wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Airtel launches fiber Internet services, will offer unlimited free calls & more

Airtel 4G

Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of its fiber Internet services which claims to offer speeds up to 100 mbps starting with Chennai city today. The service is scheduled to be launched in 87 more cities in the coming weeks. The company is yet to reveal tariff plans; we will update the story once more details are out.

Existing Airtel broadband customers can upgrade to the new fiber-based Internet under their current plan at no extra costs. “If they are not happy with the service within one month, Airtel will refund the modem charges and the amount will be adjusted in the next bill cycle,” the company said in a statement. New customers can avail the service along with unlimited usage for the first three months as promotional offer. Both existing and new customers can book their connections here.

Unlimited calling and rewards program

Airtel will also offer unlimited free voice calling for all broadband customers via landline across all broadband plans. Subscribers will also get free additional data of 5 GB per month for every existing Airtel service that the subscriber holds within the home/family. For e.g. if an Airtel broadband subscriber has two Airtel postpaid connections and one Airtel digital TV connection, the company claims to offer 15 GB of free data added to the broadband account every month.

Project Leap and broadband expansion

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Airtel claims that its fiber Internet service will be aided by Project Leap—its Rs 60,000 crore investment project aimed at network up gradation and modernization for installing submarine and national/international fiber lines, deploying base stations, expanding mobile broadband networks and reducing its carbon footprint. More here.  The company also claims to perform caching of content at its data centres to improve data download experience for customers.


Some notable fiber Internet service providers in the county include ACT Fibernet, which is live across 11 cities; Spectranet which offers unlimited Internet without FUP at 8 cities; and Vodafone-owned YOU broadband, which is live in 15 cities. Apart from this media reports have suggested that the Mukesh Ambani owned telco Reliance Jio is also planning to roll out fiber Internet services across the country, although the company has not made any official announcement yet.

TRAI’s recent telecom subscription numbers shows that number of wired broadband subscribers stood at 17.49 million connections. The data also shows that BSNL has a majority (57%) of the 17.49 million wired broadband connections, closely followed by Airtel (15.26%) and MTNL (14.12%). Interestingly, state run entities including BSNL and MTNL combined owns 71.18% of the wired broadband connection in India.

However, data also shows that government owned broadband services were adding fewer customers when compared to private players: BSNL and MTNL lost 160,794 wired connections between May to July 2016. On the other had Airtel added 24,874 connections, and Tata added 3468 connections wired connection between the same time frame.


Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



Releasing the policy is akin to putting the proverbial 'cart before the horse'.


The industry's growth is being weighed down by taxation and legal uncertainty.


Due to the scale of regulatory and technical challenges, transparency reporting under the IT Rules has gotten off to a rocky start.


Here are possible reasons why Indians are not generating significant IAP revenues despite our download share crossing 30%.


This article addresses the legal and practical ambiguities in understanding the complex crypto ecosystem in India.

You May Also Like


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ