Jio is all set to launch the much awaited AirFiber service today as revealed by chairman Mukesh Ambani at the company’s AGM earlier this month. But even before the official launch we have access to the plan info from an archived web page from the company’s official website which is currently not accessible. There are two sets of plans, Jio AirFiber plans for the truly wireless router devices and the AirFiber Max plans for the routers which connect to an outdoor unit (CPE) through a wire. Without further delay, let us have a look at the plans.
The AirFiber plans are pretty much the same as the existing Jio Fiber postpaid plans with the OTT add-on pack. The Rs 599 plan provides unlimited data at 30 Mbps with access to 14 OTT apps through the Jio STB. The Rs 899 plan provides 100 Mbps with 14 OTT apps and the Rs 1199 plan provides 100 Mbps but with 16 OTT apps including Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The AirFiber Max plans provide higher speeds ranging from 300 Mbps to 1 Gbps. The Rs 1499 plan provides 300 Mbps with access to 16 OTT apps, the Rs 2499 plan gives access to 500 Mbps with 15 OTT apps and the Rs 3999 plan gives access to data at 1 Gbps and 16 OTT apps.
It is worth noting that all plans have a validity of a monthly billing cycle but new customers would need to pay an advance rental of minimum 6 or 12 months, post which they can choose to switch to monthly billing cycle. All the plan rentals are exclusive of GST and the final payable amount will include an additional 18% GST.
The service has currently been launched in limited cities including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. It is expected to go live in other major cities soon, as Jio may be facing a logistical challenge in providing the devices to multiple cities and also the skilled manpower needed to install it at the customer premises.
As of now it is unclear if there will be an additional security deposit for the devices or whether the advance rental makes up for it with the long term rental commitment. The device may have to be returned to the company at the time of surrendering of the connection. Jio will also provide a set top box (STB) with the connection which needs to be used to enjoy the bundled OTT subscriptions.