The broadband and the DTH industry are two sectors in the country which are seeing a lot of competition from the players in the field. While the DTH sector became competitive with the arrival of the new Trai tariff regime, the broadband sector went through a similar phase in the run-up to the launch of the Reliance JioFiber service. However, as a result, now we have a lot of operators which provide high-speed broadband plans to their subscribers with speeds upwards of 100 Mbps and that too not at very exorbitant prices. Tow major broadband players in the field right now are ACT Fibernet and Hathway broadband, and both of these operators offer many plans in that speed range. However, there is one operator which is a little better than the other.
Major Difference Between Hathway and ACT Fibernet Plans
When we look at the broadband portfolios of both Hathway and ACT Fibernet there is one striking difference between both and that is in the number of plans and the speeds up to which both of these operators ship for their subscribers. While ACT Fibernet has a lot of plans which come with speeds beyond 100 Mbps, and which go as high as 1 Gbps, Hathway has not that competitive plans as the highest speed that Hathway Broadband subscribers can get measure up to 150 Mbps only, in the Bangalore region. But, with that being said for most subscribers the 100 Mbps to 150 Mbps speed would be sufficient for streaming content and browsing and as such, these plans come with an affordable price tag.
Hathway and ACT Fibernet Plans Under 100 Mbps
While ACT Fibernet has its broadband portfolio starting with 40 Mbps plan, Hathway Broadband also offers 20 Mbps and 30 Mbps option to its subscribers. The 40 Mbps plan by ACT Fibernet offers 200GB data per month, and it comes with a post-FUP speed of 512 Kbps along with a Rs 685 monthly rental. On the other hand, the 50 Mbps broadband plan from Hathway Broadband offers 500GB data per month with a 4 Mbps after-FUP speed but the rental is slightly higher at Rs 999 per month.
Then we have the 75 Mbps plan from ACT Fibernet which is the ACT Rapid Plus plan, and this one is available for Rs 959 per month, and it offers 350GB data per month with a 512 Kbps after-FUP speed. Whereas, the 80 Mbps by Hathway Broadband actually supersedes the ACT Rapid Plus plan as this one offers 5 Mbps more speed and a whopping unlimited data at Rs 999 per month. So even though the subscribers pay Rs 40 more on this plan, they get to enjoy marginally better speed but also unlimited data.
Hathway and ACT Fibernet Plans With More than 100 Mbps Speed
When it comes to the plans which offer speed of 100 Mbps or more, there are a couple of options for the subscribers. First is the Hathway Broadband plan with 100 Mbps speed for Rs 999 per month which offers 500GB data and 4 Mbps after-FUP speed. In select locations, the subscribers will be able to subscribe to this plan for a three-month period and they would get double data benefits, i.e. 1000GB per month and a 5 Mbps after-FUP speed. Whereas, the ACT Blaze plan with 100 Mbps speed offers 450GB monthly data and 1 Mbps after-FUP speed for Rs 1,059. But also, there is the 1500GB extra data bonus for ACT Fibernet subscribers.
Lastly, from Hathway, we have the 150 Mbps plan which is available for Rs 3,897 for three months with a monthly effective price of Rs 1,299 in which the subscribers will enjoy 1000GB data per month and 5 Mbps after FUP speed. In the 150 Mbps speed bracket, the ACT Storm Plan offers 650GB data per month for Rs 1,159. However, this plan also comes with the 1500GB data benefit.
Which One Should You Choose?
It is worth noting that because ACT Fibernet offers more data to the subscribers with its bonus data offer, therefore in the high-speed bracket of 100 Mbps or 150 Mbps, an ACT Fibernet plans would be a good choice. With the ACT Storm Entertainment plan, the subscribers would also be able to get discount on their Netflix subscription as well. But, when it comes to lower speed plans like in the 80 Mbps range, then the Hathway 80 Mbps plan could be a better option owing to the unlimited data.