With the spread of the Coronavirus in India, the country is currently in a state of lockdown till April 15. Business, educational institutions and more are shut leading to a work from home situation for most that can do it. Working from home means connecting to the internet more and consuming more data. As a part of the #CoronaHaaregaIndiaJeetega campaign, Reliance Jio is offering new customers a base plan of 10Mbps without charging any service charge. For existing JioFiber users, the broadband provider is doubling the data which is a part of the plan.
In a released statement, Jio says, “Through JioFiber, JioFi and its mobility service, Jio will enable access to world-class and dependable Internet services. To ensure that everyone stays connected while at home, Jio will provide Basic JioFiber broadband connectivity (10 Mbps), wherever it is geographically feasible, without any service charges, for this period. Jio will also provide home gateway routers with a minimum refundable deposit. For all existing JioFiber subscribers, Jio will provide double data across all plans”.
On the mobile front as well, Jio has doubled the data available via its 4G data add on packs. The statement reads, “Jio will provide double-data across its 4G data add-on vouchers. It will also bundle non-Jio voice calling minutes in these vouchers at no additional cost, to meet the increased need of these services. As its ongoing commitment, Jio is ensuring that its mobility services are up and running at all times with the deployment of essential teams on rotation round the clock across the country.” You can read more about the mobile 4G add on plans and the amount of data they provide here.
Jio is not the only one working to ensure smooth internet services at home. MTNL has doubled the data on all broadband plans for a month in Delhi and Mumbai. You can read more about the MTNL plans here. BSNL too has provided a broadband plan for those working from home. The ‘Work@Home’ broadband plan from BSNL will give users 5GB of daily data. It will provide speed up to 10Mbps. The new plans are applicable across all networks in India, including the Andaman and Nicobar region. You can read more about the BSNL plan here.
In the midst of all the Coronavirus fear, it is important to stay safe online. Cybersecurity firms have seen a rise in phishing, malware and ransomware attacks online. These hackers are feeding and exploiting the fear in people to get their data. You can read how to be safe online here.