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.

Also Read: Reliance Jio Fiber's 849 Silver monthly plan: Everything you need to know

The release said that Jio will provide attractive EMI schemes through bank tie-ups so that customers get the benefits of annual plans by paying monthly EMIs.


— Jio Fiber set-top box

The Jio Fiber set-top box has been designed in such a way that it can accept TV signals directly from cable operators. RIL has already acquired controlling stakes in Hathway, DEN and GTPL


Freebies

Jio is offering goodies to welcome people to its FTTH service. The kind of freebies you get depend on the plan you've chosen.

Bronze Plan: Muse 6W speaker (worth 2,999)

Silver Plan: Thump 2 12W speakers (worth 3,999)

Gold and Diamond Plan: 24-inch HD TV (worth 12,990)

Platinum Plan: 32-inch HD TV ( 32,990)

Titanium Plan: 43-inch 4K TV ( 44,990)


— Jio Fiber tariffs

Titanium — 8,499

Price: 8499

Speed: 1 GBPS

Plan Benefits: Unlimited high speed data for 30 days (5000 GB)

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)

VR Experience: Theatre-like personal experience on a VR headset

Premium Content: First Day-First Show movies, special sports content

Goodie: 43-inch 4K TV ( 44,990)

Platinum — 3,999

Price: 3999

Speed: 1 GBPS

Plan Benefits: Unlimited high speed data for 30 days (2500 GB)

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)

VR Experience: Theatre-like personal experience on a VR headset

Premium Content: First Day-First Show movies, special sports content

Goodie: 32-inch HD TV ( 32,990)

Diamond — 2,499

Price: 2499

Speed: 500 MBPS

Plan Benefits: Unlimited high speed data for 30 days (1250GB + 250 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)

VR Experience: Theatre-like personal experience on a VR headset

Premium Content: First Day-First Show movies, special sports content

Goodie: 24-inch HD TV (worth 12,990)

Gold — 1,299

Price: 1299

Speed: 250 MBPS

Plan Benefits: Unlimited high speed data for 30 days (500GB + 250 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: 24-inch HD TV (worth 12,990)

Silver — 849

Price: 849

Speed: 100MBPS (Unlimited)

Plan Benefits: High speed data for 30 days (200GB+ 200GB 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: Thump 2 12W speakers (worth 3,999)

Bronze Plan699

Price: 699

Speed: 100MBPS(Unlimited)

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.

Competition

Early this week, Bharti Airtel announced a new STB for 3,999 on Xstream platform to offer content of video streaming mobile apps, except few leading over-the-top players, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos and Hotstar.

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).

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