Reliance Jio GigaFiber: Here's how you can register
Reliance Jio is looking primed to take on the broadband space in India with its Fiber-to-the-home broadband service. Called Jio GigaFiber, the service was announced on August 15 and registrations have been live since then. The company has also announced a preview offer and confirmed that Jio GigaFiber will be first rolled out in 1,100 Indian cities. Here's everything to know.
First things first: About Jio GigaFiber
Jio GigaFiber is Reliance's FTTH broadband service that promises to offer a download speed of up to 1Gbps and 100Mbps upload speed. Moreover, it isn't just a standalone broadband service as it looks to encompass an all-in-one solution for broadband, IPTV, landline, and smart home solutions. Additionally, users can connect VR headsets to their GigaFiber network and stream 360-degree content in 4K resolution.
Jio GigaFiber will also power Jio Giga TV
Jio's broadband will also power Giga TV (Jio's TV set-top box) and Jio Smart Home devices. The company is offering Giga TV and a voice-activated remote along with GigaFiber connection. According to Jio, Giga TV will offer "600+ TV channels, thousands of movies, millions of songs, and any other type of content possible." Further, users will have access to JioCinema, JioTVCall, JioCloud among others.
How to get a Jio GigaFiber connection?
To get a GigaFiber connection, you will have to register yourself for the service. However, mere registering will not guarantee a connection as Reliance has confirmed it will prioritize roll out to those localities from where it receives the highest number of registration requests. That said, registrations can be made on Jio's website or on the MyJio app for free.
Steps to register for the Jio GigaFiber broadband service
To register, first head to Reliance Jio's website. Once there, wait for the top banner to display Reliance Jio GigaFiber, and then click on the red 'Invite JioFiber Now' button. You'll then be redirected to a page where you have to provide an address. Once done, click on 'Proceed'. Then, enter your name and mobile number, verify it via an OTP, and you're done.
You'll have to pay a Rs. 4,500 refundable deposit
Currently, the GigaFiber rollout is not yet official. However, Jio is offering a free preview offer wherein users will have to pay a refundable security deposit of Rs. 4,500 for the GigaFiber router and GigaTV set-top box. Moreover, there will be no installation charges.
Here's a look at Jio GigaFiber preview offer
Once you get your GigaFiber router installed, Jio will activate the free preview offer plan. Under the plan, you will get 100GB of data at upto 100Mbps for 90 days along with complimentary access to Jio's apps. Further, if you consume 100 GB of your data quota, Jio is offering a free data top-up of 40 GB via MyJio App or Jio.com.
Jio GigaFiber: Expected plans and prices
While Jio is yet to announce the official plans for GigaFiber, reports suggest they will start from Rs. 500. According to Trak, Rs. 500 and Rs. 750 base level plans will offer 300GB and 450GB of monthly data at 50Mbps, respectively. The mid-level Rs. 999 and Rs. 1,299 plans would offer 600GB and 750GB of data at 100Mbps, respectively.
Trak has allegedly leaked the top GigaFiber plan as well
According to Trak, the most expensive GigaFiber plan will start at Rs. 1,500 and it will offer 900GB of monthly data at a download speed of up to 150Mbps. However, we believe the download speed for this plan should be up to 100Mbps.
Jio GigaFiber will initially rollout in these Indian cities
While the rollout date is not yet announced, Jio has confirmed that GigaFiber will be first launched in 1,100 cities. However, in the first phase, the rollout is expected to happen in 29 Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. These cities include Agra, Bengaluru, Chennai, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Patna, Allahabad, Raipur, Nagpur, Ghaziabad, Pune, Indore, Thane, Bhopal, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Nashik, and Guwahati among others.