Reliance Jio To Soon Offer Broadband Service; To Give 100GB Data/Month At 100 Mbps
Reliance Jio is ready to disrupt the market, this time in broadband connectivity. The news of RJio working on its own Fiber to the Home (FTTH- JioFiber broadband service- has been around for over a year now.
While initially the service was set to launch by the end of 2017 but that has not happened. Now, new reports suggest that JioFiber will go live by March 2018.
With speeds of up to 100Mbps, JioFiber will adopt a similar strategy employed by Reliance Jio in accumulating a wide user base initially by offering free services for a limited period of time and then switching to a nominal fee for its broadband connectivity.
The JioFiber service is long-awaited and is supposed to be the next big thing for the company since the rollout of its 4G LTE service network in September 2016.
Reliance Jio’s Fiber Preview offer has already been rolled out in select areas of Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Surat, and Vadodara. Testing had begun in some select residential colonies in the city of Chennai in September 2016.
The details of the JioFiber service was previously leaked on Jio’s official website. At the time of the launch, Jio could offer 100GB of data per month at 100 Mbps speed for three months, which will be effectively free. Reliance Jio could ask for a refundable security deposit of Rs. 4,500 for its service.
With Reliance Jio’s JioFiber, users should be able to stream 4K content and connect multiple devices to JioFiber to enjoy the high-speed Internet.
Jio’s broadband offer will come with a JioMedia share device, a smart set-top box, routers and Power Line Communication devices, in a bid to promote additional Jio services.
Later when the offer period ends, the broadband service prices are expected to start at Rs 500 for 600 GB data and for 1000 GB data at 100Mbps speed subscribers would be required to pay Rs 2,000 a month.
As was the case with the Reliance Jio’s introductory offers, the initial offers with JioFiber are expected to trigger a tariff war among popular network providers.
However, unlike the cellular network, the Fiber will have to be spread across a wide network physically. This might give the competition a buffer time to cope with the aggressive pricing.
Apart from Airtel, state-owned BSNL and MTNL networks will be affected by the entrance of Reliance Jio in the broadband arena.