Monday, February 16, 2015

Reliance Jio: a revolution in India's broadband scene?

Reliance Jio Infocomm acquired pan India 4G spectrum in 2010, now is the time when they're obliged to utilize spectrum and launch their services. I'm closely following developments related to Jio from quite some time.

RJIL is aggressively laying fibre almost everywhere. They've also started public WiFi hotspots in few cities of Gujarat with Jionet branding and I'm actively using it. It was started on 26th Jan 2014 in Ahmedabad and was supposed to be free for first 3 months however it's Feb 15 2015 and the service is still freely available. Based on my experience with Jionet, I've seen speeds upto 11 Mbps however most of time it is around 3-8 Mbps, which is good considering that the service is free of cost.

I think there is a big push towards data driven applications, they're also working on apps like 

  • Jio Drive (Service like Dropbox, 100 GB Storage!)
  • Jio Play (Live TV, with 7 days of content, more than 300 channels)
  • Jio Beats (Similar to Spotify, Gaana, Saavn etc)
  • Jio On-Demand (Netflix ?)
  • Jio Movies
  • Jio World (looks like Jio's appstore & deals portal)
  • Jio Friends 
  • Jio Social (WhatsApp + Hike + Viber, sound quality and video quality is great even on mobile data )
  • Jio Mags (e-magazines app)
  • Jio News (all newspapers in electronic format for almost all regional languages, similar to NewHunt)
  • Jio Broadcast
You can install and try some of these apps once you install Jio World.

I've been using these apps on both Android & iOS, I'll write more about above mentioned apps along with screen shots.

They seem to be pushing Digital India dream as well. They're setting up around 15 data centers in India to take care of distributing content as well as providing cloud services similar to Amazon AWS.

Based on few tweets it also looks like they've started powering commercial building and residential societies with 100 Mbps FTTX connections.

I'm looking forward for their launch, I've a feeling that interesting time is ahead for Indian broadband space. It would be great if Mukesh Ambani can pull off the same effect in ISP space as was done by Reliance Infocomm in mobile in 2004.