BSNL to launch Fiber-WiFi, IPTV service in Kerala tomorrow

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the state-owned telecom operator, will launch WiFi-based Fiber broadband connections in Kerala tomorrow, starting with the Kochi business area. This will be the first time that BSNL is offering last-mile connectivity over Wifi under its fiber broadband service. So far, BSNL has been giving fiber broadband connections only in those locations […]

BSNL offers unlimited data for 1 year for FTTH upgrade in Kerala

State-owned telecom operator BSNL has unveiled a new promotional offer under which it will give unlimited data to landline and DSL customers willing to upgrade to its fiber-to-the-home service Bharat Fiber in Kerala. The plan, called CS340, entitles the user to unlimited data at 1 Mbps for 1 year on payment of Rs 1,200 (Rs […]

Reliance blocks sideloading of third-party Android apps on Jio Fiber box

Reliance Jio, the country’s largest telecom operator, has started blocking the ‘sideloading’ of third-party Android apps on its Jio Fiber set top boxes. The operator had recently introduced Android Pie-based fiber set top boxes for its users over the last few weeks, and subscribers soon realized that the box came with two key assets that […]

Jio Fiber crosses 1 million subscriber mark, but addition slows

Reliance Jio Fiber, the wired broadband service from Reliance Jio, crossed the 1 million subscriber mark in November, but the company’s pace of customer additions showed a sharp slowdown during the month. The company added 43,198 Jio Fiber customers during November 2019, taking the total to 1.02 million. With over 10 lakh fiber users, Jio […]

Reliance Jio Fiber overtakes You Broadband within 1 month

Reliance Jio added 8.6 lakh customers in the first month of its operation, overtaking You Broadband, which has a total of 7.5 lakh customers, in the first month itself. Jio also equaled Hathway Cable’s broadband customer numbers in its first month of commercial operation. At the end of the first month, Jio had one third […]

Reliance Jio to sign up 3.5 cr fiber broadband users by end-2020

Reliance Jio, India’s biggest telecom operator by volumes, has set a short-term target of signing on 3.5 cr (35 mln) subscribers for its fiber internet service by the end of 2020, said a stock analyst, quoting company sources. “Their immediate target is to sign up 20 mln [2 cr] homes in the next 12-15 months,” […]

Jio Fiber Rollout: Kerala customers to migrate to new plans by month-end

Reliance Jio’s Fiber broadband’s trial customers in five cities in Kerala will be moved to the newly announced commercial plans by month-end, according to a company official, followed by an expansion of activities beyond these five locations. At present, Jio Fiber has around 5,000 customers in five cities — Trivandrum, Kochi, Calicut, Thrissur and Kannur. […]

Kerala Electricity Board to offer free fiber internet

Kerala State Electricity Board, the public sector power distribution monopoly that is used by major broadband operators to hang their cables, has decided to start a fiber-to-the-home service on its own. The service, to be called K Fone, will also include a free-tier, which will come with limited data allowance and will be provided to […]

JIO FIBER tariff plans unveiled; slightly costlier than expected

Reliance Jio has unveiled detailed prepaid tariff plans for its Jio Fiber broadband-cum-IPTV service. The plans start at Rs 699 per month (Rs 825 including 18% GST) for 100 GB and go and go all the way up to Rs 8,499. On the face of it, the plans are slightly more expensive than most people […]

Watch Live: Mukesh Ambani AGM speech to unveil Reliance GigaFiber plans

Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Industries, is all set to unveil attractive broadband-cum-TV plans under Reliance Gigafiber at the annual general meeting of Reliance Industries at 11 AM. The plans have been a well kept secret, but according to early indications, the company will offer free cable TV and 200 […]

Airtel deploys Ciena software to optimize its core network ahead of 5G, FTTH

Bharti Airtel, one of India’s top three telecom operators, said it has chosen US-based Ciena to supply the core technology on which its countrywide optical backbone will be managed. The adoption of technology from Ciena — one of the original dotcom-era startups — will help Airtel adapt to the new age of 5G and fiber-to-the-home, […]

Sterlite Tech gets Rs 1,500 cr Bharatnet contract for 8 Maharashtra districts

Two weeks after announcing a Rs 3,500 cr order to build the Indian Navy’s communication network, Sterlite Technologies said it won a Rs 1,512 cr order to connect 4,045 panchayats in Maharashtra under the BharatNet project. The announcement comes close on the heels of GTPL Hathway and Polycab Wires announcing a Rs 1,246 cr order to connect 3,767 […]

Jio GigaFiber to be launched in 1,500 cities – Mukesh Ambani

India’s biggest billionaire and chairman of telecom operator Reliance Jio said today his company is rolling out fiber connectivity in 1,500 cities in India — an apparent uptick from the 1,100 cities announced four months ago. Pointing out that India is ranked at 134th in the global ranking for fixed broadband penetration, Ambani said Jio is determined to […]

Bharti Airtel says open to partnering with cable operators for broadband

Bharti Airtel today said that it was ‘open to’ partnering with cable operators to get access to last mile connections to customers for its broadband service. “We would be open to looking at partnerships to expand our access to the last mile,” said CEO Gopal Vittal. The comment came in the context of Reliance Jio […]

Bharti Airtel to quicken broadband expansion to take on Reliance Jio GigaFiber

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company be revenue, said it will increase the pace of expansion of its wired broadband service by four times this year as it responds to the launch of GigaFiber, the new pan-India fiber service from rival Reliance Jio. Speaking after announcing Airtel’s quarterly results, company officials said they would bring […]

Does Jio GigaFiber & GigaTV mark the end of Cable & DTH industry?

India’s cable company stocks have fallen by about 15%-25% since Reliance Jio, India’s largest telecom company by volumes, yesterday announced the commencement of its long-awaited fiber broadband and TV service from August 15. It is feared that the company’s entry can lead to widespread shutdowns and losses in the cable and broadband industry, similar to […]

FULL TEXT: Mukesh Ambani announces launch of Reliance Jio GigaFiber in 1,100 cities

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani today announced that Jio will start giving out connections of its much-awaited broadband service, Jio GigaFiber, starting on August 15. Surprisingly, Ambani said the service will be available in 1,100 cities of India from Day 1, and not 100 cities as was announced two years ago. This means that Jio […]

Ahead of Reliance Jio Fiber launch, Spectra offers unlimited 1 Gbps at Rs 1,249

Spectra, formerly known as Spectranet, said it is now offering what is arguably India’s cheapest high-speed broadband service, even as rumors of an impending launch of Reliance Jio’s JioFiber start gaining momentum. Under the plan, Spectra said customers will get a download and upload speed of 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps) with unlimited data usage for […]

Reliance Jio shares Fiber offer details on website

Reliance Jio has updated its website, jio.com, with a single, prepaid fiber broadband plan. “Currently our JioFiber services are Prepaid. We plan to launch the JioFiber Post-paid in due course of time,” the company said on its website. Under the single, prepaid plan, a user can get a monthly data quota of 100 GB as […]

Bharti Airtel launches Fiber-to-the-Home services at Rs 2,199 per month

With the launch of Reliance Jio’s home broadband services drawing nearer, competitor Bharti Airtel has introduced new fiber-based broadband plans with speeds of up to 300 Mbps. The FTIH (Fiber-To-the-Home) based plan comes at a monthly rental of Rs. 2199 and offers 1200GB of ultra-high speed data along with unlimited STD and local calling benefits. […]