Mumbai, July 5 Reliance Jio has doubled its subscriber base to 215 million in 22 months, Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh D. Ambani said here on Thursday."We have more than 25 million JioPhone users in India," Ambani told shareholders at the 41st Annual General Meeting of RIL.He announced that the company was launching JioGigaFiber, Jio's fixed line broadband.
Gone are the days of Mbps, now it will be Gbps, Isha Ambani said at the launch.
"We will now extend fiber connectivity to homes, merchants, small and medium enterprises and large enterprises simultaneously across 1,100 cities to offer the most advanced fiber-based broadband connectivity solutions," Ambani told shareholders.He said for homes this means ultra high-definition entertainment on large screen TVs, multi-party video conferencing from living room, voice-activated virtual assistants, virtual reality gaming, digital shopping and immersive experiences."For merchants and small businesses, fixed-line broadband means… When you combine fixed-line connectivity with the agility and customer obsession of a small owner-driven business, you empower them to compete on level terms with larger businesses."For large enterprises, fixed-line broadband will mean… Having the ability to compete in the global marketplace, using digital tools and techniques that are powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution," he added.
Earlier this month, some reports suggested that Jio Fiber could offer as much as 1.1 TB free data to its users after paying a refundable security amount of Rs. 4,500. The default plan will offer 100 GBs of free data per month at 100Mbps speed. Subscribers can also avail 40GB of additional data in the form of top-ups with a limit of 25 times in a month - effectively obtaining 1,100GB data.
The Jio Fiber fixed line broadband will offer speed up to 100 Mbps along with unlimited voice and video calls over a VoIP phone, and access to the Jio TV app. If compared with broadband services offered by Bharti Airtel that offers 300Mbps at a monthly rental of Rs. 2,199.
As of now, JioFibre service is available in select cities including Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Chennai. So far, the company has been able to cover only 10 percent of the population in the cities where the JioFiber service is being tested.
News24 Bureau with IANS Inputs