It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the arrival of Reliance Jio completely transformed the Indian telecom sector. The telco’s ultra-affordable combo plans forced competitors to massively tweak their own offerings, starting a tariff war that’s probably won’t be over anytime soon.
Now that the cellular space is taken care of, Reliance Jio’s sights are fixed on the broadband sector. Announced at the company’s 41st Annual General Meeting in July this year, JioGigaFiber seems all geared up to repeat the success that Jio has achieved. However, the Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service is likely to face some serious competition from state-run BSNL and Airtel, which have their own solid offerings (BSNL Broadband and Airtel V-Fiber, respectively) as well.
Here’s a comparative look at the plans and benefits offered by JioGigaFiber, BSNL Broadband, and Airtel V-Fiber.
Airtel V-Fiber broadband service is currently available in several major Indian cities like Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Pune, and Indore. Airtel’s Rs 799 plan offers 100GB of monthly data with 40Mbps speeds, as well as unlimited voice calling benefits. Then there are Rs 1,299 and Rs 1,999 plans, which offer 500GB and unlimited monthly data, respectively, with speeds of 100Mbps. However, these plans are limited to Gurugram circle only. Subscribers also get a free broadband router and Amazon Prime subscription, with connectivity limited to 10 devices.
State-owned BSNL has quite a large presence across the country. Its Rs 777 plan offers 500GB of monthly data with 50Mbps speeds. Then there’s the Rs 1,277 plan, which comes with 750GB of data allowance per month, at speeds of 100Mbps. Once that allowance is exhausted, the speed drops to 2Mbps. There are no activation/installation charges, but subscribers must pay a one-time security fee and router charges.
Watch: Jio Home IoT Solutions
Even though registrations for JioGigaFiber opened back in August, there’s been no official word from the company regarding the plans and availability. That said, the service is currently available with a preview offer, which offers 100GB of monthly data allowance for 90 days, with speeds of 100Mbps. In addition, there’s complimentary access to Jio’s entire suite of apps thrown into the mix. Since the offer is in preview, there are no installation charges, but users have to pay a refundable security deposit of Rs 4,500 for the ‘GigaHub Home Gateway’ device.