After disrupting the Indian telecom sector with its competitive data plans and cheap feature phones, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio is now eyeing to capture a slice of the wired broadband space. And to achieve that, Jio has already started rolling its JioFiber service in select markets in the country.
The company has started offering fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband connections with 1.1TB of free data at a speed of 100mbps in select cities in the country, reported The Hindu. It is expected to roll out commercial services in the second half of the year.
As a part of its initial FTTH plan, the company plans to give away 100GB of free data at a speed of 100mbps. Once that data limit is exhausted, users will be able to opt for a top-up of 40GB of free data 25 times in a month, which basically means that the company is giving away 1,100GB of data free to its users in a month, sources close to the company told the English daily.
The internet service provider (ISP) is planning to roll out its JioFiber service for both commercial and household users where it is aiming for 100 million television users across 30 cities in the country. As far as the residential services of JioFiber are concerned, users will be able to connect multiple devices using Jio’s dual band JioFiber Home Gateway. The company will also offer an “extend” option with its home gateway which will enable them to use the broadband service in every corner of the house without having to install additional wires or hardware. In effect, the “extend” option will work just like regular Wi-Fi device in your homes offering you high-speed Internet connectivity.
Interested customers can avail Reliance Jio’s JioFiber service by paying a refundable security deposit of Rs 4,500. The company will then install the Jio router will which provide broadband connectivity in your house.
However, launching the high-speed broadband connectivity service in residential and in commercial spaces is just a part of the company’s plan. Reliance Jio is planning to launch its internet protocol television (IPTv) services in the country later this year and it is planning to use the Jio router as a set-top box for the service when it is launched. As of now, Reliance Jio is offering its JioFibre service in select cities including Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Chennai among others.