A new version of the Optical Network Terminal (ONT) device has been brought up by Reliance Jio called the “Gigahub Home Gateway” for Jio GigaFiber requiring a security deposit of Rs 2,500 only. This price is Rs 2,000 less than the original ONT device which costs Rs 4,500. Having a single band router, the new Jio GigaFiber ONT is somewhat inferior to the original ONT device. However, the service offered by the Jio GigaFiber broadband service on the new device is similar to what was offered on the original GigaHub Home Gateway.
While customers in Chennai and Mumbai are able to avail services by paying a security deposit of just Rs 2,500 which is refundable in nature just like the original plan of Rs 4,500, a complete pan-India rollout is yet to be seen. As reported by a Twitter user, Preshit Deorukhkar, the router offered by the new version comes with single band support and the maximum speed can be 50Mbps. According to Preshit, the new ONT device does not support the 5GHz Wi-Fi band but can support only 2.4GHz b/g/n Wi-Fi. Moreover, the Ethernet port provided on the device is not a 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) but a 10/100. It measures 9×5-inches and is black in color. Also, the device includes three RJ45, one RJ11 and one USB 2.0 port at the back.
GigaFiber Home Gateway which is the original ONT device supports dual-band connectivity with 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies and supports 1Gbps speeds but has a limited speed up to 100Mbps for the currently offered plans.
The monthly data limit of the new version of Jio GigaFiber is 1100GB which is free and is now offering access to the Jio TV app. The latest version is expected to be launched across India in the coming months, while the original Rs 4,500 model was introduced in August last year.
At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last year, Reliance Industries revealed that Jio GigaFiber would be acting as an all-in-one solution that will offer broadband, IPTV, landline, video conferencing, VR gaming, and smart home connectivity.