- Airtel Xstream Fibre broadband plans start at Rs 799 only
- Reliance JioFiber broadband plans also has a base plan of Rs 699
- Both the operators have FUP limit on almost every broadband plan
Reliance JioFiber may not have competitive broadband plans in the industry, but it surely made other operators offer better speeds at affordable prices. Starting at Rs 699, JioFiber broadband plans come with a minimum of 100 Mbps speeds which forced Airtel to revamp its broadband identity and come up with new plans. As part of its recent revision, Bharti Airtel now has a 100 Mbps broadband plan with 150GB FUP limit at Rs 799 per month. In addition, the Internet Service Provider (ISP) also has an unlimited data add-on of Rs 299, which offers unlimited data to every user on top of the existing plan benefit. This data add-on separates both the offerings from the broadband operators and Airtel Xstream Fibre broadband plans over Rs 1,000 also come with Airtel Thanks benefits.
Comparison Under Rs 1,000 Monthly Rental
Airtel Xstream Fibre currently has the Rs 799 broadband plan for its subscribers which offers 150GB data with 100 Mbps speeds. 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 999 which offers 300GB monthly data and speeds up to 200 Mbps. The extra benefits as part of Airtel Thanks include three 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 Xstream Fibre Plans Outcompeting JioFiber Plans
Beyond this point is where things start to differ a little, as the Airtel Xstream Fibre plans make more sense. The Airtel Rs 1,499 plan offers 500GB data per month with speeds up to 300 Mbps. 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.
Airtel removed the Rs 1,999 broadband plan, so there’s no broadband plan from Airtel Xstream Fibre to compete with JioFiber broadband plan of Rs 2,499.
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 Fibre under which it offers 1 Gbps speeds. 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.
Airtel Xstream Fibre Unlimited Data Add-On is an Icing on the Cake
In addition to the broadband plans, Airtel also introduced a Rs 299 unlimited data add-on which allows users to get unlimited data (capped at 3.3TB) every month on top of the existing plan’s data benefit. So if you’re on the Airtel Basic plan of Rs 799 which ships with 100 Mbps speeds, the data add-on extends the data to unlimited at Rs 299 more.
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