Reliance Jio Fiber to launch commercially in India from September 5 with ₹700 ($10) monthly plan

Reliance Jio Fiber to launch commercially in India from September 5 with ₹700 ($10) monthly plan

Ever since its launch on September 5, 2016, Reliance Jio has revolutionized the way Indians have consumed data. Thanks to Jio’s initial generosity and the subsequent pricing wars that it sparked, 4G LTE data ended up becoming very cheap and widely available, fundamentally altering the way Indians consumed data. The fastest-growing operator in the world had crossed 300 million subscribers by April 2019, is now India’s biggest telecom operator with 340 million subscribers with a network that is already “4G plus” and can be upgraded to 5G at “minimal costs”. At its previous AGM, Reliance had announced its Jio GigaFiber FTTH service, and today, at its 42nd AGM, the company has announced the commercial launch date of Reliance Jio Fiber.

Reliance Jio GigaFiber, or Reliance Jio Fiber as it is now known as, is all set to revolutionize the Indian broadband industry in the same manner as Jio revolutionized 4G. Jio Fiber will commercially launch across India from September 5, 2019; three years after Jio’s historic launch. Jio Fiber will have plans ranging from 100Mbps for ₹700 ($10) per month, going all the way up to 1GBps for ₹10,000 ($140) per month. While Mr. Ambani did not announce any FUP restrictions (Fair Usage Policy), Jio’s plans usually have promised speeds up to a generous limit, and then unlimited data beyond that at throttled speeds.

All Jio Fiber plans in India will come with a free landline connection that will offer free voice calls across the country. International voice calling will also be available through the fixed-line, with one of the plans revealed to have unlimited calling to the US and Canada for just ₹500 ($7) per month, though most families currently utilize app-based free calling solutions such as WhatsApp. Complete plan details for Jio Fiber will be made available closer to the commercial launch date.

Another highlight for Jio Fiber is that the service will come bundled with subscriptions to most leading premium OTT (over-the-top) applications, which we predict will include Hotstar Premium and possibly Netflix. Premium Jio Fiber customers will also be able to watch new movies on the same day on which it is released, thanks to Jio’s “First Day First Show” service that will launch in the middle of 2020.

If you’re still looking for more reasons to be excited about Jio Fiber, Reliance also announced the Jio Fiber Welcome Offer, wherein subscribers opting for the annual “Jio Forever” plans will get an HD/4K TV and a 4K set-top box for free.

Reliance Jio Fiber will aim to connect 20 million Indian residents and 25 billion businesses in the country. RIL will attempt to complete the Jio Fiber rollout in the next 12 months. Reliance also announced the Jio GigaFiber IoT platform that will be commercially available from January 1, 2020; and the Jio HoloBoard mixed reality headset that has been developed in collaboration with Tesseract. There were also announcements made regarding a “zero latency gaming platform” along with a stage demo through the 4K set-top box that has support for most gaming controllers and will support gameplay in 4K. Tencent, Gameloft Microsoft, and others have announced that their games will be available on this set-top box.

We will update our readers with more information regarding the Fiber Plans when they get announced.

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