Reliance industries’ Chairman Mukesh Ambani announced the company’s plans to launch its FTTH service ‘JioFiber’ at its annual General Meeting in Mumbai last month. Looking at the announced prices one can say that this will be yet another game changer launched by the company after the announcement of its telecom service two years ago. This time to shake up the fixed-line broadband industry.
The service is slated to begin from the 5th of September with a cost of Rs 700 per month for its most basic connection and Rs 10,000 per month for the most high-end one. The service will give users a speed of 100 Mbps at the former price and 1Gbps with the latter. At an introductory offer, users can even get it for free with only a refundable deposit of Rs 2500 for the first two months.
Other attractions of the service is access to OTT services as well as Family data plans with data sharing. JioFiber along with Jio Home Phone- its landline service will offer free voice calls to all the mobile and landline connections in India.
Currently the company’s plans are to launch its connections in cities of in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Surat, Vadodara, Chennai, Noida, Ghaziabad, Bhubaneshwar, Varanasi, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Surat, Agra, Meerut, Vizag, Lucknow, Jamshedpur, Haridwar, Gaya, Patna, Port Blair, and some more cities and states.
Already open, interested individuals can register themselves for a connection by logging on to JioFiber’s website and entering their contact details. Following approval by their housing society, they will gain access to the service.
“In India, even the most basic Jio Giga Fiber will start at 100 mbps at the lowest end. We have plans to go all the way to 1 Gbps. We are pricing our plan at one-tenth of global rate to make it accessible for every home," Ambani said at the launch. The company says it does not see a target of achieving half a billion customers to be very difficult.
Not only the broadband industry, Jio also plans on expanding by launching an IOT service by mid-2020....