Reliance Jio: The New Telecom Service Provider to Indian Railways From 2019

Reliance Jio: The New Telecom Service Provider to Indian Railways From 2019

Reliance Jio has got the new contract to serve as the telecom operator to Indian Railways. The telecom operator will be starting from January 1, replacing Bharti Airtel. Bharti Airtel has remained the telecom service provider to the Indian Railways for over 6 years and its CUG scheme expires on December 31. Closed User group (CUG) is a supplementary service provided by the mobile operators to subscribers who can make and receive calls from any member associated within the group.
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Reliance Jio to Implement the New CUG Scheme

In the process, the Mukesh Ambani-owned telco got the contract to provide the services asked in the scheme. While the other telecom operators agreed to offer the voice calling benefits, Reliance Jio offered the best data rates. Furthermore, with Airtel, the voice calls outside of the Railways CUG were chargeable. Reliance Jio will keep it free for all the circles and the plans will be effective from January 1.

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Jio Services

For Railways, Jio has divided its services into four different plans. Starting from the senior-most officials, there is a 60 GB plan for INR 125 per month. Note that this group contributes to only two percent of subscribers. For joint secretary level officials, the plan offers 45 GB for a monthly price of INR 99. This group contributes to 26 percent subscribers. For the C- Grade staff, with most subscribers (72 percent), there is a 30 GB plan, priced at INR 67 per month.

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Reliance Jio against Bharti Airtel

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Like we mentioned earlier, Bharti Airtel has been serving the Indian Railways for 6 years now and the Railway decides to ditch it, this time around. Airtel and Vodafone were offering free calls, their data packs were costlier and that’s why Jio got the deal. The recharge plans from Reliance Jio have always been cheaper as compared to other telcos for regular users. The Railway officials believe that with the new CUG scheme worked out by Jio, the phone bills of the department will be reduced by 35 percent. During Airtel’s service period, Railways spent 100 crores every year on their phone bill. Airtel started with 1.95 Lakhs Railway employee accounts, which have now increased to 3.78 lakh and now Jio will handle these many accounts.

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