For Rs 600, Jio Gigafiber will offer 100Mbps broadband, TV and landline connections: All you need to know
Jio GigaFiber has been creating a lot of hype since its introduction last year. The high-speed broadband service from Jio has been under a public beta test for a while, offering free access to the Internet for subscribers. One can avail the GigaFiber service by simply paying a deposit sum of Rs 4,500 for the Wi-Fi router while paying no money for the subscription until the rollout of the commercial service. Reliance has so far kept mum about the expected pricing of the GigaFiber subscription but a leak from the industry insiders suggest Reliance is aiming for Jio's 2016 disruptive pricing rerun.
In a recent report by Live Mint, industry insiders have suggested that Reliance will offer a subscription to GigaFiber for Rs 600 per month. The monthly plan will include a subscription to the broadband plan with 100GB data and speeds up to 100Mbps. Along with the data allotment, Jio will also offer a free subscription to its DTH and Landline services that are expected to be rolled out within a period of three months. The three services will be free to use for up to a year before the services are rolled out commercially.
"All these offerings will be powered through an ONT (Optical Network Terminal) box router which can connect 40-45 devices such as mobile phones, smart TVs, laptops, tablets and a range of smart devices," said the person familiar to the matter. "While the triple combo-which will offer 600 channels with seven-day catch-up option, landline and 100Mbps broadband-will be priced Rs 600 a month, the tariff for adding other smart home services may cost extra and depending on the plan, the tariff could go up to Rs 1,000 a month," the person added.
The report adds that the Rs 600 subscription will offer TV services via the landline connection. However, instead of a conventional cable or DTH-based service, Jio's TV service will use IPTV technology, i.e. it will broadcast TV channels via the Internet. It remains to be seen how TRAI deals with the regulations of IPTV and whether Jio's TV service will be exempt from the new rules and regulations that TRAI imposed in February.