The demand for the internet at home has increased dramatically in recent times, whether for streaming and gaming, working from home, online learning, or small businesses. ISPs (Internet Service Providers) offer a wide variety of broadband packages designed to meet the needs of the targeted user base. Since the start of the pandemic, students across the country have become dependent on the Internet for almost all of their learning. The major ISPs in the country offer their respective low cost broadband plans that suit students in terms of affordability and performance. Below are mentioned the plans that students looking for inexpensive broadband plans can opt for.
Airtel “basic plan”
Airtel using its Fibernet technology provides high speed internet up to 1 Gbps. With Airtel Xstream Fiber, users get better, improved, faster and seamless internet experience across multiple devices as it provides fiber optic internet connection. Airtel offers many options when choosing a broadband package, however, students can have access to the “Basic” package which offers 40 Mbps internet speed at a monthly cost of Rs 499 excluding tax.
Users get 3.3TB or 3,300GB of monthly Fair Use Policy (FUP) data with this plan. Airtel also provides “Airtel Thanks Benefits” with its broadband packages which in this case include a subscription to Wynk Music and Shaw Academy.
Excitel 100 Mbps plan
Excitel provides high speed connectivity only with internet speed of 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps or 300 Mbps. So, the 100 Mbps plan is the cheapest plan that students can choose and the monthly cost becomes much lower if users go for the annual plan. Excitel’s 100 Mbps plan is offered at different prices and durations to suit user convenience.
The Excitel Fiber First offers users a 100 Mbps plan for one month at Rs 699. Users can also enjoy the plan for 3 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months for Rs 565, Rs 508, Rs 490, Rs 424 and Rs 399 respectively. However, the 9 month plan is only available to new subscribers to the service. Additionally, Excitel’s plans are truly unlimited and there is no FUP data limit imposed.
JioFiber 30 Mbps plan
JioFiber provides a 30 Mbps internet speed data plan at the price of Rs 399 per month. The FUP limit set on this plan is 3300 GB or 3.3 TB. By using JioFiber’s 30 Mbps plan, students can access a smooth and transparent Internet connection on multiple devices. In addition to high speed internet, users also benefit from symmetrical upload and download speed from the provider. Rather, it is one of the cheapest packages from ISP and therefore it does not include OTT platform subscriptions like JioFiber’s more expensive packages, however, it is one of the better ones. options when users are looking for cost-effective plans. .
Two profitable plans from BSNL
Government-owned telecommunications company BSNL under Bharat Fiber Broadband offers exciting plans for students who want user-friendly options with adequate internet speed. BSNL’s ‘Fiber Basic’ and ‘Fiber Basic Plus’ plans provide 30 Mbps and 60 Mbps of internet speed respectively. The Fiber Basic plan is priced at Rs 449 per month, while the Fiber Basic Plus plan costs users Rs 599 per month.
These two prices are exclusive of GST and these two packages come with an FUP limit of 3300 GB or 3.3 TB. Above the data limit, users can enjoy an Internet speed of 2 Mbps and these two plans also offer a 90% discount of up to Rs 500 on the rent on the first bill.