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Reliance Jio is preparing to launch TV services via fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband in more than 30 Indian cities in early 2018, after its success this year in disrupting the country’s mobile market.

Jio logo 29 Sept 2017Jio plans to address over 100 million TV households in the cities through last mile high speed broadband connectivity by fibre, according to a report in the Business Standard.

The FTTH project is expected to offer subscribers an Internet connection of up to 1Gbit, with a smart set-top box offering HDTV channels, video-on-demand (VOD) and gaming services. The JioMedia share device and power line communication (PLC) devices are expected to help deliver the services.

In his annual general meeting speech this year, Reliance Industries’ chairman Mukesh Ambani said that his Jio service was on track to offer high-speed broadband services – some of which has already been agreed in collaboration with brother Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications (RCom).

An Internet-only beta trial is already underway in parts of Mumbai and Delhi, with speeds of 100Mbit/s and 100Gb of data free of charge, and Jio has already reportedly spread out over 30,000 kilometres of fibre optic cable.

Jio obtained a pan-India multiservice operator (MSO) licence in mid 2015 to enable it to offer cable TV services across India. The country currently has 180 million TV homes, predominantly served by either cable or direct-to-home TV services. Some 18.4 million homes have fixed broadband homes, although just three million of these receive high speed services, according to figures from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).