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Jio GigaFiber to be available in 1600 cities, testing complete and launch soon

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Jio GigaFiber to be available in 1600 cities, testing complete and launch soon

Reliance is now rolling out Jio GigaFiber services across 1,600 cities across the country. The beta test has been successful and Jio will soon launch commercial data plans.

A recent media report suggests that Jio is rolling out its GigaFiber broadband service across the country. Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries said in a statement to ET Telecom that GigaFiber is rolling out to 1,600 cities across India after a successful beta test in selected cities. The company is yet to commercially unveil the service and prices for recharge plans for GigaFiber.

"After successful execution of mobility business, Jio is now focused on catapulting India's underserved Home & Enterprise connectivity market to global standards with its next-generation FTTX services," Ambani said. The company also successfully completed the acquisition of Den Networks and Hathway Cable and Datacom Limited. The GigaFiber services include home broadband, entertainment, smart home solutions, wireline and enterprise.

GigaFiber was launched last year in August and has been under testing for a long while. Reliance offered GigaFiber to the public under a Preview offer which basically let them beta test the service on a larger scale. Consumers had to deposit Rs 4,500 as security and could enjoy 100GB of data at speeds of 100Mbps. The offer is still available and consumers could use it for free until the commercial service roll out.

A few weeks ago, a leak related to GigaFiber suggested that Jio is possibly testing out some new recharge plans internally. The plan was called the Triple Play Plan and listed some of the benefits that it would offer. The plan listed an allotment of 100GB data at speeds of 100Mbps. It also listed unlimited calling along with a free subscription to Jio Apps. The plan will also offer a free subscription to Jio Home TV, which is expected to be the commercial name of Jio's DTH service.

Unlike most other cable and broadband networks, GigaFiber relies on fiber optics. While Airtel also offers its broadband via fibre optics, GigaFiber goes a step ahead and links the primary connection of the building to the subscriber's home node with fiber optics instead of conventional cables. This could result in overall higher speeds during congestion hours on the network.

With GigaFiber, Jio offers a high-speed dual-band Wi-Fi router that can support multiple devices and also caters to modern devices with the faster 5GHz bandwidth.

While Jio hasn't announced the expected prices of its recharge plans, it is expected that Reliance would be aggressive in its pricing and offer the Triple Play Plan at a price of Rs 500. This could make it a great deal for value-conscious subscribers.