In the early 2010s, broadband plans by leading operators were expensive. When JIO entered the market, the operators reduced their pricing to match with the pricing of JIO. JIO also bundled free access to paid OTT applications. Thus, before 2017, people purchased broadband plans from companies only if the internet speed was great. Now, in addition to download/upload speeds, many people look for add-on services or offer such as OTT subscription, access to music streaming services, etc. JIO, Airtel, and ACT are among the top 5 broadband companies in India. Airtel and JIO are PAN India players. ACT Fibernet is popular in South India. The company is expanding its network to more cities. These three broadband service providers have launched fiber-based broadband plans under 500, 1000, 1500, 2000, and 8000 Rs. Below, we’ve covered the plans and features offered by three broadband service providers in detail:
JIO Fiber vs ACT Fibernet vs Airtel
Among the three companies i.e. Airtel, JIO, and ACT Fibernet, ACT is the only company that has launched different broadband plans for each city. The broadband plans of the company start at Rs 549 and can cost up to 7000 Rs. Each plan of ACT ships with a huge amount of unlimited data. The 549 Rs plan is available for users based in Ahmedabad. The speed offered to the users of this plan is 50 Mbps and the data offered is unlimited.
The ACT FIbernet plan with the highest speed is 1 Gbps. The 1Gbps plans cost within 5000 to 7000 Rs. Most plans of ACT Fibernet offer unlimited data post FUP usage with a restricted speed of 512 kbps to 1MBps. When it comes to offers, ACT Fibernet has not partnered with various OTT service providers to offer some discounts on premium subscriptions. It offers a discount on its premium services such as Act Stream TV, ACT Game, ACT Shield. It also provides a free trial of ZEE5, Aha, Cure fit, and premium plan of Hungama at a discounted price of 99.
Jio Fiber offers a free trial of its broadband service. If you’re not satisfied with the service or speed, you can ask Jio Fiber to take back their equipment. Jio Fiber offers two options to the users opting for a free trial or their broadband service – a 4K set-top box or a non 4k set-top box. If you go for the 4K set-top box, you will have to pay a 2500 Rs deposit. If you choose the non 4k set-top box, you must pay a Rs 1500 deposit.
Jio Fiber offers 7 broadband plans. The company has not named its plans with fancy words. The name of the Jio Fiber plan is the price of the plan. The monthly plans cost Rs 399, 699, 999, 1499, 2499, 3999, 8499. The quarterly plans are priced at Rs 1197, 2097, 2997, 4497, 7497, 11997, and 25497 respectively. The data offered is unlimited and the speed is 30 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 150 Mbps, 300 Mbps, 500 Mbps, & 1Gbps. Here are the semi-annual and annual plans of the company:
Semi annual plans
Reliance enables users to buy its annual broadband plans on EMI. The interest rate varies between 13 to 15%. Excluding the 30 Mbps and 100 Mbps plan, JIO offers free access to the following OTT services – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Sony LIV, Disney Hotstar VIP, Sun NXT, ALT Balaji, Eros Now, Voot Select, Lionsgate, and Discover Plus.
Airtel offers 5 broadband plans bundled with multiple OTT services. The plans of the company are named Unlimited, Premium, Entertainment, Ultra, and VIP. The Unlimited plan is priced at Rs 499 per month and it offers a download speed of up to 40 Mbps. The Premium plan costs 799 and has a download speed of up to 100 Mbps. The Entertainment plan of Airtel offers unlimited data at speed up to 300 Mbps and costs Rs 999/month. The download speed of Ultra and VIP plans is 300 Mbps and 1 Gbps respectively. They are priced at Rs 1499 and 3999 per month. The users of the Unlimited and Premium plans get free access to Airtel Xstream streaming and Wynk music streaming services. Users of the other 3 plans will get a free subscription to Amazon Prime Video and Disney + Hotstar VIP OTT services.
How to book Airtel, Jio Fiber, and ACT Fiber broadband?
The websites of Airtel, ACT Fiber, and Jio Fiber have a form to book the broadband service. Once you fill the form and click the “Submit” button, the company’s staff will call you within 6 to 7 hours. The staff may ask your address/location and will tell you whether the company can provide broadband service at your premises or not.
Annual vs monthly subscription: Which is better?
The annual plans will save you money. You have to only pay money once to enjoy superfast broadband service.