New Delhi, May 30: Reliance Jio Infocomm is all set to roll out the much awaited JioFiber broadband services by Diwali this year. Keeping in mind Jio’s entry in September and the data war following it, the inaugural tariff plan that Jio is planning to offer its customers may disrupt the home broadband market in India. The commercial launch of Jio’s home broadband services is speculated to offer a base pack 100 GB data at just Rs 500. Reliance Jio took the telecom sector by storm since its inception in September 2016. It lured users by offering lucrative freebies which posed a threat to other incumbent telcos in the telecom sector.
While the Economic Times report says that the services are to be rolled out during Diwali, there are several other reports that say the broadband service is expected to get unveiled in June this year. As per tweets by Jio Care, Jio’s customer grievances and request centre, Jio’s Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband service were launched in six cities earlier this month. It was reported that JioFiber Preview Offer was launched in selected areas of Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Surat and Vadodara and was in the process of being rolled out to other cities.
The JioFiber network is capable of carrying data speed up to 100 Mbps and is currently being rolled out in at least 10 large cities. The 10 cities include all metros, in addition to Noida and Gurgaon. In April, there were reports which said that Jio was testing its network in several locations across Mumbai and would deliver a minimum of 100Mbps for the home broadband consumers at affordable rates.
Jio’s broadband service is likely to stir up a price war similar to what Jio entry is triggered in the telecom sector in September 2016. Jio’s entry in broadband services is believed to disrupt the $2 billion wired broadband market and pose a threat to its rival telecom operators. As per data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), BSNL had nearly 10 million users in the home broadband segment as of March 31, followed by Bharti at about 1.95 million. During its Q1 regulatory filing, Reliance said that the company had already started the pilot programme and will soon is expanding to more cities. The high-speed optical fibre service too is believed to be launched with a number of services like its data plans. However, Jio has had no communication on the broadband launch date and price yet.