Reliance Jio users’ data consumption falls after ban on pornographic websites

Reliance Jio saw its average data consumption per user, per month fall to 10.8 GB in the December quarter from 11 GB in the September quarter. This assumes significance as it follows a government ban on pornographic websites.

Confirming the development, Anshuman Thakur, head of strategy and planning, Reliance Jio, told leading newspaper “Yes, you can say that.

“It’s a marginal dip. We are looking at various ways to drive our data consumption. Jio phone users data consumption is almost at par with any smart phone user.”

In a judgment on September 28, 2018, the Uttarakhand High Court had directed Internet service providers (ISPs) to abide by the Union government’s order to ban hundreds of pornographic sites. Back in August 2015, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had directed the ISPs to block more than 800 websites showing porn, or face the risk of losing their licences.

Following this, Reliance Jio has been blocking hundreds of such websites on its network since October, 2018.


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