Reliance Jio GigaFiber: Here's everything you need to know
Jio GigaFiber, Reliance's much-awaited FTTH service, was announced last August with registrations going live the same day. However, since then, the service has been in the testing phase with no clarity about the commercial roll-out. Naturally, customers want to know when and if GigaFiber would launch in their area and how can they sign up for a trial. Here, we answer all such questions.
Jio GigaFiber is Reliance's FTTH broadband service that promises to offer a download speed of up to 1Gbps and 100Mbps upload speed. 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'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.
Notably, Jio had previously confirmed that GigaFiber will be launched in 1,100 odd cities. In the first phase, the roll-out 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.
You can register for the service considering the company will prioritize roll-out depending on the number of requests from a particular location. Further, Gadgets360 reported that company executives have started the process of surveying areas. Hence, you may approach the company for new Jio GigaFiber connection which is currently available under a free preview offer.
Presently, Reliance 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. Under this offer, you will get 100GB of data at upto 100Mbps for 90 days. Further, if you consume the data, you can get a free top-up of 40GB via MyJio App or Jio.com.
As mentioned before, you will have to connect to company representatives working on Jio GigaFiber roll-out and request them for a new connection. You will have to furnish address documentation, passport-size photograph and also deposit the stipulated security money. When everything gets processed, you'll receive details of hardware installation (GigaHub Home Gateway) and after successful installation, your service will be activated under preview offer.
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.
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.