Reliance Jio Fiber has, which has created quite a stir previously, has been testing its Jio Fiber fixed-line broadband services since September 2016 last, thus offering free data through preview plans to its selected users.
But now, it has been reported that the telco is set to bring its broadband services to the public at a monthly charge of less than ₹1,000. Now, as per reports, the services are now found at a speed of 100Mbps and are also said to be available in India by the end of this year with the inclusion of unlimited voice and video calls over a VoIP phone, and access to the Jio TV app. Jio rival Bharti Airtel notably brought its 300Mbps broadband plan last month that comes with a monthly rental of ₹2,199. However, the cheapest 100Mbps broadband plan by the Gurugram-based operator comes for ₹1,099 and is subjected to a FUP data limit of 250GB.
Also, as per reports, based on the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) model, Jio Fiber services would be available with unlimited calling through a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone and JioTV. Reliance Jio hasn’t defined any tariffs yet, though it is reported that the broadband services could be available under ₹1,000 a month.
Jio Fiber is presently in the testing stage in select markets, including Ahmedabad, Chennai, Jamnagar, Mumbai, and New Delhi among others. In these markets, subscribers are provided with free broadband with unlimited Internet access at 100Mbps speed against a security deposit of ₹4,500.
Alongside giving limitless data, Jio is reportedly using VoIP to offer unlimited voice calls to subscribers opting Jio Fiber. The broadband services are also said to be available offered along with JioTV access, which competes against services such as Amazon Prime Video and Airtel TV.
Earlier this month, it was also reported that the new initial plan of Jio Fiber offers as much as 1.1TB of free data to subscribers paying the refundable security amount of ₹4,500. The plan by default offers 100GB of free data per month at 100Mbps speed. However, it was claimed that subscribers can avail 40GB of additional data in the form of top-ups, 25 times in a month, effectively obtaining 1,100GB or roughly 1.1TB of free data.
As per the latest quarterly reports, the subscriber base of Jio has reached 186.6 million in the first quarter of 2018 when compared to the 160.1 million subscriber base it had reported in the previous quarter. The company also added as many as 26.5 million new users in the first quarter.