During the 41st AGM of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) held on 5th July 2018, RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani made an important announcement related to fiber-based broadband services. The services named under Jio GigaFiber are slated to commence operations by November this year, possibly around Diwali festival. Jio will open the registrations for JioGigaFiber from 15 August.
GigaFiber broadband services will be offered across 1,100 cities through Jio’s strong presence across the country. After the commercial launch of Jio 4G services on 5 September 2016, Jio crossed 200 million subscribers within first 21 months. Jio has been constantly developing its infrastructure across the Country and the same would now help RIL to offer quality service to its GigaFiber customers.
India is ranked quite low at 134th position in the global ranking for fixed broadband, for which poor fixed-line infrastructure is to be blamed as per RIL Chairman. He added, “Optical fiber based fixed-line broadband is the future and Jio is determined to move India to among the top 5 in fixed-line broadband.” Jio has already invested more than Rs. 2,50,000 crore for creating state-of-the-art digital infrastructure to provide mobile and broadband connectivity across the Country. This fiber connectivity will be now extended to homes, merchants, small and medium enterprises and large enterprises simultaneously across 1100 cities to offer the most advanced fiber-based broadband connectivity solutions, he further added.
Jio GigaFiber aims to provide quality services including Home Broadband, Ultra High Definition entertainment on large screen TVs; Video Conferencing; Voice-Activated Virtual Assistants like Google’s Home Assistant & Amazon’s Echo, Alexa; Virtual Reality Gaming, Smart Home Solutions and other digital services. Jio GigaFiber will be the largest greenfield fixed-line broadband roll-out of the world with the services to be rolled out in 1100 cities simultaneously.
Jio is expected to follow the business model followed in Western Countries, under which it will provide multiple services under a single access plan. This will bring down the costing factor for users and will further help RIL increase sales and market share. Jio GigaFiber service will include a GigaFiber router and GigaTV set top box for 4K enabled media connectivity and streaming services on TV. The GigaTV service is expected to offer access to over 600 channels along with thosands of movies, songs and other content. The package will also include Jio applications like JioTV, JioCinema, JioCloud, JioStore and others.
Registrations for Jio GigaFiber can be done through MyJio app or www.jio.com. The registrations will be free, while the customers might be asked to deposit Rs 4500 at the time of installation, some reports suggest. The fee deposited in this case will be refundable in case of discontinuation of the services.
Mr. Ambani had said during the AGM, “We are determined to connect everyone and everything, everywhere – always at the highest quality and the most affordable price.” The statement is expected to be a reality with the rollout of GigaFiber broadband services. Here’s what the Jio GigaFiber broadband plans might look like:
|Rs. 500||50 Mbps||300 GB|
|Rs. 750||50 Mbps||450 GB|
|Rs. 999||100 Mbps||600 GB|
|Rs. 1299||100 Mbps||750 GB|
|Rs. 1500||100 Mbps||900 GB|
* All plans are expected to have 30-day validity period.
With 18,230,000 fixed-broadband subscribers, India currently holds 137th global rank and both the numbers will get better post the Jio GigaFiber broadband launch, as the company is providing high-speed internet services at affordable prices. Also, if everything goes right then this will surely boost the Digital India program to get even closer to its goal.