High speed broadband internet in India is only catching up with the rest of world. The speediest internet is in South Korea with up to 25.3 Mbps. It is only one tenth of that so far in India with just 2Mbps at the moment (2015). USA has about 11.5 Mbps internet speeds as of now. In this article, we’ll check all the companies offering high speed internet plans in India : ACT | AirTel | Airlink | You Broadband | Tikona | BSNL | Rcom |MTNL
Top High Speed Internet Broadband Plans in India
In India, home users don’t have much options when it comes to high speed internet as the speed promised and actual speed delivered are mostly different. However, companies have more options even though pricey to get high speed broadband internet. For example, the fastest internet speed in India is offered by Startup Village in Cochin, Kerala with about 1Gbps download speeds and 500 Mb upload speeds. In this article, we’ll look at the top high speed internet broadband plans available in India, today.
(Related – 4G Internet Data plans in India.)
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1. ACT Extravagant (up to 100 Mbps at 1999 Rupees/month)
Update 1: ACT launched a new plan in Delhi called ACT Fibernet which offer 100Mbps at Rs. 1999/month.
Update 2: ACT is offering a free upgrade from its 40 Mbps (A-Max 1050) plan to 50 Mbps at the same cost.
ACT has even speedier plans than Airtel for home users in India. Their fastest offering is 100 Mbps and costs Rs. 1999 per month. The FUP limit is 200GB and the speed after FUP is 4 Mbps. ACT Broadband is only available in Bangalore, Nellore and Vijayawada at the moment. (as of 2015) Bummer!
2. Bharti Airtel High Speed Internet for home users (up to 40 Mbps at 2999 Rupees/month)
Airtel broadband plans start at 2399 Rupees/month and offer speeds starting from 40Mbps. The fastest plan is the 2699 Rupees per month plan that offers the same speed (40 Mbps) but the limit is 160 GB and then it switches automatically to a slower plan of 1 Mbps.
This is one of the best plans in India. With this plan, you get speeds up to 200 Kbps and the validity and package cost is 12 months at Rs. 2400. The installation charge is Rs. 250. You can get higher speeds with other plans but this one is economical and the speed is sufficient to make browsing and downloading fast.
4. YOU Broadband Unlimited Plan (up to 100 Mbps at 1724 Rupees/month)
You broadband has more options for home users to choose from starting from a slow 1 Mbps line to a fast 100 Mbps (matching Airtel and ACT) at about 1724 Rupees/month.
This is probably the cheaper one compared to AirTel and ACT. And they are available in more cities in India.
5. Tikona Broadband Plans (up to 4 Mbps at 950 Rupees/month)
Tikona has more cheaper plans but at far lesser speeds than Airtel or ACT. Starting from a simple 1 Mbps line their speediest broadband plan is 4 Mbps for about 950 Rupees per month. The FUP limit is 50 GB and beyond that the speed is 512 Kbps.
6. BSNL Broadband Plans (up to 100 Mbps at 16,999 Rupees/month & 24 Mbps at 3445 Rupees/month)
BSNL has several options when it comes to choosing the right broadband plan for home users. Starting from 10 Mbps at 3999 Rupees/month the fastest broadband plan comes at a pricey 16,999 Rupees/month for 100 Mbps speeds. (Ouch!)
For less pricier broadband internet plans from BSNL, check out the following price table. BSNL offers internet speeds from 4 Mbps to 24 Mbps for home users from a price point of 999 Rupees to 3444 Rupees/month.
7. Reliance Broadband (up to 12 Mbps at 999 Rupees/month)
Reliance is again focused more on smaller options and their fastest internet speed is about 12 Mbps at 999 Rupees per month. The broadband usage with this plan is unlimited and obviously, there are no charges for extra usage.
8. MTNL Broadband (100 Mbps at 6999 Rupees/month)
MTNL has several options of high speed internet to choose from, starting from 2 Mbps to 100 Mbps. 100 Mbps apparently is their fastest offering and comes at a pricey 6999 Rupees/ month.
Update: Andhra Pradesh Fiber Net Internet Plans
AP Fibernet is out recently but only limited to Andhra Pradesh. Here are the tariff rates.
As you can see, there are a wide range of broadband Internet plans in India. It is up to you to choose the one that is best based on your needs and budget.
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Best internet services in India from my personal experience
Reliance – Poor Service, Decent Speed, Frequent Interruptions
Easy to get connection. Ask for waiver on installation charges. Speed is decent and customer service is poor. I got a new connection in 3 days. Their modem is not WiFi enabled so I had to get a brand new one. Even then, every ten minutes connection would be disrupted. You have to login to their portal to get internet. Executive who got me the connection worked from an agency and is not responsible for anything other than getting you the connection.
AirTel – OK Service, Good Speed, Connectivity not available everywhere
AirTel has a decent customer service, reliable speeds but connectivity is not available everywhere especially if you are in rural areas. Their mobile internet service is very good as well.
BSNL – Customer service sucks, Good speeds, Good connectivity but less knowledgeable staff.
BSNL is your last resort if everything else sucks and you are in a region where connectivity is a problem (rural areas). They have lot of packages to choose from but the high speed ones are subject to availability and connectivity. When I approached them for their highest speed plans, they said that it’s only available in areas very close to their offices/telephone exchange.