Jio accelerates ‘Jio Bharat’ phone platform for ‘2G-Mukt Bharat’

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Srinagar, July 3: In order to make India '2G-Mukt Bharat', Jio accelerated the 'Jio Bharat' phone platform ushering in an era of transformation.

According to the Jio release, the Beta trial for the first 1 million Jio Bharat phones begins from 7 th July 2023 which will ensure the scalability of the platform and processes for upgrading millions of feature phone users. It will be carried out across 6,500 tehsils.

This segment is most exploited by incumbent operators because users in this segment are unable to afford smartphones. Not only do these users face the issue of affordability but also restrictions from accessing digital services.

Speaking on this occasion, Akash Ambani, Chairman, of Reliance Jio, commented, "There are still 250 million mobile phone users in India who remain 'trapped' in the 2G era, unable to tap into basic features of the internet at a time when the world stands at the cusp of a 5G revolution.

India still has 250 million mobile subscribers trapped in the 2G era with feature phones. These feature phones do not provide internet access, especially when access to technology is a necessity that also uplifts one's livelihood and economic well-being.

"Six years ago, when Jio was launched, we made it clear that Jio will leave no stone unturned to democratize the internet and pass the benefits of technology to every Indian. Technology will no longer remain a privilege for a select few," he said.

Lately, this digital disempowerment and disparity for these feature phone users have become worse, with other telecom operators increasing the minimum price to stay connected by more than twice. Even basic voice services for a 30-day period, which used to cost Rs 99 previously, now costs Rs 199.

Moreover, there will Rs 123 per month for unlimited voice calls and 14 GB data, compared to other operator's Rs 179 plan for voice calls and 2GB data.

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