A few days after images of a set top box leaked online, information has just been posted on the Reliance Jio website, confirming the company’s expansion to both the television and broadband markets.
Separate tabs have appeared under the Quick Recharge section of the website, which now offers two new recharge options for Home Broadband and Jio Link, alongside pre-existing offerings.
The company was reportedly testing fibre-based home internet connections in Mumbai and Pune in September, a fact it later confirmed. However, we never received any more information about the plan prices, speeds or even a launch date.
The update to the Jio website now suggests the service may be introduced very soon, likely within the a week’s time, at least in a few key areas. There are still no other details available unfortunately. The only possible clue is that Jio head Mukesh Ambani had earlier suggested the company would eventually launch 1Gbps internet services in India.
Jio Link, on the other hand, is almost certainly the name for the set-top-box we got sneak peek of earlier this week. It’s still not clear whether Jio will be offering DTH or IPTV (Internet Protocol Television), though it might perhaps be both, considering the box also has an Ethernet port. Again, there are no details of a pricing plan or launch date here.
Considering how Reliance Jio has been marketing its mobile services, with freebies galore, it’s not too hard to imagine the company will follow the same policy for its home broadband and IPTV offerings. Likely it’ll take the form of packages combining these services with mobile data, as opposed to time-bound free usage, but we’ll have to wait and see.