Landline and TV will be added to Reliance Jio GigaFiber over the next three months, and will remain free for about a year
While the landline will come with unlimited calling facility, television channels will be delivered over the internet
Mumbai:Reliance Jio GigaFiber will offer a broadband-landline-TV combo service for ₹600 a month, and additional facilities plus the option to connect at least 40 devices to its smart home network for up to ₹1,000, a person aware of the development said.
Currently, Reliance Jio is pilot-testing GigaFiber in New Delhi and Mumbai, providing 100 gigabytes (GB) of data at 100 megabytes per second (mbps) for free, except for the ₹4,500 one-time deposit for a router. To this, telephone and television services will be added in the next three months, and all three services will remain free for about a year, when the service will be commercially rolled out, the person mentioned above said on condition of anonymity.
While the landline will come with unlimited calling facility, television channels will be delivered over the internet (Internet Protocol Television).
“All these offerings will be powered through an ONT (Optical Network Terminal) box router which can connect 40-45 devices such as mobile phones, smart TVs, laptops, tablets and a range of smart devices," the person cited above said. Additional services could include gaming, closed-circuit television and smart home systems.
“While the triple combo—which will offer 600 channels with seven-day catch-up option, landline and 100 mbps broadband—will be priced ₹600 a month, the tariff for adding other smart home services may cost extra and depending on the plan, the tariff could go up to ₹1,000 a month," the person added.
With speeds of at least 100 mpbs, going up to 1 gigabytes per second (gbps), Jio GigaFiber will also enable storing CCTV surveillance footage and other data on the cloud, making it accessible across devices.
Moreover, the wired broadband market is a highly under-penetrated one. As of February end, there were just 18.29 million wired broadband users as against 531.54 million mobile broadband subscribers, data from the telecom regulator showed.
Registrations for Jio GigaFiber had opened in August last year.
Through these investments, Reliance Jio had said in October last year, it plans to boost 27,000 local cable operators that are aligned with Den and Hathway through superior back-end infrastructure, tie-ups with content producers, and investment in digital infrastructure for connecting customers.
Mint could not ascertain the current size of Jio GigaFiber’s footprint.
An email sent to Reliance Jio was unanswered till publishing of this story.
On Monday, RIL shares fell 2.76% to ₹1,344.80 apiece on the BSE while the benchmark Sensex shed 1.26% to end the day at 38,645.18
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