The growth of Reliance Jio subscriber base and its free offering till 2016-17 fourth quarter has led to an 11.7 percent year-on-year decline (8.5 percent quarter-on-quarter decline) in industry revenues, a report by Jefferies said. Also Read - Jio Freedom Plans 2021: Jio launches 5 new prepaid plans with no daily data limit - check detailsAlso Read - How to recharge your Jio number via WhatsApp
“The growth of Reliance Jio subscriber base and its free offering till the end of fourth quarter of 2016-17, has led to an 11.7 percent year-on-year decline (8.5 percent quarter-on-quarter decline) in industry revenues. “Reliance Jio effect was also evident in the decline being maximum in metro and A circles where Reliance Jio has a higher penetration, and where the smartphone ecosystem is better developed,” the report said.
The report said Jio has continued to increase its subscriber base steadily to over 108 million by the end of fourth quarter of 2016-17 with an active subscriber base of 80 million. The most recent month has seen a slowdown in additions, primarily on the back of a limited 4G device ecosystem. ALOS READ: Reliance Jio helped India reach 15th spot in 4G availability: Survey
Total 4G smartphone installed base of 131 million in India implies thatJio is penetrated into 86 per cent of the devices (61 percent by active subscribers). It stated the higher growth from data services, the decline in voice and the lower investments made by operators outside the top three has started showing up in a steeper decline in revenue for them. ALOS READ: Reliance Jio is hiring engineers and techies to expand telecom services
“The Top-3 combined now have a 76 percent revenue market share in the industry. As we stressed in previous reports, this decline in smaller operators would be extrapolated to industry consolidation. However, we think India will remain a five player market at best, with three equally strong competitors (Bharti, Voda-Idea combined, Jio) being as bad for incumbents as a fragmented market at present,” the report added.