Although Jio GigaFiber broadband commercial rollout of the service was done today, they have still not revealed any details regarding plans, data usage and availability. This only implies that the commercial rollout of Jio Fiber has been delayed due to some unforeseen circumstances. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd., made an announcement related to Jio Fiber on August 12 at the annual board meeting. Jio Fiber broadband services will be available across India starting today and its plans and prices were expected to be announced today. Considered to be the cheapest broadband plans, Jio is all set to revolutionise the digital space in India.
Jio GigaFiber is offering the standard fixed internet connection and will be accompanied by fixed-line phone service. With the JioFiber set-top box, comes a comprehensive package of free broadband and voice calling, TV video calling and video conferencing facility with 4 simultaneous users, a smart home connectivity platform, a dedicated gaming service, AR and VR capabilities, subscription to all streaming apps and more.
It has been long-anticipated that Reliance Jio will disclose the Jio GigaFiber subscription plans today along with prices. The range of plans had been unveiled in the meeting but the details are expected to come out anytime soon. Base Plan will start from ₹700 and premium services will be charged at ₹10,000/ month. The higher the plans go, the more benefits will be extended.
On a broader level, the customers will be entitled to free voice calls via landline for life and broadband base speed clocking at 100MB/s. Depending upon the plans selected, the fastest one will top out at 1GB/s. Upon consumption of the monthly quota, users can recharge their Jio Fiber data plan with a booster pack that offers 40GB additional data. Freebies offered include a free HD TV provided you opt for the annual plan.
A subscriber can watch free OTT content from apps like JioCinema, JioTV and JioSaavn which will come preloaded. Jio will also be offering ‘Jio First Day First Show‘ service for the premium JioFiber customer. He will be given the offer to watch a film at home on the day of its release.
“For the first time in India, we are introducing a disruptive concept for watching new movies. Premium Jio Fiber customers will be able to watch movies in their living rooms the same day these movies are released in theatres,” Mukesh Ambani had announced at the Reliance Industries AGM last month.
Irrespective of the plan selected, Jio doesn’t intend to press charges for installation. But you will have to pay upfront a security deposit of ₹4,500 for the Jio GigaFiber router which will be refundable. Offers for existing JioFiber preview customers will also be disclosed today. Unofficially speaking, they will not pay for services for at least two months.
Do keep in mind that with Jio STB you cannot receive Cable TV services. But the possibility cannot be ruled out in the future. Subscriber is expected to pay separately for receiving the regular Cable TV services which will be delivered either through the Fiber or by getting a DTH service.
How to register for Jio GigaFiber?
Subscriber needs to check the availability of Jio GigaFiber services in their city before opting for registration. A complete list of 1600 cities of India where JioFiber broadband will be accessible. The online registration for High-Speed Internet Connection requires you to map the location, enter the address, email, name and mobile number. Complete the verification process by entering the One Time Password (OTP).
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to apply for Jio Fiber online
- Visit the Jio Fiber official website
- Select the location on the map. Enter the exact address for the Jio Fiber connection. Select Home/Office as per your requirement
- Enter asked details including Full Name, Mobile Number and Email ID
- Read the Terms and Conditions and click if you agree.
- Click ‘Generate OTP’
- Enter the OTP you receive on the registered phone number. Re-enter address and pin the exact location on a map. Also, select the kind of place you live in. Example, RWA society, independent houses, commercial complex etc
- Once details are confirmed, the executive will visit you to verify the original documents including ID proof and address proof.
- The installation process will begin after verification is complete.
For any assistance on connectivity, internet issues or information on data plans and other Jio Fiber services, customers can dial toll-free number 18008969999.
Jio’s STB will be competing with its arch-rival Airtel’s latest launch Xstream Box. The Airtel STB is expected to cost ₹3,999. Though the end audience they serve is different but the industry is looking forward to the response of their subscribers. Xstream 4K Hybrid Box is absolutely different from what Jio is extending in its Set Top Box. They are from two different segments. Airtel Xstream STB is a simple Android TV Box with streaming in 4K, lots of online content only, focussed purely in the entertainment sector.