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Reliance Jio has commercially launched its fibre-based broadband service, offering unlimited data, live TV, video-on-demand, and free domestic voice calls in 1600 cities across India.

jio fiber commercial release 5 Sept 19Hoping to re-shape the internet sector in the same manner as it disrupted mobile communications in India, Jio Fiber offers a minimum internet speed of 100Mbps for a monthly charge of INR699. Ultra broadband speeds are offered of up to 1Gbps, for INR8,499 per month.

This compares to the average fixed-line broadband speed in India of 25 Mbps, the company said on Thursday (5 September) as it announced the commercial launch of India’s first all-fibre broadband service.

Reliance Jio, which launched publicly in September 2017, already holds by far the largest proportion (48.17%) of India’s internet subscriber base, with 306,724,836 mobile internet customers, as of 31 March 2019.

Jio’s owner Reliance Industries has now acquired controlling stakes in multi system operators (MSOs) Hathway, DEN and GTPL to deliver last mile fixed connectivity to reach 20 million residences and 15 million business.

“The launch of JioFiber, with its revolutionary services, is just the beginning of a new and exciting journey,” said Reliance Jio Infocomm director Akash Ambani.

The broadband service will also offer over-the-top (OTT) entertainment apps, gaming, home networking, device security, a virtual reality (VR) experience, voice and video conferencing, and international calls.

“As always, we will continue working hard to bring more such amazing services to your home and take Jio Fiber to the next level. I want to specially thank our 5 Lac JioFiber Preview users, who have contributed significantly in perfecting our product and service experience. I welcome them to experience the next level of JioFiber,” added Akash Ambani.

The service will be offered in three, six and 12 month plans, with every JioFiber user receiving a set top box to access the full bouquet of services. Jio said it would also provide attractive EMI schemes trough bank tie-ups so that customers get the benefits of annual plans by paying monthly EMIs.

Incentives such as loud speakers, HD or 4K television sets are being offered to potential customers, depending on which plan they subscribe to.

The launch of Jio’s fixed broadband service follows the announcement earlier this week by competitor Bharti Airtel of a new set-top box (STB) for INR 3,999 on the Xstream platform. It offers video streaming apps such as ZEE5, Hooq, Hoi Choi, Eros Now, HungamaPlay, ShemarooMe, Ultra and Curiosity Stream.

After the first year, Bharti Airtel said the service will cost subscribers INR999 a year. The STB can also be connected with Airtel's direct-to-home (DTH) service to access live TV channels.