By Nikhil Cariappa
Reliance Jio has launched VoLTE (Voice Over Long Term Evolution) based inbound international roaming between India and Japan. Japan’s KDDI, will utilise Jio’s VoLTE based international roaming services in India. Subscribers of KDDI (who use the ‘AU’ network in Japan) will have complete access to Jio’s 4G network for VoLTE calls when they travel to India.
Jio claims that it is the first telco to launch this service in India. Inbound international roaming refers to subscribers of foreign networks who are currently roaming in the home network. For Q2FY19, Jio users spent an average of 761 minutes on VoLTE calls per month.
In India, users of Airtel, Jio, Vodafone and Idea can use VoLTE.
Reliance Jio earnings Q2FY19
Reliance Jio Infocomm reported a net profit of Rs 681 crore, an increase of 11% over the preceding quarter. Net profit had reflected a higher growth of 20% in the last quarter (Q1FY2019). Its operating revenue stood at Rs 9240 crore, up by almost 14% from last quarter, while EBITDA stood at Rs 3573 crore in this quarter also reflecting an increase of 13.5% over the last quarter.
At the end of the quarter, the company claims to have 252 million subscribers, up by 17% from the last quarter when it counted 215 million subscribers. It did not disclose how many of these connections were actually active. For example, as on November 2017, only 81% of Jio’s then 152 million connections were active, per TRAI data.