Jio GigaFiber, JioPhone 3 Likely To Launch At AGM 2019

Andrew Cummings
August 12, 2019

The company's service is still in testing, and once the official rollout starts, it will go live in 1100 cities.

GigaFiber launch could also be the last nail in the coffin of BSNL, the state-owned landline operator that now accounts for almost half of India's wired broadband connections. Though Jio GigaFiber was announced past year, we are yet to see a commercial launch timeline for the same, which could be announced at the AGM. An unlimited worldwide calling pack for calls to USA and Canada was also announced for Rs. 500. Another plan, dubbed as Triple Play plan, is expected to be priced at Rs 600.

Jio Phone 2 was launched at the last AGM and carried a price tag of Rs 2,999. Subscribers can avail of its Preview Offer for a security deposit of Rs 4,500 or Rs 2,500, depending on the speeds one opts for. It's likely the company will offer the 1Gbps speeds with select and premium data plans.

Reliance Jio, the newest entrant in the telecom sector, pipped Bharti Airtel to become the second-largest mobile operator with 32.29 crore subscribers and 27.80 percent market share in May, according to regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) data, reported PTI.

In July, Mukesh Ambani had said that the beta trials of Jio GigaFiber services had been very successful and the entire bouquet of smart home solutions would soon be rolled out to targeted 50 million households and beyond. He added that in 2 years, it is estimated there will be 2 billion connected IoT devices in India, and Jio aims to connect over 1 billion IoT devices.

Separately, the Jio set-top box was announced, and it is claimed to be created to accept TV signals from LCO partners.

"Jio has made India data-shining bright".

The Jio GigaFiber is already available in some of the tier-1 cities for free of cost. Reliance Jio GigaFiber is said to disrupt the broadband space with low-priced tariffs and bundles that give access to GigaTV service and Jio's premium suite of apps.

Reliance Jio GigaFiber users are likely to get free landline services with the commercial launch.

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