Farmers’ protest effect: Jio saw dip in subscribers in Punjab & Haryana -Pranav Mukul

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published Published on Feb 19, 2021   modified Modified on Feb 19, 2021

-The Indian Express

Data for December 2020 released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India showed that Punjab and Haryana were the only two states in which Reliance Jio lost subscribers during the month.

India’s largest telecom operator Reliance Jio’s wireless subscriber base in the states of Punjab and Haryana recorded a slide in December 2020, in what is being seen as a potential outcome of the backlash its parent company Reliance Industries Ltd faced from the ongoing protests against farm laws.

Data for December 2020 released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India showed that Punjab and Haryana were the only two states in which Reliance Jio lost subscribers during the month. Also, during December, Jio was the only major operator to have lost subscribers in these two states.

In Punjab, Jio had 1.25 crore subscribers as of end-December, the lowest in the preceding 18 months, falling from 1.40 crore as of November 2020. This was only the second time Jio lost subscribers on a net basis in the state since its commercial launch, with the only other month being December 2019, when all major telecom companies, except state-owned BSNL, reported a fall in subscribers in the Punjab circle.

In Haryana, Jio saw a fall in wireless subscriber numbers to 89.07 lakh in December 2020 from 94.48 lakh in November 2020 — the first time the company witnessed a fall in numbers for Haryana since its commercial launch in September 2016.

An e-mail query sent to Reliance Jio seeking comments went unanswered.

In a statement issued after RIL December-quarter results were reported last month, the company had said: “Higher churn during the quarter at 1.63% due to continued impact of COVID and recent malicious and motivated campaigns against Reliance Group in select geographies”.

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The Indian Express, 19 February, 2021, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/farm-protest-effect-jio-saw-dip-in-subscribers-in-punjab-haryana-7194868/


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