Reliance Industries's chairman Mukesh Ambani had announced details of Jio's upcoming high-speed broadband internet service, Jio Fiber, at company's AGM earlier this week. Ambani said the prices of the Jio Fiber plans would range between ₹700 and ₹10,000, all of which would also come with a fixed line connection, Jio’s set-top box and access to the best OTT media services. Here are eight of the biggest announcements surrounding Jio Fiber:
The subscription to Jio Fiber will start from ₹700 a month, with internet speed starting from 100 Mbps. The ₹10,000 plan targets 'power users'. Ambani said the average fixed-line download speed in the US, the most developed economy in the world, is around 90 Mbps.
Fixed line connection
Jio Fiber broadband plans will come bundled with a landline connection, HD or 4K set top box and access to Jio's Internet of Things (IoT). Ambani promised free voice calls for life from the fixed line connection. Jio is also bringing down the cost of international voice calling and will offer offer unlimited ISD calling to US, Canada at ₹500/month.
Jio also announced a set top box that will allow access to possibly the largest collection of TV channels, thanks to Jio’s acquisition of three multiple system operators (MSOs) -- DEN, Hathway and GTPL -- who have direct relationships with over 30,000 LCOs. The landline, broadband and set-top-box would all be connected via fiber-optic cables.
First Day First Show
Jio will also introduce a 'disruptive concept' of watching movies that it calls 'Jio First Day First Show'. The service will be launched in mid-2020 and it will let Premium Jio Fiber users to watch movies as soon as they are released in theatres.
Free 4K TV with Jio Forever
Jio will also come up with Jio Forever plans for customers opting for annual plans. Such long-term subscribers will get an HD or 4K LED TV and a 4K set top box absolutely free. Jio hasn't mentioned the make, brand or size of the LED TV nor has it mentioned if that would require any sort of security deposit.
Jio will support console gaming with compatibility for all gaming controllers. The set top box will come with a built-in graphics card. Jio has also partnered with companies like Tencent Games and Microsoft to bring in more games in the future. Jio also promises zero latency gaming with its set top box.
Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality (VR and MR)
Jio’s set top box will be equipped to support VR and MR content in different categories like shopping, education and movies. MR shopping will let users experience the clothes they wish to purchase. Jio will also launch its Holoboard MR headset soon. The MR headset is developed by Tessarect, a start-up Jio invested in recently.
Jio says that it has developed an innovative service on its pan-India 4G network called Narrowband Internet-of-Things or NBIoT. Using this service with smart sensors whether residential, industrial or public, the company is looking to connect the whole of India. Jio claims the service will be commercially available from January 1, 2020. Within two years of launch, Jio estimates that there will be more than two billion connected IoT devices in India. The company at least aims to connect one billion of those through Jio’s IoT platform.