Airtel Broadband Plans Give a Stiff Competition to Reliance JioFiber and These are the Reasons

Bharti Airtel’s broadband service, Airtel V Fiber is competing hard with Reliance JioFiber which ships plans from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps speed

Highlights
  • Bharti Airtel has also introduced a 1 Gbps plan
  • The Airtel Xstream Fiber plan is available for Rs 3,999

The rivalry between Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio is well known by everyone. The two telecom operators have been on the polar ends of spectrum ever since the latter stepped into the telecom industry a few years back. Even though Reliance Jio made some hard manoeuvres in the market, Bharti Airtel has been able to match it for the most part. Whether it is in prepaid, DTH, or in broadband, Bharti Airtel has launched offerings which closely compete with Reliance Jio and in many cases even trump the offers from the other telco. The same is true for the broadband segment as well. While Reliance Jio has introduced its JioFiber service, Bharti Airtel has the V Fiber FTTH service for its customers. Both compete head on, and Bharti Airtel’s plans are very comparable with JioFiber’s.

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Comparison Under Rs 1,000 Monthly Rental

Airtel currently has the Rs 799 broadband plan for its subscribers which offers 100GB data with 40 Mbps speed. There is also 200GB additional data thrown in the mix. The telco also ships additional benefits like free subscription to Airtel Xstream service. Whereas, Reliance JioFiber is offering 100GB data per month with speeds capped at 100 Mbps. This plan is available for subscribers for Rs 699 only. The subscribers also get the Jio Set-Top Box for free and access to Jio’s gaming, video calling, free landline and apps like JioSaavn and JioCinema.

Plans Upwards of Rs 1,000 Per Month

Moving up the ladder, we have the Airtel Entertainment plan which comes for Rs 1,099 which offers 300GB monthly data and speeds up to 100 Mbps. There is also 500GB additional data valid till 6 months. The extra benefits as part of Airtel Thanks include 3 months of Netflix subscription, one year of free Amazon Prime subscription, ZEE5 subscription, and unlimited calling options.

On the other hand, Reliance JioFiber is offering the Rs 849 plan with 200GB monthly data and additional 200GB of data. The speeds in this plan will also be capped at 100 Mbps. In terms of additional benefits, the subscribers will get the free Jio Set-Top Box, access to JioTV, gaming, landline, Norton Security for five devices and a free subscription to OTT apps.

High-Speed Airtel V-Fiber Plans Outcompeting JioFiber Plans

Beyond this point is where things start to differ a little, as the Airtel V-Fiber plans make more sense. The Airtel Rs 1,599 plan offers 600GB data per month with speeds up to 300 Mbps. There is also additional 1000GB additional data which is valid for 6 months. The additional benefits in this plan again include free Netflix for three months, a year of Amazon Prime subscription, Airtel Xstream subscription, Zee5 among others. The JioFiber Gold plan comes for Rs 1,299 and this one ships 500GB data with additional 250GB data. The additional benefits in this plan remain the same as the previous one.

Lastly, the Airtel Rs 1,999 plan ships unlimited data and with 100 Mbps speed and this one also comes with the benefits of Airtel Thanks including Netflix, Zee5, Amazon Premium and other subscriptions. The Reliance JioFiber plan competing this is the Rs 2,499 plan which offers 1250GB data with 250GB additional data with the additional benefits remaining the same.

Now Bharti Airtel Competes in Gigabit Plans Also

Previously, Bharti Airtel did not have a plan which would provide ultra high speeds such as 1 Gbps. However, to catch up in the market with its rival, the telecom operator has now introduced a special plan called the Xstream Fiber under which it offers 1 Gbps speed. Overall this offering ships more data as compared to the Reliance Jio GigaFiber plan of Rs 3,999 which only provides 2.5TB data. This plan ships 3.3TB data to the users. There was one gap between Reliance JioFiber and Airtel V Fiber, which Airtel has bridged now with the introduction of this new plan. As for the other plans listed above, we know that Airtel has many options for its users which include speeds like 100 Mbps and 300 Mbps and there is even an unlimited data plan as well. The Airtel Thanks benefit is something that the customers will appreciate too and that is also something that Reliance JioFiber does not offer.

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Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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