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    Reliance announces JioAirFiber, an ultra high-speed wireless broadband service

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    Reliance announces JioAirFiber, an ultra high-speed wireless broadband service


    Jio True 5G is basically a standalone 5G network, which the company says will accelerate digital transformation in India. A key component of this is the ultra-high-speed fixed-broadband service, which the company has named JioAirFiber.

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    Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani announced on Monday that Jio Infocomm, the company's telecommuications arm, would launch Jio True 5G — a standalone network the firm says would accelerate digital transformation in India.
    A key component of this is the ultra-high-speed fixed-broadband service, which the company has named "JioAirFiber".
    "With JioAirFiber, it will be really easy to connect your home or office to Gigabit-speed internet quickly," Jio Infocomm Chairman Akash M Ambani said during the RIL AGM.
    What is JioAirFiber?
    The company calls JioAirFiber a "wireless, simple, single-device solution".
    "Get it, plug it in, turn it on, and that's it. You now have a personal Wi-Fi hotspot in your home, connected to ultra-high-speed internet using True 5G," Akash said on Monday.
    The aesthetic advantage of JioAirFiber is the complete absence of wires, which otherwise "create an eyesore".
    Akash said JioAirFiber would enable hundreds of millions of homes and offices to be connected to ultra-high-speed broadband, "that too in a very short period". He said this would push India to be ranked among the top 10 nations, even for fixed broadband.
    What are the benefits?
    JioAirFiber allows for ultra-low latency, which will be beneficial to online gaming, video streaming, even on-the-go, JioAirFiber also allows multiple video streams for sports games in ultra high definition, showing multiple camera angles at the same time.
    "And, we can dynamically choose which camera angle we want to focus on, while still having a preview of other video streams. This makes every (IPL) game truly immersive, even better than the real-match experience, and personalised to suit every viewer's preferences," Akash said.
    Game-changer in personal computing
    Think Personal Computer, and the first thing that comes to mind is the ubiquitous desktop PC, whose internals must be upgraded every few years for it to stay current and support the latest applications, more so in the case of PC gamers, whose graphics cards become obsolete every couple of years.
    JioAirFiber aims to change that.
    According to Jio, using JioAirFiber, customers "opt to use a virtual PC hosted in the cloud".
    A virtual PC is essentially an extremely powerful computer that is housed in a server. Each computer will be able to support multiple simultaneous connections and, if the user's internet speed is high enough, will provide a seamless experience that simulates a local PC experience. In other words, regardless of which device a user is on, s/he will be able to experience the full power of this virtual PC with no lag — something that's not achievable in 4G.
    This will be similar to the GEForce Now service offered by graphic card maker NVIDIA, which, for a monthly fee, allows users to connect to a hyper-powered gaming PC over cloud and play games of their choice, regardless of the configuration of their own computers. This feature has so far been out of reach for Indian users.
    Dubbed Jio Cloud PC, this service requires no large upfront investments and no upgrades. "You only pay to the extent you use the Cloud PC, resulting in a super-affordable way to bring the power of a PC, even multiple PCs, to every Indian home and business," said Kiran Thomas, Reliance Industries Limited President.
    "The two-way interactivity enabled by JioAirFiber will create unique and highly engaging experiences for the entire family, such as interactive live content, cloud gaming, immersive shopping and much more, with a focus on continuously enhancing customer experience and privacy," Akash added.
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