Jio is preparing to launch ‘JioLink’, a fixed 4G hotspot device, in the market at a price of Rs 2,500, and it will bundle it with unlimited data and access to all Jio applications for 90 days, according to a report by tech blog FoneArena. JioLink which is essentially a customer premise equipment (CPE) will be launched commercially to address poor indoor coverage and slow speeds.
The JioLink comes with a unidirectional antenna, which will be installed on the roof or terrace of a building, while the indoor WiFi router will be installed in home or office. The report said that the JioLink unit features a RJ45 port and is connected to the antenna by means of a Cat5 / Cat 6 cable.
JioLink will also allow users to use Jio’s high-speed 4G services on devices which don’t support Jio’s LTE bands. The report said that the solution is mainly targeted at offering data and not calling, but considering Jio is planning to roll out support for Wi-Fi calling or VoWiFI, this could be a good solution to have.
After the integration of 850 MHz for a better LTE coverage, a number of Jio users have complained about low speeds. However, this problem is likely to be solved with this device, which is optimized for all the bands that Jio is using to offer services with better signal strength.
The device is currently not available for purchases from Reliance Digital Stores, but the report claimed it would be available for Rs 2500 as installation charges. Most likely Jio would unveil the product on August 15 with IPTV set-top box. TT earlier reported that Jio will offer live TV and internet facility through CEP to its customers.
Upon inquiry, TT found out that Reliance stores haven’t got the stocks of this device. A number of Jio employees and managers working with Digital and Digital Mini stores were unaware about such developments. An executive told TT that Jio hasn’t provided any training for selling such devices.