After disrupting the telecom industry by spoiling consumers' behaviour with ultra-cheap, high-speed mobile internet and free calls, Reliance Jio is taking another step to bring India online.
After a series of reports that Reliance is silently testing its GigaFiber fibernet broadband in select cities, new evidence has come to light supporting such claims. Reliance Jio is reportedly sending out invitations for selected housing socities in Chennai and Mumbai and offering three months of free fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service.
There have been hints about Jio's fiber broadband in the recent weeks, with users sharing screenshots of speed tests showing 700Mbps on downloads. But the company itself hasn't confirmed on the Jio GigaFiber operations anywhere in the country.
The latest information on the GigaFiber broadband has some credibility, as it appears to be an invite sent out to select users who can test Jio's unreleased broadband service for free. The invitation letters have reportedly been sent out to certain users in Chennai and Mumbai, according to Phone Radar, and there is no information regarding Jio GigaFiber being operational in other cities.
The scanned copy of the invitation, which is being widely circulated on Facebook and Twitter, talks about the perks of Jio's GigaFiber broadband. As anyone can guess, the FTTH broadband service will offer ultra-fast internet download and upload speeds.
In the letter, Jio compares its GigaFiber with the existing service providers in noting the time difference to do various tasks such as watching ultraHD movies, video calls from TV and downloading songs. The telco also offers 24x7 customer care support and details on the process to install their internet after accepting the invite.
Going by Jio's current practices, one can expect that after three months of free broadband, the plans will be cheap. According to an earlier report, Jio GigaFiber broadband plans will start at Rs 400 for unlimited data with 24 hours validity, and go up to Rs 500 for either 600MB validity for 30 days or 3.5GB data per day for 30 days.
Until Reliance Jio officially confirms the news, stay tuned for updates.