Jio GigaFiber: 5 Things You Must Know Before Registering for a New Jio Broadband Connection

As Reliance Infocomm Chairman, Mukesh Ambani announced the rollout of their broadband service, Jio GigaFiber; here are five essential things to know about the newest service from Jio family

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Earlier in August, the news regarding the Jio GigaFiber rollout did not have a clear message as to the dates and other essential details with it. However, Reliance Infocomm Chairman Mukesh Ambani has now announced the official rollout of the Jio GigaFiber and the availability of the service across the country; he announced at Reliance’s Annual General Meeting. On August 15 Reliance had begun requesting users to register their interest in the Jio GigaFiber on their website. This move was to understand the brand’s standing in the market as well as to know which areas might have concentrated demands for the product. However, now that experiment seems to have concluded following the announcement of the rollout.

The Jio GigaFiber is an FTTH or Fibre-to-the-Home broadband service, and as Mukesh Ambani mentioned last month, it would be the next best thing and change the way broadband used to be.

The service was started earlier this year with offerings to a few users on an experimental basis at select locations. However, after the announcement, the service will be available in 1,100 cities across India.

How to Get Jio GigaFiber?

Users have to visit jio.com and register their home address, full name, mobile number and provide their email address (optional). Once the registration process is complete, expect a phone call from a Jio Fiber executive within a few days to get details of the interested consumer of why they want the service if it is available in the area of the address provided, in the first place.

If the service is available in your area, someone from the company shall pay a visit to complete the 3-KYC process, and at this time users need to provide a photocopy of their Aadhar card. As a final step, users are asked to pay a sum of Rs 4,500 as a security deposit which Jio will refund when the user discontinues the service. The security deposit amount can be paid through debit card, credit card, Jio Money or Paytm. Once all processes are in place, Jio Executives will pay yet another visit to install the Jio GigaHub, which in itself is just a short process.

What do you get in Jio GigaFiber?

Users can expect high-speed internet at 100 Mbps speed for the first 90 days, although, there is a monthly cap along with access to Jio’s premium apps. There’s still a catch with the monthly cap for data, for instance, if the 100GB is exhausted before the month ends, Jio offers a complementary data top-up of 40 GB which can be availed through the MyJio App or Jio.com. On the other hand, users are allowed to claim up to 25 top ups taking their monthly data to nearly 1100GB

Additionally, it’s been suggested that Reliance is not charging users anything for the first three months, and the data comes free of cost. On the other hand, if Jio does not announce its plans in the next three months, this preview offer will be extended further, meaning an extended period of free data. Jio will not charge for installations, as every other charge is covered under the security deposit paid by the user.

What is GigaHub Home Gateway?

Jio’s Optical Network Terminal or ONT is the white box shown above. The GigaHub will be installed at your home by the Jio Executives. This box connects the fibre which will be wired outside of the house. The Jio GigaHub is a multipurpose device and not just a Wi-Fi router. It has one port so users can connect their landline, three LAN ports, one PON port, two USB ports, a WPS button and a power button as well as a small reset button under the WPS button. Pressing the reset button for more than 10 seconds will set the device back to its factory settings.

The GigaHub is known to work on two frequencies, 2.5GHz and 5GHz. The 2.5GHz is understood to provide more range and comparatively lesser speed, while the 5GHz can offer more speed but has a lower range. So apart from a Wi-Fi connection, users can also connect their LAN cable to the device and then to their PCs or Laptops.

What else to expect?

Earlier rumours suggested that the Jio GigaHub box could be multipurpose and not just a source of internet service. So, there were more about Jio’s new DTH service, and the understanding is GigaTV set-top-box is likely to launch but when the company launches internet protocol television (IPTV) the same GigaHub could be used as set-top box, but there is no confirmation nor dates on it as of now. However, apart from this additional rumoured feature there is nothing else known about this.

Jio SmartHome Services

Part of the announcements at the Reliance AGM, Mukesh Ambani also emphasised on the Jio SmartHome Accessories suite. These include an audio dongle, a video dongle, smart speaker, Wi-Fi extender, smart plug, outdoor security camera and a TV camera. Then there are additional accessories such as a smoke sensor, siren, gas leak mask, panic button, door sensor and smart video doorbells, which are all part home security accessories. These could help users manage their home security all through their smartphones in the future.

The idea is to have these devices connected through the Jio GigaFibre and using the fibre Jio can set up these accessories within an hour, claimed Director of Reliance Jio, Isha Ambani.

These are still future plans that will take place once the rollout for the Jio GigaFiber is at an advanced stage. The Jio SmartHome services are very much similar to Google’s Nest offers that are present in the US.