Days after Reliance announced the rollout of 4G vouchers with extra data for its Jio subscribers, amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the company has announced that Jio Fiber will offer a free of cost ‘Basic’ Internet plan to users who do not have an Internet connection and need to work from home. These plans are a part of Jio’s new initiative called #CoronaHaregaIndiaJeetega campaign against the ongoing pandemic.
According to Jio, people interested in this plan will need to sign up for the same using Jio’s website or the MyJio app. This basic plan from Jio Fiber will offer speeds of up to 10 Mbps and will not come with a FUP limit for the time being. That being said, for users to avail this ‘free’ plan, they need to buy the Wi-Fi router from Jio and pay a Rs 1,500 refundable deposit. Once the applicant submits all the necessary details, the company will check if providing a connection would be geographically feasible before moving ahead with other formalities. These customers will be eventually moved to other Jio Fiber plans at a later date.
“Jio will provide Basic Jio Fiber broadband connectivity (10 Mbps), wherever it is geographically feasible, without any service charges, for this period. Jio will also provide home gateway routers with a minimum refundable deposit.”
Apart from this new plan, the company has also announced that existing users will be provided double data allowance for all existing Jio Fiber plans. For example, a user who has a FUP limit of 200GB on his existing plan will now get 400GB on the same plan.
The company said it is also taking extra effort to minimize downtime to ensure its users do not face issues while working from home. The company said it understands that during the ongoing lockdown, the Internet has become the primary means of communication.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID cases across India continues to rise with Maharashtra and Kerala reporting several new cases and deaths today.