Reliance Jio’s JioFiber broadband service plans to offer data at rates that will definitely not go down well with the big players. According to a report in Economic Times, the company plans to offer 100GB data at just Rs 500, almost half of what competitors charge for data.
Just earlier this month, Reliance Jio began testing its fiber broadband with select users in six cities. The service was offering users a 100Mbps connection with a 100 GB download cap each month, after which the speed would drop to 1Mbps. Insider information also indicated the company would launch the service with an introductory offer similar to its 4G plans. Called the JioFiber Preview Offer, it boasts a free 90-day trial of the service at no cost to users, aside from a one-time installation fee of Rs 4,500. Of course, if you choose to discontinue the service, that fee is refundable.
Even other broadband providers like ACT have started offering 1GB per second internet speeds in Hyderabad, with 1TB of data at Rs 5,999. ACT has also expanded operations to Delhi and is offering 100 Mbps speeds.
The JioFiber Preview Offer will provide its users with free high-speed internet for the first three months. The offer will come with a JioMedia share device, a smart set top box, routers and Power Line Communication devices, in a bid to promote additional Jio services. The broadband service prices are expected to start at Rs 500 for 100 GB data and for 1000 GB data at 100Mbps speed, and subscribers would be required to pay Rs 2,000 a month.
We’ll have to wait and see if the Diwali launch timeline turns out to be true.