Reliance announces the JioPhone 2 and Jio GigaFiber FTTH service

Eloise Marshall
July 6, 2018

The company also announced a second generation device labelled the JioPhone 2 at the event. Jio smart home solutions can control TV camera, plugs, doorbells, etc.

Reliance Jio, which launched its telecom services back in September 2016 took the entire industry by surprise with its aggressive tariff plans and free services for almost six months. It allows existing feature phone users to exchange their current phone for the JioPhone for ₹501 ($7).

He also introduced another attractive offer to feature phone users.

According to him, optical fibre-based fixed line broadband is the future and the company has already invested over Rs 250,000 crores for creating state-of-the-art digital infrastructure to provide mobile and broadband connectivity across the country with the largest fiber footprint.

Earlier in the day, Mukesh also announced the launch of fixed-line broadband services Jio GigaFiber. Both the JioPhone and JioPhone 2 will also support Facebook, WhatsApp, and Youtube.

In the world of Netflix, all this will undoubtedly cause major disruption in the not-so-flexible direct-to-home and cable TV markets and not just the fixed line broadband segment. Jio on Thursday announced the launch of JioGigaFiber broadband services in India. Further, users can use voice commands on microphone-enabled TV remote to access Jio suites of apps including Jio TV, Jio Cinema and more.

Aditya Birla group's Idea Cellular had a total subscriber base of 216.76 million, as per the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) data released in April this year. The effort will involve the group's Reliance Retail Ltd and Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd businesses, he said.

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Reliance Jio will offer broadband services, IPTC, landline video conferencing, virtual gaming and more.

Reliance sparked a price war and a rush to consolidation in India's telecoms market when it launched its Jio network in September 2016 by offering vastly cheaper tariffs and data plans.

"We will now extend fibre connectivity to homes, merchants, small and medium enterprises and large enterprises simultaneously", he told investors in Mumbai.

Jio GigaTV will let users call other GigaTV users, as well as mobile users on other cellular networks. The service will be made available on August 15.

The company's JioPhone2 will be available at an introductory price of only Rs 2999 starting 15th August. These routers are able to offer download and upload speeds at Gbps.

Jio also confirmed that JioPhone will also be sold alongside the original JioPhone in India.

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