Reliance Jio, with the news of entering broadband space with its FTTH GigaFiber service, has already created panic among existing providers. But it has been a while since the company has shared any update on when the commercial rollout of its high-speed 100Mbps fiber optic broadband is going to take place pan India.
People have been curious to know more about Jio GigaFiber rollout, its plans, and lucrative preview offer. Reliance Jio has already started taking registrations for its GigaFiber service across India and promised that the service will reach an area with the highest demand. If that hasn’t worked out for you, there might finally be some good news.
India Today is reporting that Reliance Jio GigaFiber services will start in major cities by March 2019. There’s no exact launch date, but GigaFiber is said to enter tier II and tier III cities as well. Currently, Jio GigaFiber is available for limited users in Mumbai and Delhi.
Reliance Jio boasts of executing largest greenfield fixed-line broadband rollout anywhere in the world with its GigaFiber service rolling out in 1,100 cities simultaneously. This is only the first phase of the rollout, which will include cities like Agra, Bengaluru, Chennai, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Patna, Allahabad, Raipur, Nagpur, Ghaziabad, Pune, Indore, Thane, Bhopal, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Nashik, and Guwahati among others.
Anticipating users can expect to hear more on the commercial rollout in March. Reliance Jio also hasn’t shared details of its plans, including the prices. But there’s a Jio GigaFiber preview offer that’s being offered to early adopters.
Under the GigaFiber preview offer, users must pay a refundable deposit of Rs 4,500 towards the GigaFiber router and GigaTV set-top-box. Then, users will get 100GB data with up to 100Mbps speed for 90 days for free. If you exhaust the allotted data, there’s an option to top up 40GB data via MyJio app or Jio.com, although pricing on the same is still unknown.
Going by some reports, Jio GigaFiber plans are expected to for start as low as Rs 500 a month, where users get 300GB data at 50Mbps speeds. The next tier will be Rs 750 a month for 450GB data at 50Mbps speeds. The telco will also offer two mid-level plans at Rs 999 and Rs 1,299, which will give 600GB and 750GB of data at 100Mbps, respectively. The top-end package will come at Rs 1,500 that will give 900GB at speeds up to 150Mbps.
At these rates, Reliance Jio will give tough competition to the existing telcos, including Airtel, BSNL and ACT Fibernet. Besides offering internet at high speeds, Reliance Jio could offer landline, IPTV and smart home solutions, but at a later point.