 2016, the face of the industry has not remained the same. It changed the basis of competition by offering free lifetime calling to its in an industry that derived 75 per cent of its revenue from voice," the report said.

Within six months of Jio's launch, India became the highest mobile data user in the world consuming over 1 billion data every month as compared to 200 million earlier.

By the end of 2017, its users on an average consume almost 10 GB data, 700 minutes of voice and 134 hours of video every month. "Data usage in the country has soared. India is now only second to in terms of app downloads. Such levels of digital consumption were unprecedented a year-and-a-half ago," it said.

Stating that before Jio's entry there were hardly many avenues where such high levels of data could be expended by a consumer, the report said Jio offers its consumers a wide bouquet of digital applications that address a variety of consumer needs ranging from education, health, entertainment and banking.

"All of these services form a part of the digital platform through which Jio aims to address multiple socio-economic needs of its customers," it added.

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First Published: Fri, April 06 2018. 16:07 IST