Reliance Jio Infocomm is reportedly gearing up to expand the company's product portfolio by venturing into diverse areas such as broadband services and direct-to-home (DTH) TV services.
Things to Expect from Reliance Jio in 2017
FTTH broadband services. Reliance Industries plans to spend a further 18,000 crore additional investment required for its fiber network as it expands Jio's 4G reach. The Reliance Jio fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services have already been offering trials at a few locations and the services will expand to more cities soon. Reliance Jio FTTH broadband services offer speed ranging from 70 to 100 Mbps. This is way faster than what the competition is currently offering in the market. As with Reliance Jio, pricing would be a key factor for the success of Reliance Jio broadband services.
DTH service. Reliance Jio is expected to launch direct-to-home (DTH) TV services, which will broadcast native TV channels and stream online content with the help of Jio's broadband services. The Reliance Jio DTH service would offer more than 350 channels – with at least 50 high-definition (HD) channels. Also, the DTH services will make use of Jio's cloud capabilities to store content for later viewing purpose and, therefore, the user will get the flexibility to save the program directly on cloud, thus eliminating the need for any external storage device.
4G VoLTE feature phone. Reliance Jio is reportedly working on a feature phone that will support 4G VoLTE services. The feature phone also purportedly sports hardware buttons to use the suite of Jio apps. The phone will be subsidized by Reliance and might retail at a value ranging from 999 to 1500.