Jio GigaFiber service to launch on 5 Sept 2019

RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani

RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani

The company said it has received strong interest from strategic and financial investors for its consumer businesses - Jio and Reliance Retail. Microsoft will deploy its Azure platform in these datacenters to support Jio's offerings. The fastest-growing operator in the world had crossed 300 million subscribers by April 2019, is now India's biggest telecom operator with 340 million subscribers with a network that is already "4G plus" and can be upgraded to 5G at "minimal costs". Rather than just Amazon or Google services, though, the device will support Jio's suite of apps, Android games and even game controllers.

Instead of trying to win over the big conglomerates, the partnership will cater to small and medium businesses instead and help them accelerate their digital transformation.

With a revenue opportunity of ₹20,000 crore, Reliance Jio is planning to set up its own Internet of Things.

The investment cycle of Reliance Jio is complete, and about Rs 3.5 lakh crore has been invested in its digital network, he said.

EDGE computing is bringing connectivity nodes as close as possible to the user.

The company will also set up datacenters in locations across India, consisting of next-generation compute, storage, and networking capabilities.

"... the next frontier of content is immersive".

With EDGE, India and its 1,600 cities will be among the first in the world for Indian residents to experience AR, VR and MR on Jio Fiber, according to Ambani.

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RJio had soft-launched broadband services a year ago and had received interest from 15 million users. There was speculation about Aramco buying a 20 per cent stake in the business for about $15 billion, but Khalid Al-Dabbagh, Aramco's chief financial officer, declined to confirm those figures and said the talks with Reliance were at "an early stage".

As part of this new agreement, Jio will move its internal workforce to productivity and collaboration tools available with Microsoft 365 and will migrate its non-network applications to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The users who will pay the annual package fee in advance will get the free TV from Jio. Moreover, Jio Fiber will launch a premium service where customers can watch movies at home on the release day itself, which will be launched in the middle of 2020.

Reliance Jio GigaFiber, or Reliance Jio Fiber as it is now known as, is all set to revolutionize the Indian broadband industry in the same manner as Jio revolutionized 4G.

Jio Fiber plans will start at Rs 700 a month with upto 100Mbps speed and unlimited usage.

Airtel's monthly plans start from Rs 799 with internet speeds of up to 40 Mbps and 100GB broadband data.

Elaborating on the Jio Forever Plan, Mukesh Ambani said, "Jio Fiber Welcome Offer - Jio Fiber customers opting for annual plan - Jio Forever plan - to get a full HD television or a Home PC and a 4K SET-TOP-BOX absolutely free". Global voice calling will also be available through the fixed-line, with one of the plans revealed to have unlimited calling to the USA and Canada for just ₹500 ($7) per month, though most families now utilize app-based free calling solutions such as WhatsApp.

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