Airtel offers 1,000 GB extra data to broadband customers

Indian telecom market leader Bharti Airtel is offering 1,000 GB extra broadband data to customers on select broadband plans. The 'Bonus' offer is currently active on Airtel web portal and can be availed of by customers who enrolled for Airtel broadband services on or after 16 May.

Last week, the company refreshed its broadband plans and offered 100 per cent more data to Airtel home broadband users under the new plans. In the new plans, the company offers 60 GB of high speed broadband data at Rs899, up from 30 GB that was offered earlier. Similarly, the updated Rs1,099 plan yields 90 GB compared to 50 GB earlier. The higher Rs1,299 plan offers 125 GB compared to 75 GB while the premium Rs1,499 plan offers 160 GB compared to 100 GB earlier.

The latest Airtel broadband offer comes in light of rival Reliance Jio saying that it is testing its Fibrenet broadband service, JioFibre, in 5 major cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Jamnagar, Pune and Chennai. Though there is no defined timeline yet for the official launch of the JioFibre broadband service, it can be expected to offer incentives like free trials, as it did when launching its mobile services in September last year.

Earlier reports had pointed out that Reliance Jio was working on building its Fiber-To-The Home (FTTH) service with a planned roll-out in June, possibly disrupting the broadband market.

Earlier, India Today Tech had reported that Jio was testing Fiber service in part of Mumbai.

Recently, in its quarterly report on Reliance Industries, which is the parent company of Jio, noted that the company was preparing plans to launch Jio Fiber in India. The Jio Fiber will possibly have a speed of up to 100mbps, although there could be plans that may offer even higher speed.