The big broadband battles are finally upon us. Reliance Jio has officially unveiled all the tariff plans for the JioFiber broadband and bundle services. The prices start at Rs 699 per month and go all the way up to Rs 8,499 per month. Jio says that the JioFiber broadband services are now available in as many as 1,600 cities across India.
The speed, depending on which plan you select, will range between 100Mbps and 1Gbps along with value adds such as subscriptions to OTT streaming services and more. This puts JioFiber in direct competition with Airtel’s broadband V-Fiber services. Over the past few months, Airtel made multiple tweaks to its broadband offerings to offer more data, faster speeds and a better bundle of value-added services. It is inevitable then, that there would be comparisons between Reliance JioFiber and Airtel V-Fiber, as existing as well as potential new customers take stock of the situation and decide on which service offers better value to them. At present, Reliance JioFiber broadband plans start at Rs 699 per month, while Airtel V-Fiber plans presently start at Rs 799 per month. But that does not tell the whole story, as it is finer details galore across the tariff sheets.
The JioFiber entry price point is Rs 699 with the Bronze plan. This is limited up to 100Mbps speed and bundles 150GB of data. This includes 100GB base data limit and 50GB extra data, which will be available for 6 months. Once this Fair Usage Policy (FUP) is exhausted, there will be no extra charges for any additional data usage, though the speed will reduce to 1Mbps for the rest of the billing cycle. This also bundles three-month subscriptions to JioCinema and JioSaavn. In comparison, Airtel offers the Basic broadband plan priced at Rs 799 per month. This includes 100GB internet data per month with speeds up to 40Mbps as well as a bundled landline telephone with unlimited local and STD calls.
At the moment, Airtel is 200GB bonus data for a period of 6 months—this will be in addition to the 100GB data that is bundled with the plan as standard. The Airtel Thanks benefit that is bundled with this broadband plan includes the subscription to Airtel Xstream video streaming service.