Here are the live updates around the commercial launch of Jio Fiber high-speed broadband service
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Jio on Thursday announced launch of fiber-based broadband services, offering minimum internet speed of 100 Mbps for a monthly rental of ₹699. Jio Fiber will offer broadband internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps for ₹8,499 per month, the company said in a statement. The broadband service will offer unlimited data, free voice calling to anywhere in India as well as TV video calling/conferencing.
For existing JioFiber users, Jio will get in touch with them for upgrading their services.
Here are the highlights:
— Long Term Plans
There will also be long-term plans - 3, 6 and 12 months - which will provide substantially higher value. Every JioFiber will get a set-top box even with a monthly plan.
Plan Benefits: High speed data for 30 days (100GB + 50 GB Extra)
Free Voice anywhere in India
TV Video Calling/Conferencing: (Included Worth ₹1200/Year)
Gaming: (Included Worth ₹1200/Year)
Home Networking: Content Sharing at home and outside
Device Secutity: Upto five devices (Worth ₹999/Year)
Goodie: Muse 6W speaker (worth ₹2,999)
— Jio Welcome Offer
Devices: Jio Home Gateway(Worth ₹5,000)+ Jio 4K Set Top Box( Worth Rs6,400)
Entertainment OTT Applications + 3 Months of JioCinema+ JioSaavn+ 3 months OTT Apps +Annual Subscription of OTT apps
— Beginning of a new and exciting journey: Akash Ambani
Akash Ambani, Director, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, at the commercial launch of Jio Fiber said the company will be working hard to bring more such services.
"Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and all of JioFiber has been designed with the sole purpose of giving you a delightful experience. The launch of JioFiber, with its revolutionary services is just the beginning of a new and exciting journey," he added.
— How to apply for Jio Fiber
Application process for Jio Fiber is simple and online—you can apply for a Jio Fiber broadband connection at its website. Once the services begin in your area, Reliance Jio sales team will contact you to seek identity documents following which you will get a connection. So far, around 5 lakh people have already applied for a Jio Fiber connection.
— Expected speeds
At the AGM, Isha Ambani and Akash Ambani demoed the speeds of the upcoming broadband service. The screens showed peak speeds of 1,008Mbps and a latency (or ping) of 3 ms. The current preview offer customers have speeds capped at 100Mbps.
— First Day First Show
Reliance Fiber will introduce "a disruptive concept" for watching new movies at home on the release day. This service will be launched in the mid 2020, but it is worth mentioning now.
Airtel Xstream subscribers get access to ZEE5, Hooq, Hoi Choi, Eros Now, HungamaPlay, ShemarooMe, Ultra and Curiosity Stream for first year after which customers can continue their subscription by paying annual fee of ₹999.
The STB can also be connected with Airtel's DTH service for accessing live TV channels.
It is also available in the form a USB stick, much like the Amazon Fire Stick or Google Chromecast.
— Jio Forever Plans
Ambani at the AGM introduced Jio Forever Plans that will give long-term users an HD or 4k LED television and 4k set-top box for free. The brand and make of the TV might be announced today.
— Jio turns three today
The country's youngest and only profitable telecom operator took the revolutionary step of making voice calls completely free and brought data prices to rock-bottom—three years ago. Ambani credits the idea to his daughter Isha Ambani who had complained of slow internet speeds at her Mumbai house when she was on a holiday break during her college days at Yale. Here's a lookback at the ideation of the telecom company.
— Reliance Industries shares march up
Reliance Industries shares rose ahead of the commercial launch of its Jio Fiber broadband services. Reliance Industries Ltd shares rose 0.6% while rival Bharti Airtel Ltd's fell 0.6%. Its share price is up over 3% since 12 August.
— Landline services
Reliance will offer fixed line services with all of its Fiber packages. Voice calling to any Indian operator would be free. Jio also promised to reduce the prices of international calls.
"ISD calling tariffs would be 1/5th to 1/10th of industry rates. We are offering unlimited US/Canada pack at ₹500 per month," Ambani said at the AGM.
— Complimentary set-top box for all: Sources
"All Jio Fiber customers will get complimentary set top box," the PTI source said. Jio Fiber customers will have access to movies and other video content of leading entertainment mobile apps, whose subscription fee will be bundled in the monthly broadband connection rates and no separate charges will be levied, the source added.
— Jio Set-top box features
Apart from delivering content from leading streaming services, the set-top box will also allow access to video calling service on TV sets. The customer will need to attach a camera with the STB for the service. The set-top box will also provide access to a large number of cable TV channels, as the company as worked extensively to poach in local cable operators (LCOs).