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Reliance Jio GigaFiber Launch Likely Soon

About a year after its unveiling in the company’s last annual general meeting (AGM), Reliance Industries is likely to launch Jio GigaFiber services soon, according to a report. Based on fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology, Reliance Jio GigaFiber is a combo service that bundles broadband, landline and TV connections. Just like Reliance Jio, which became India’s top mobile service operator in just three years, Jio GigaFiber is also expected to be a market disruptor with its cheap pricing plans.

The commercial launch of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services is likely to be announced during RIL AGM on August 12, according to a recent report in The Hindu.

Having announced its decision to lay FTTH network for its broadband services across 1,600 cities in India, Jio is yet to announce its pricing plans. The telecom operator has been conducting trial runs and preview offers since the last few months.

Reliance Jio GigaFiber broadband, TV, landline plan:

Reliance Jio GigaFiber will offer broadband at the speed of 1 gigabytes per second (gbps), 600 TV channels and a landline connection — all for a monthly subscription price of just Rs. 600, Mint had earlier reported.

As indicated on its website, Jio GigaFiber plans will be available both in prepaid and postpaid options.

Jio users will also have to pay a security deposit of Rs. 4,500 to get the ONT device (GigaHub Home Gateway) provided by the operator. The deposit will be refunded if the customer chooses to discontinue using the Jio GigaFiber services.

The ONT device will act as the router for the broadband service.

What’s on offer now:

Currently, Reliance Jio is running a broadband preview plan which gives ultra-high-internet speed of up to 100 Mbps free for a limited period. Under the preview offer, there are no installation charges but there is a refundable security deposit of Rs.  2,500 for the ONT device.

Jio Gigafiber speed:

Reliance Jio has promised that its broadband service will offer a minimum of 1 Mbps speed that will go upto 1 Gbps. A recent survey report has already crowned Jio GigaFiber as India’s No. 1 internet service provider in terms of speed. In February 2019, Netflix ISP Speed Index report found that Reliance Jio GigaFiber was running at a speed of 3.61 Mbps.

Reliance Jio had recently sought suggestions from users of its MyJio app on what should be the name of its broadband service. Users were given three options to choose from: JioFiber, JioHome and JioGigaFiber.―Livemint

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