Jio Fiber has expanded its broadband portfolio by adding quarterly plans in addition to semi-annual and annual offerings for its postpaid customers. The launch comes a couple of months after the Internet service provider (ISP) introduced its semi-annual and annual postpaid plans. Jio Fiber’s new quarterly postpaid broadband plans start from as low as Rs. 2,097 and go up to Rs. 25,597 (excluding GST). Jio says these plans will incur no installation charges and will come with Internet speed of up to 1Gbps.
Jio Fiber quarterly postpaid plans
The most affordable Jio Fiber quarterly postpaid broadband plan is priced at Rs. 2,097. It brings 100Mbps upload and download speeds for three months of unlimited data, along with voice calling benefits. It doesn’t include any value-added service or over-the-top (OTT) subscription, as per the details available on Jio.com.
If you’re looking for some bundled benefits, you can pick the Rs. 2,997 Jio Fiber postpaid broadband plan that offers access to 14 OTT platforms that are namely AltBalaji, Amazon Prime Video, Discovery+, Disney+ Hotstar, Eros Now, HoiChoi, JioSaavn, JioCinema, Lionsgate Play, ShemarooMe, SonyLIV, Sun NXT, Voot Kids, Voot Select, and Zee5. It comes with up to 150Mbps download and upload speeds as well as voice calling for three months.
There is also the Rs. 4,497 Jio Fiber postpaid quarterly plan, which includes all the OTT platforms that are bundled with the Rs. 2,997 broadband plan, 300Mbps of download and upload speeds, as well as offer voice calling support. Moreover, the Rs. 4,497 plan also includes Netflix (Basic) plan.
For an even faster experience, there is the Rs. 7,497 Jio Fiber postpaid broadband plan for three months. It brings 500Mbps of download and upload speeds as well as voice calling support. Further, the Rs. 7,497 Jio Fiber quarterly plan gives you access to all 15 OTT platforms that customers get on the Rs. 4,497 Jio postpaid plan.
In case you’re looking for a speed faster than 500Mbps, Jio Fiber has the Rs. 11,997 quarterly postpaid plan that brings up to 1Gbps download and upload speeds. The Rs. 11,997 Jio Fiber plan also includes voice calling support and access to the 15 OTT platforms that you get with the Rs. 4,497 and Rs. 7,497 plans.
The Rs. 2,097, Rs. 2,997, Rs. 4,497, Rs. 7,497, and Rs. 11,997 Jio Fiber quarterly postpaid plans come with an “unlimited” data allocation that has a cap of 3,300GB as per the commercial user policy. However, Jio also has the Rs. 25,497 postpaid plan in its quarterly catalogue that brings up to 1Gbps download and upload speeds along with a data quota of 6,600GB (or 6.6TB) a month. The Rs. 25,497 plan also provides access to the 15 OTT platforms that are available with other plans.
|2097||Unlimited data at 100Mbps speed, free voice calls||–|
|2997||Unlimited data at 150Mbps speed, free voice calls||AltBalaji, Amazon Prime Video, Discovery+, Disney+ Hotstar, Eros Now, HoiChoi, JioSaavn, JioCinema, Lionsgate Play, ShemarooMe, SonyLIV, Sun NXT, Voot Kids, Voot Select, and Zee5|
|4497||Unlimited data at 300Mbps speed, free voice calls||AltBalaji, Amazon Prime Video, Discovery+, Disney+ Hotstar, Eros Now, HoiChoi, JioSaavn, JioCinema, Lionsgate Play, Netflix (Basic), ShemarooMe, SonyLIV, Sun NXT, Voot Kids, Voot Select, and Zee5|
|7497||Unlimited data at 500Mbps speed, free voice calls||AltBalaji, Amazon Prime Video, Discovery+, Disney+ Hotstar, Eros Now, HoiChoi, JioSaavn, JioCinema, Lionsgate Play, Netflix (Basic), ShemarooMe, SonyLIV, Sun NXT, Voot Kids, Voot Select, and Zee5|
|11997||Unlimited data at 1Gbps speed, free voice calls||AltBalaji, Amazon Prime Video, Discovery+, Disney+ Hotstar, Eros Now, HoiChoi, JioSaavn, JioCinema, Lionsgate Play, Netflix (Basic), ShemarooMe, SonyLIV, Sun NXT, Voot Kids, Voot Select, and Zee5|
|25497||6600GB (monthly) at 1Gbps speed, free voice calls|
Jio Fiber customers get a free 4K set-top box on picking any of the available postpaid plans. The quarterly plans are also said to not include any installation charges or security deposit.
Customers looking to get a Jio Fiber postpaid connection can also consider its semi-annual and annual plans that start at Rs. 2,394 and Rs. 4,788 for six months and 12 months, respectively. The broadband service is also available in prepaid options.
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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