At the ongoing 41st annual general meeting (AGM) of Reliance Industries, Chairman Mukesh Ambani has announced the launch of their Jio GigaFiber broadband service, which will begin accepting registrations next month. The much awaited fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service will be launched simultaneously in 1,100 cities starting August 15th and will be further expanded thereafter. According to the company it will be the largest greenfield fixed-line broadband rollout anywhere in the world.
Jio GigaFiber broadband will come along with a set top box for TV and smart home accessories. It will provide users with ultra-high definition (UHD) content, multi-party video conferencing, virtual reality gaming and even voice-activated virtual assistance. Two other important aspects of Jio GigaFibre are the integration of smart home technology and a TV calling feature. The Jio Gigarouter will offer more than 600 channels in UHD resolution and thanks to Jio GigaTV calling, users will be able to place video calls to other TV’s connected via the same service.
"The Company has already invested more than 250 million dollars in the industry. We will now extend the service to 1100 cities to offer the most advanced fibre-based broadband services. This will mean a faster internet experience. A virtual reality experience for all citizens where you can control switches in your house from outside as well. This will redefine 24*7 emergency help for all homes across India. We are calling this the Jio GigaFibre," said Mukesh Ambani during the launch.
According to the data shared by the company, the Jio GigaFiber broadband service will offer download speeds of up to 1Gbps and upload speeds of 100Mbps with a latency of 30ms. The brand aims to connect over 50 million Indian homes via its service and move India into the top 5 in fixed-line broadband users among the world. India currently ranks quite low at 134th in fixed-line broadband.
Currently the service is being provided under a preview offer, wherein users can avail high-speed Internet of up to 100Mbps for 90 days, which comes with a monthly data quota of 100GB. Although Jio does not charge any installation fee, they do take a refundable security deposit of Rs 4,500 for the ONT device (GigaHub Home Gateway). According to the company’s website, the security deposit is refunded at the time of discontinuation of the service; however it is subject to the condition of the device at the time.