The wireless 4G services are just the beginning for Jio. The company has bigger plans. And part of those plans is its upcoming Fiber To The Home (FTTH) service. In November the company had said that it would aim to "disrupt" the broadband market soon. Now it has started rolling out the JioFiber in Mumbai. The work -- finishing the cable installation etc -- for the Jio Fibre started in November and December. Now there are some buildings in Mumbai where people can subscribe to the service.
Update: Although the JioFiber service is free for three months, there is FUP that applies here. Every month users will get to download 100GB data at the full speed. After that data limit is exhausted, the speed of the service reduces to 1mbps.
Update: The Rs 4500 installation charge is refundable in case the consumer doesn't wish to extend the JioFiber beyond the trial period of 3 months. What this means is that after the trial period ends, if you don't want to subscribe to a plan, Jio will take back the router that it installed and then refund the money.
The Walkeshwar Road is not the only area that has got the JioFiber. It has also been rolled out in Nepeansea Road in Mumbai. For Jio, which is a Reliance company, rollout of FTTH may turn out to be relatively easier compared to any other new internet service provider. The company already has an extensive backbone of the fiber network across India.
As noted earlier, currently the JioFiber has been offered for free to users. But there is one-time charge of Rs 4500 for the router that Jio is installing in the homes of its users. The free service, unless Jio changes its plan, will remain for free for three months after which users will have to subscribe to a plan. Currently, details of the plans and their pricing are not known.
However, Jio is not the only company that is hoping to ramp up the FTTH service in India. Almost all major internet service providers, as well as startups like ACT, are offering new FTTH plans, although all of them are limited to select areas. Jio's arch-rival Airtel too is trying to expand its FTTH services. In October last year, the company used a technology that it called V Fiber to roll out new FTTH plans in Chennai. It promised 100mbps speed to V Fiber subscribers and offered them three months of free service as part of a promotion, similar to what Jio is providing consumers.
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