Reliance Jio is planning to make a massive entry in broadband services with its commercial launch of JioFibre around Diwali this year, according to a report by The Economic Times. Aiming to replicate what Reliance Jio has achieved by gaining 100 million users in 170 days, JioFibre is likely to offer 100GB of data at Rs. 500. Currently, other broadband services charge double of the amount with offering just half of the data. JioFibre, which has already announced its preview offer (under testing period) in few cities, will offer its services in more cities before the commercial launch.
From June, Jio plans to expand its free trial offer beyond the few cities where it is currently available, the report added. Much like Jio’s entry in the telecom sector, JioFibre is also expected to start a price war in the broadband services too.
Feeling the heat from JioFibre, Bharti Airtel has already announced its new broadband plans offering 1,000GB of bonus data. However, the free 1,000GB data is valid on select plans only.
The Airtel offer can be availed only through online purchase. Starting with a Rs. 899 plan, users will get unlimited calls (local and STD), 60GB data at a speed up to 16Mbps with a bonus data of 750GB which is valid for a year.
Under the Rs. 1,099 plan, customers will get unlimited calls, 90GB data at a speed up to 40 Mbps with 1,000GB bonus data. Under the Rs1,299, Rs. 1,499 and Rs. 1,799 plans, users will get unlimited calls with 125GB, 160GB and 220GB data respectively (speed up to 100 Mbps) along with a bonus of 1,000 GB.