Reliance Jio launches website, invites users to sign up for beta testing2 min read . Updated: 02 Jun 2016, 08:15 PM IST
An official said Reliance Jio is taking to achieve a full-fledged launch of its 4G services later this year
Mumbai: Jio.com, the official website of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RIL), has gone live.
Through the website users in general can request or register for an invite to join Jio’s beta launch. The website, lists various services and apps that are being offered by Jio. It however, does not offer any details on the launch of the company’s 4G services or its tariff plans.
The website lists various apps by Jio including JioChat, JioJoin, MyJio, JioBeats, JioOnDemand, JioXpressNews, JioMoney and JioDrive.
However, only JioChat has its features listed in detail. JioChat would allow its users audio, video and conference calls and creation of a group of 500 members. WhatsApp another popular chat application currently allows only 256 members on a group. Files of up to 100 MB can also be shared through the JioChat app while up to five people can be connected through an audio/video conference.
A company official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said this is one of the steps that the company is taking to achieve a full-fledged launch of its 4G services later this year.
“We would be scaling up in phases in this manner before we launch commercially. This will allow us to get more and more users and test our networks so that we can iron out issues, if any," said the official.
According to a presentation made by the company at the Morgan Stanley investor summit, which was uploaded on the BSE on Thursday morning, Jio had 0.5 million users till April. The presentation said that the average monthly consumption per user is in excess of 18GB within the first month of service and is increasing rapidly. Average voice usage is over 250 minutes within the first month, the presentation added.
So far, Jio’s services were made available to employees and their family and friends. Last month, Jio extended its services to the public through an employee-driven invite system where an invite from an RIL employee can bring others into the Jio users fold, allowing them to buy a LYF phone, which comes bundled with free unlimited 4G data and voice for three months.
While the company has not given out a date for the launch of full commercial operations, an April report from Morgan Stanley had predicted a launch within 3-9 months. Jio is expected to have at least 30 million subscribers by the end of this financial year with a revenue of over $1 billion, said the 25 April research report.
The Jio site will offer a slew of other facilities to users like recharging their accounts and availing other benefits and services.