- Both the broadband portfolios start with 100 Mbps speed
- Airtel is offering Amazon Prime subscription with its broadband plans
- The JioFiber subscribers get Hotstar, SonyLIV and more apps
When we look at the JioFiber and the Airtel Broadband portfolio, one thing becomes clear to us – both of these operators are not fighting for the same customers. While Bharti Airtel’s broadband plans start at Rs 799, JioFiber’s plans begin at the monthly rental of Rs 699. The offerings which these operators provide at these price points also differs. Not only this, but the additional offerings which these telcos throw in the plans also are different. So, is there any price point where both Bharti Airtel and JioFiber hit the same spot? Yes, there is, and it is the only one. While JioFiber has a higher plan which goes beyond the Rs 3,999 price point. This plan is the one which ends the Bharti Airtel portfolio. So, this begs the question, how do the various plans in the different price ranges compare for JioFiber and Airtel Broadband, and if it is even worth comparing them at all.
Broadband Plans Below Rs 1,000
First, let’s look at the price range of Rs 1,000 or lower. In this price bracket, Bharti Airtel has two broadband plans which include the Rs 799 broadband plan and the Rs 999 broadband plan. Even Reliance Jio has two broadband plans in this price bracket, but they differ in pricing. The first plan is the Rs 699 broadband plan, and the next is the Rs 849 broadband plan.
The Bharti Airtel Rs 799 broadband plan actually ships what the JioFiber Bronze plan ships for Rs 699. The subscribers of these plans get 150GB data in total with up to 100 Mbps of speed. While in the case of Airtel Xstream Fibre, you get access to Airtel Xstream app, in case of Reliance Jio, you get access to JioCinema and JioSaavn application. The Rs 849 broadband plan, simply ships more data with the same 100 Mbps speed.
Broadband Plans Below Rs 3,999
Under this price tag, JioFiber has two broadband plans which include Rs 1,299 and Rs 2,499 plans. These two JioFiber plans offer 250 Mbps and 500 Mbps speeds respectively. It is worth noting that these speed options are not even available in the Airtel Broadband portfolio. In the case of Airtel, the subscribers just have the Rs 999 broadband plan offering up to 200 Mbps speed and 300GB data and a Rs 1,499 plan with up to 300 Mbps speed and 500GB data. There is no option of 500 Mbps speed for Airtel Broadband customers.
However, there is one unique thing which the Airtel subscribers enjoy, and that is the unlimited data option. For Rs 299 per month, the Airtel broadband subscribers can extend their data limit to get unlimited data on their plan. For example, combined with the Rs 799 broadband plan, the subscribers can get unlimited data with 100 Mbps speed.
Rs 3,999 Broadband Plan
The difference between the plans fades away with the Rs 3,999 broadband plan, wherein both operators offer the 1 Gbps speed. While the JioFiber connection offers 2,500GB of data to the customers, the Bharti Airtel broadband customers get 3,300GB of data per month. While Airtel Broadband customers get access to applications like Amazon Prime Video and Airtel Xstream, JioFiber customers get SonyLIV, Hotstar, ZEE5, SunNXT and more. JioFiber also offers a Rs 8,499 broadband plans to the subscribers in which it ships 5,000GB data for the same 1 Gbps speed.
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.