After a long wait, Reliance Jio finally launched its commercial operations from September 5. The company promises to offer free unlimited HD voice calling, high speed internet compared to other telecom operators and access to its range of content services such as live TV, on-demand movies, music streaming, cloud backup and more. Reliance Jio is also offering high-speed data download at Rs 50 per GB, which is the cheapest in the world. But, Reliance Jio is not just about 4G. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), chairman Mukesh Ambani also talked about the company s efforts on fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service, that promises to offer broadband speeds up to 1Gbps. Now, more details about Reliance Jio Fiber FTTH have surfaced, along with rumored tariff plans, which could start as low as Rs 500. Also Read - Airtel reportedly giving free 1GB high-speed data for 3 days to select usersAlso Read - Jio Glass mixed-reality glasses announced by Reliance Jio
Citing sources, PhoneRadar reports that Reliance Jio is piloting its FTTH services in Mumbai and Delhi with speeds up to 100Mbps. Called Jio Fiber Broadband the report also states that the service is now open for public testing under Welcome Offer for 90 days. After the trial period ends, data plans are likely to start for as low as Rs 500 per month. Let s look at what the Reliance Jio Fiber service is all about.
What is Jio Fiber broadband?
Jio Fiber broadband is basically fiber to the home (FTTH) service. It s quite similar to your existing wireline broadband service, except for the fact that Jio Fiber uses fiber optic technology for establishing high-speed connection. It can offer speeds up to 1Gbps (or 125MBps). Do note, here its MBps (megabytes per second) and not Mbps (megabits per second). What it means is that the network is capable of downloading 125MB per second. Theoretically, if you want to download a video of 500MB, it would roughly take four seconds, when at full speed. Yes, it s that insanely fast. Mukesh Ambani did mention during his speech that the service will be offered to both home and business subscribers.
What about the setup?
To begin with, your home or office should fall in the feasible area where Reliance Jio can install the required wiring. The company is also offering LYF branded fiber router and LAN connection free to preview users. Currently, there is no word on the pricing of the router, or if it supports Wi-Fi connectivity. However, the router is expected to be priced somewhere around Rs 6,000. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio Welcome Offer on Samsung Z2, here s everything you need to know
Reliance Jio Fibre plans
While Reliance Jio hasn t officially disclosed about the charges or launch, reports suggest that there will be three types of plans: Silver, Gold and Platinum. With prices starting at Rs 500 per month, plans will be speed and volume based. Currently, under the Welcome Offer, Reliance Jio is officially offering 100GB data but reportedly it continues working even after exhausting that data limit. Users also get free access to Jio premium apps including JioTV, JioCinema and JioMusic. The Welcome Offer is valid for 90 days after activation. According to details obtained by the publication, there could be speed based tariff plan, volume based tariff plan and special offer tariff plan. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio reportedly working on Car Connect OBD for in-car entertainment and safety
Speed based tariffs: There are five plans, each having a validity of 30 days. The first plan offers 50Mbps speed with data cap of 2,000GB (or 2TB). The other plans offer 100Mbps speed with data cap of 1,000GB (or 1TB), 200Mbps with data cap of 750GB, 400Mbps with data cap of 500GB and 600Mbps with data cap of 300GB. As you can see, as speed increases, the amount of data you can download decreases. However, the pricing for these plans is unknown. All plans also include free app usage between Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,500, which differs from one plan to the other.
Volume based tariff: There are five plans in here, each having validity of 30 days. While the pricing and speed isn t mentioned, you get data of 5GB per day, to 60GB per day. It also includes free app usage between Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,500 for different plans. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio 4G LTE launch: 5 reasons why you shouldn t port from your existing cellphone carrier, just yet
Special offer tariff: Here, too there are six plans. Out of these there is one plan with just one day validity, and rest of them have 30 days validity. The one day validity plan is priced at Rs 400 with unlimited data download, but the speed isn t mentioned. There are three plans priced at Rs 500 one offers 600GB data at 15Mbps speed, other offers 3.5GB data per day at unknown speed, and the last one offers 60Mbps speed, with no mention of data benefits. Then there is a Rs 800 plan with unlimited download at 10Mbps speed, and another at Rs 1,000 with 500GB download at 25Mbps speed.
Clearly, if these plans turn out to be true, Reliance Jio Fibre can change the entire landscape of broadband in India. It is one of the things that will take India a step closer from being a developing nation to a developed nation. However, we cannot vouch for the veracity of these plans as these have not been officially announced by Reliance Jio.