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Reliance Jio begins broadband service, offers internet free for 3 months

Reliance Jio has reportedly started rolling out the broadband service or Fiber To The Home (FTTH) service in Mumbai.

An India Today report said that there are some buildings in Mumbai where people can subscribe to the service, following the finishing the cable installation for the Jio Fibre, which began in November last year. Now there are some buildings in Mumbai where people can subscribe to the service.

One such building is Rahul Building on Walkeshwar Road. Rushabh Vora, a resident at that building, says that Jio has set up the Jio Fibre connectivity inside the building and that people are already using it. For the first three months the service is free. Although Jio had earlier claimed that it is hoping to deliver speeds of up to 1gbps with its FTTH service so far it seems that users are getting somewhere between 70mbps to 100mbps. Although it is possible that right now the service is in the early stages and Jio may ramp up the speed in the coming days.

The Walkeshwar Road is not the only area that has got the Jio Fibre. It has also been rolled out in Nepeansea Road in Mumbai. For Jio, which is a Reliance company, rollout of FTTH may turn out to be relatively easier compared to any other new internet service provider. The company already has an extensive backbone of the fibre network across India.

Although the Jio Fibre service is free for three months, there is FUP that applies here. Every month users will get to download 100GB data at the full speed. After that data limit is exhausted, the speed of the service reduces to 1mbps.

As noted earlier, currently the Jio Fibre has been offered for free to users. But there is one-time charge of Rs 4500 for the router that Jio is installing in the homes of its users. The free service, unless Jio changes its plan, will remain for free for three months after which users will have to subscribe to a plan. Currently, details of the plans and their pricing are not known.

The Rs 4500 installation charge is refundable in case the consumer doesn’t wish to extend the Jio Fibre beyond the trial period of 3 months. What this means is that after the trial period ends, if you don’t want to subscribe to a plan, Jio will take back the router that it installed and then refund the money.

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