Reliance will make its 5G hotspot service Jio AirFiber available next month. Leveraging the ultra-high-speed broadband of the fifth-generation network, the leading Indian operator will seek to disrupt the wireless broadband internet market with its latest gig.
Jio AirFiber is a WiFi hotspot service that provides internet through a 5G network, Jio’s “True 5G” to be exact but without any cables, a perfect fit for those who don’t want cluttered cables for an internet connection. All that one needs is to plug it in and turn it on to enjoy a blistering speed on gadgets.
The original plan behind the wireless 5G hotspot service is to grow it’s evolving mobile broadband subscribers. The Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance is competing mainly with Airtel for the next mobile broadband revolution and the former wants to take an early lead.
Jio AirFiber will launch in September
The Jio AirFiber hotspot device is launching in the market starting September 19. The pricing details haven’t been announced yet.
“Today, I’m delighted to announce that JioAirFiber will launch on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on 19th September, giving us another avenue for customer value and revenue growth in the untapped Indian home segment,” Mukesh Ambarni, Reliance Industries chairman announced in his address to shareholder in Reliance’s 46th Annual General Meeting.
“We can currently connect around 15,000 premises daily, but with Jio AirFiber, we can supercharge this expansion with up to 150,000 connections per day. This is a 10-fold increase, expanding our addressable market over the next three years to over 200 million high-paying homes and premises,” Ambani added.
With Jio AirFiber, we can supercharge this expansion with up to 150,000 connections per dayMukesh Ambani on the launch of Jio AirFiber hotspot
Users can operate the hotspot device with the Jio Home app to grant and restrict WiFi access. Additionally, Jio says that its hotspot service comes with an AI-powered Proactive Quality Monitoring feature which irons out “most WiFi issues even before they occur.”
Airtel responds with its own
Bharti Airtel, India’s prominent telecom player has responded with its Xstream AirFiber to tackle Jio’s AirFiber solution. And unlike, Jio, Airtel has also announced details of its packages. The operator is providing its Xtream AirFiber with a 100 Mbps speed package for $10 a month. It also includes a 6-month commitment and a refundable security deposit of over $30.
Jio commenced 5G in 2022 and now boasts over 50 million subscribers. The company revolutionized the internet with 4G and wants to emulate the same with the latest and greatest mobile network. It has already completed 5G coverage in 1,000 cities across the country and aims to bring advanced connectivity to every town in the country by the end of 2023.
Jio enjoys a total of 450 million user base with every user consuming 25 GB of data average per month.
The company has also expressed its ambition to become the largest 5G operator in the world. And realizing what it did with 4G, and given the wealth of resources it possesses, we can’t deny its potential.