After giving a tough competition in the telecom market, Jio could be launching the all-new fiber network for the home broadband service and the much awaited Jio DTH. The Jio Fiber is currently being tested in select areas of Delhi, Mumbai, NCR, Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara.
Expected to be launched for a free service of three months just like Jio’s grand offer, users are eagerly vying for the broadband and DTH services to roll out.
Earlier in August 2016 at the company’s annual general meeting Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani mentioned that soon Reliance would launch FTTH (fiber to the home) service, which would be capable of delivering broadband speed up to 1Gbps.
The company finally rolled out its FTTH service on January 13th, 2017 but only in Mumbai. It offered a beta service with 100 GB per month high-speed quota for every customer. It also came with an added installation charge of Rs 4500 which was termed as ‘Refundable Security Deposit’ if the customer doesn’t wish to extend the Jio fiber beyond the trial period of three months.
As far as the DTH services are considered, if Jio enters the market, it will surely challenge the dominance of Tata Sky, Videocon and Dish TV. Jio has already partnered with Indian video streaming website Hotstar and it may also partner with Amazon Prime and Netflix. This will enable the users to view the platforms from their set-top boxes.
Back in March, a lot of videos of Jio’s set-top box surfaced the internet and the launch was expected in August. However, now the new launch date is said to be around January 2018. Jio’s DTH smart setup box is said to include all the features of Jio TV mobile application. If sources are to be believed then, it will cost much less than its competitors.