Tribune News Service & PTI
Mumbai, August 12
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani on Monday announced the rollout of ‘Jio Fiber’ from September 5, promising free voice calls for life from landlines, 100 Mbps minimum broadband speed at subscription starting from Rs 700 a month and free HD TV set on a commitment to an annual plan.
Speaking at the 42nd annual general meeting (AGM), Reliance Industries’ Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said Jio will also offer unlimited international calling pack from its landlines to the US and Canada at Rs 500 a month, and that default tariff plans will be one-fifth to one-tenth of existing market tariffs.
“Voice calls from home to any Indian operator—mobile or fixed—will be absolutely free forever. On fixed-line international voice calling, we are today ending the era of high international calling rates on landline by announcing the lowest fixed line rates for international calling,” he said.
Ambani said the average fixed-line download speed in the US, which is the most developed economy, was around 90 Mbps whereas in India, even the most basic Jio Fiber plan starts with 100 Mbps speed. “We have plans all the way up to 1 Gbps or 1,000 Mbps. This will improve the quality of fixed-line data in India,” he said.
Declaring that the plans would come at less than one-tenth of global rates, Ambani said Jio Fiber plans would be priced from Rs 700 to Rs 10,000 a month “to suit every budget”.
Jio Postpaid Plus will offer priority SIM-setup service at home. It would also provide data and voice connectivity across all devices, both at home and outside, along with family plans and international roaming at a fraction of a cost.
“The experience of Jio Fiber and Jio set-top box really comes to life when combined with an LED TV. So, Jio Fiber customers who opt for our annual plans, which we call Jio Forever plans, will get an HD or 4K LED TV and a 4K set-top box absolutely free,” he said.
Ambani said RIL would be roping in local cable operators so that they would be able to offer their television channels via a slot on the set-top box being provided by Jio.
Reliance net widens
Jio First Day First Show
Slated for mid-2020 launch, this service will allow premium subscribers to watch movies at home the day these are released in theatres
Rs 700 basic monthly plan to provide 100 Mbps speed
Rs 10,000 a month highest plan, will give 1,000 Mbps speed
1.5 crore Jio Fiber registrations already
1,600 towns where it will provide service
To invest in Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh
Reliance said it is committed to support the developmental needs of the new UTs of J&K and Ladakh and will create a task force to explore investment opportunities in the region.
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