Jio Fiber is a fibre-to-the-home internet broadband service provided by telecom operator Reliance Jio Infocomm, part of the Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance group. The service was first announced as Jio GigaFiber in 2018 at the Reliance Industries 41st annual general meeting. Later renamed Jio Fiber, it is scheduled for a commercial launch on September 5, 2019.
The Jio Fiber service is currently under trials at select locations in several cities and states. The FTTH broadband service promises a speed of up to 1 Gigabit per second. Besides, it would be the core technology enabler behind the GigaTV platform and the company’s products in the internet of thing (IoT) ecosystem.
Currently, the Jio Fiber broadband service is offered at select locations across the country under the company’s preview offer. In the preview offer, the broadband service is provided by the company without any cost. But, to obtain the connection, a user needs to deposit a refundable security deposit of Rs 4,500 for a 100Mbps and Rs 2,500 for 50Mbps connection. Though there is no deadline for the preview offer, it is expected to end soon after the commercial launch.
Though the company is yet to unveil Jio Fiber plans, Ambani announced at Reliance Industries’ 42nd annual general meeting that the Jio Fiber base plan with a 100Mbps speed would start at Rs 700. The company also shared its plans to launch ‘Jio forever’ data plans, in which a free 4K LED television will be bundled with a Jio Fiber connection set-top box.
The bundled set-top box would be capable of streaming 4K resolution content. It will also support console-like gaming with support for external joysticks and controllers. It will have a provision to make video calls and also be capable of providing mixed reality experience for shopping, education, etc. Besides content from other platforms, the set-top box would come with a built-in suite for Jio apps, for entertainment, educations, cloud services, etc.