Jio will launch its commercial fibre service in India next month

Jio will launch its commercial fibre service in India next month
Published: 14 August 2019 - 7:40 a.m.

Wireless provider Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) will begin offering its long-awaited home broadband service on 5 September, 2019. Mukesh Ambani, the company's chairman confirmed this at the third anniversary of its mobile launch.

The JioFiber service will offer a range of simple tariff plans, with download speeds of between 100Mbps and 1Gbps with prices ranging between INR700 and INR10,000 (USD9.8 and USD140.4) per month. The plans would also come bundled with subscriptions to certain over-the-top (OTT) applications, although it was not confirmed which services would initially be included.

Jio began pre-registering customers for the service in August last year to help prioritise areas for rollout with the operator claiming to have had 15 million registrations across 'nearly 1,600' towns over the subsequent year. Based on this, the company has created a deployment plan which according to Mr Ambani, will roll out over the next twelve months.

Alongside broadband, Jio's set-top box has been designed to accept cable TV signals from the operator's local cable operator (LCO) partners. As part of an initial welcome offer, Jio will also provide a free HD or 4K LED TV to subscribers of its annual 'Jio Forever' plans.

The home broadband launch is one of the four 'engines of connectivity revenue' for Jio, with it also focusing on nationwide IoT, enterprise broadband and broadband for small to medium businesses. Its IoT services will use the nationwide 4G network infrastructure, and the platform is scheduled to become commercially available on 1 January 2020. According to Jio's predictions, India's IoT market will comprise of two billion connected devices within the next two years with its target set to connect around half of that number. If achieved, this would translate into an additional revenue of INR200 billion per year.

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