Jio Fiber launch day is here, specifically, its commercial launch. After a wait for over a year, Reliance Jio will be announcing all the key details about its fibre broadband service today. The company will be sharing information on Jio Fiber plans, their pricing, Home Phone landline service (also known as Fixed Voice), Set-Top Box, content partnerships, preview plan migration, and more. As previously announced, Jio Fiber will be offered to consumers in 1,600 towns across the country. Here’s a compilation of everything announced related to the Jio Fiber commercial launch. To recall, the September 5 launch date was announced during the Reliance Industries 42nd Annual AGM last month.
Jio Fiber plans, Internet speed, FUP, landline service, more
According to Reliance Jio, the company will initially be offering a total of six prepaid plans, dubbed as Bronze (Rs. 699 per month), Silver (Rs. 849 per month), Gold (Rs. 1,299 per month), Diamond (Rs. 2,499 per month), Platinum (Rs. 3,999 per month), and Titanium (Rs. 8,499 per month). The Jio Fiber Bronze and Silver plans will offer a data speed of 100Mbps, whereas the Gold and Diamond plans will come with 250Mbps and 500Mbps Internet speeds, respectively. Both Platinum and Titanium plans will provide 1Gbps data speed. Alongside these monthly plans, Jio Fiber will also provide long-tern 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month plans.
The company says each of the Jio Fiber plans will come with unlimited data download and upload, however there will be a FUP, starting with 100GB of the base Bronze plan, and going up to 5000GB for the top-end Titanium plan. Jio will also offer free extra high-speed data up to 250GB, depending on the plan, initially. This extra data is separate from each plan’s FUP limit. The 1Gbps plans won’t get any extra free data.
In addition to Internet connectivity, each of the Jio Fiber plans will offer free domestic voice calls via the company’s Home Phone landline service, TV video calling, gaming, and Norton antivirus for up to 5 devices. Specifically, the Jio Fiber Platinum and Titanium plan users will also get access to Jio VR platform, Jio First-Day First-Show movies service, and special sports content.
Jio Fiber Welcome Offer
Reliance Jio has also announced a Welcome Offer for the new Jio Fiber customers who go for JioForever annual plans. This offer will entail free Jio Home Gateway device (worth Rs. 5,000), Jio 4K Set Top box (worth Rs. 6,400), two months of extra service, and double data. Additionally, the offer includes free three-month access to JioCinema and JioSaavn apps for Bronze subscribers. The Silver plan subscribers will get three-month subscription for OTT apps, whereas Gold, Diamond, Platinum and Titanium plan subscribers will get free annual subscription for OTT apps. It is unclear which OTT apps will be included in the subscription.
Further, the Jio Fiber subscribers for JioForever Gold annual plan will get a free Muse 2 Bluetooth speaker. Similarly, the Silver annual plan subscribers will get Thump 2 Bluetooth speakers. Diamond, Platinum, and Titanium annual plan subscribers will get a free HD TV (different screen size for each plan). Gold plan subscribers will also get a free 24-inch HD TV but only if they opt for a two-year plan.
Six-month plans will come with one month of extra service and 50 percent extra data, whereas the 3-month plan will just provide 25 percent extra data.
How to get Jio Fiber connection
According to Reliance Jio, the interested consumers can register for Jio Fiber service by going to the company website – Jio.com – or MyJio app. If Jio Fiber is available at your location, a Jio representation will connect with you.
Validity of Jio Fiber preview offer
Ever since Reliance Jio officially unveiled the Jio Fiber broadband (previously known as JioGigaFiber), the service has been slowly rolling out to select consumers as a part of a preview offer. These consumers were only being charged a refundable security deposit of either Rs. 4,500 or Rs. 2,500, depending on the router being issued to them. As Jio launches the Jio Fiber service commercially, the preview offer subscribers are being notified about the future of the Jio Fiber service for them.
In a notification on the MyJio app, Reliance Jio has noted that the existing Jio Fiber subscribers will be migrated to paid plans. The company also writes that it will be reaching out to the preview subscribers individually to let them know of the migration details. Meanwhile, the preview subscribers can continue using their Jio Fiber broadband without interruption. As the Jio Fiber preview subscribers are said to be in millions, the migration is likely to take some time if Jio indeed plans to reach everyone individually.
Developing story. We will be updating this copy as more details about Jio Fiber are announced throughout the day.
Vi Brings New International Roaming Packs With Unlimited Data and Calls Starting at Rs. 599
Vi (formerly known as Vodafone Idea) has introduced new international unlimited roaming packs for its customers on Monday. New Vi Unlimited International Roaming packs range from Rs. 599 to Rs. 5,999. The former comes with 24 hours validity while the latter offers 28 days validity. Customers travelling to countries like UAE, the UK, the US, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Australia, Thailand, and Brazil can opt for these plans. It offers unlimited voice calling support and data on its roaming networks across travel destinations. The Vi Postpaid Roaming Packs come with an Always On feature that is meant to prevent exorbitant rates while on international roaming even after the expiry of the subscribed pack.
The telecom operator on Monday launched a new range of international roaming packs for customers. The Vi international roaming packs start from Rs. 599 with one-day validity to Rs. 5,999 pack that has 28 days validity. They offer unlimited voice calls and data.
At present, Vi provides roaming services in 81 countries with local service providers. It has also unveiled an Always On feature to make sure that subscribers are not charged excessively even after the expiry of subscribed plans. For example, if travellers who have subscribed to the seven-day Vi Postpaid Roaming Pack, have to extend their stay, they can continue to use their phone for voice, SMS and data, and will be charged standard rates till the user’s usage value doesn’t cross Rs. 599. Upon crossing Rs. 599, the user will be billed Rs. 599 for each additional day that they use the International Roaming facility.
According to Vi, RedX postpaid plan customers of Vi can avail international trip every year with seven days Vi International Roaming Free pack worth Rs. 2,999.
Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom Says to Use Solar, Wind Energy for 5G Mobile Masts in Germany
Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom are harnessing the power of the wind and the sun at an energy-hungry 5G mobile site in Germany in an effort to guard against soaring electricity costs.
With already high bills only rising further, energy-intensive European companies are looking for innovative ways to secure reliable, low-carbon energy.
Telecom operators have extra motivation to cut costs as they also need to channel $872 billion (roughly Rs. 67,59,700 crore) globally into the rollout of next-generation 5G networks until 2030, to Morgan Stanley.
“Energy costs for our sector are around $25 billion (roughly Rs. 1,93,768 crore) per year, probably closer to $30 billion (roughly Rs. 2,32,522 crore), at current energy prices,” Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Ericsson’s head of sustainability, said in an interview. “So it is sort of on the same magnitude as the investment in radio equipment and other things.”
Ericsson said the 5 kilowatt wind turbine and solar modules could theoretically power the entire site of Dittenheim, around 120 miles (roughly 193 kilometres) north of Munich in the state of Bavaria.
Twelve square metres of solar panels have already been operating for a year, supplying about 10 percent of the required energy.
Backup when the wind drops or the sun sets comes from centralised, often fossil-fuel powered, plants via a connection to the main grid.
Scharp said telecom operators can use local renewable energy when market prices are higher — typically during the morning and evening — and rely on the grid when lower demand reduces costs.
The new system could be quickly rolled out to other mobile sites in the future.
Energy costs accounted for around 5 percent of telecom operators’ operating expenditure on average, according to from McKinsey, a figure which is expected to increase as 5G is deployed more widely.
© Thomson Reuters 2022
Broadcom Said to Be in Talks to Acquire VMware
Chipmaker Broadcom is in talks to acquire cloud service provider VMware, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The acquisition would further diversify Broadcom’s business away from semiconductors and into enterprise software, following its $18.9 billion (roughly Rs. 1,46,591 crore) acquisition of CA Technologies and its $10.7 billion (roughly Rs. 82,997 crore) purchase of Symantec’s security division in the last four years.
Bloomberg News first reported the deal late on Sunday. Broadcom and VMware did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. As of Friday’s market close, the market capitalisation of VMware was $40.3 billion (roughly Rs. 3,12,598 crore).
Michael Dell is VMware’s biggest investor with a 40 percent stake as a result of Dell Technologies having spun out VMWare to its shareholders last year, according to Refinitiv data.
Private equity firm Silver Lake, which has previously invested in Broadcom, is VMware’s second largest shareholder with a 10 percent stake, Refinitiv data shows.
© Thomson Reuters 2022
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