Top 10 Internet Service Providers in India

Modified: 2 February, 2017

Introduction

The world is now completely dependent on the Internet. People think that existence of their life is difficult without the internet. From the minute they wake up internet plays a vital role in their day to day routine. And the usage has become very wide and then people started using Internet service providers for unlimited usage and for fast access. There are many organizations providing services for using the internet for commercial, community-owned, non-profit or privately owned.

Pros and cons of using ISP for hosting

The Connection is provided using an ISP and the web hosting is an external hosting solution which provides different types of hosting services as given below:

Shared server

A ton of servers will be accessible in their workplaces which can have your website and in addition different sites. Subsequently being a financially savvy approach. The server is possessed by the ISP and is situated in its workplaces. The server is utilized to have a few different websites and also yours. This speaks to a financially savvy approach, however it may not be an alternative on the off chance that you need to utilize complex advancements, for example, databases, secure certificates and tools that empower you to customize the web pages for various clients.

Dedicated hosting

Your website is the only one that is hosted on a dedicated server. This option is better suited to large websites with high user traffic, or those requiring special software or particularly high levels of security. This approach offers the most powerful and secure solution is expensive.

Co-location

You place your own server, that you own or rent, at the premises of the ISP to take advantage of their better technical infrastructure. However, you are generally responsible for maintaining the actual data and the website components.

Advantages of using an ISP

  • There is no need of investing a huge amount in buying a web server
  •  ISPs provide very fast connections to the internet.
  • The server offers a very high degree of availability (up-time) and reliability.
  • The ISP should have a secure operating environment, high-quality virus, protection and the latest software patches to ensure the security of your site.

Disadvantages of using an ISP

  • You need to trust your ISP to maintain the availability and security of your website.
  • Your website's performance may be compromised if the ISP is hosting too many other sites on a shared server basis.
  • You could be affected if your ISP becomes blacklisted as a result of the actions of other sites they host, or the content of those sites. For example, if they host sites containing adult material or sites for companies that send out spam emails.

Here are the top 10 Internet service providers that you can choose without any hesitations. 

 

01. BSNL Broadband

Overview

BSNL, the biggest service providers in India was established on 15th September 2000. It has launched several products like landline broadband, fiber broadband, Dial up internet, Wi-Max broadband and mobile broadband 3g. It has over 8.09 million broadband customer strength and has got a turnover of around 29,700 Crores. It is located in Janpath, New Delhi, India.

Plans

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 expensive price of 16,999 Rupees/month for 100 Mbps speed with an FUP of 600GB. For less pricey 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.

BSNL FiBro ULD: BSNL is also offering a 100 Mbps plans. The network is perhaps the widest ranging, with 97 cities covered across India. There have been no changes in the broadband offerings by BSNL.

 

BSNL Broadband Plans (up to 100 Mbps at 16,999 Rupees/month & 24 Mbps at 3445 Rupees/month)

                     

 

02. MTNL Broadband

Overview

MTNL is also the one of the top service provider established on 1st April 1986 by the government of India to expand the telecom network and raise the revenue for the need of the telecom development needs of India’s key metro cities of Delhi & Mumbai. It has 0.59 million customers. The authorized capital of the Company is Rs. 800 crores.  MTNL products besides from having broadband includes GSM and CDMA based mobile service, Leased line services, fixed telephone services. 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 expensive price of 6999 Rupees/month.

Plans

MTNL Fibre Thrill: MTNL is apparently offering a 10 Gbps plan for Mumbai, but it is not a publicly listed plan. According to a reader who queried about the plans, the service is available only to “good” customers and costs lakhs. The Fibre Thrill plan offers a 100 Mbps line with an FUP of 500GB for a monthly tariff of Rs 6,999. These plans have been updated for a promotional period that is to last till the end of December. The FUP quota has been increased, and will be reverted at the start of the next year.

 

MTNL Broadband (100 Mbps at 6999 Rupees/month)

 

 

03. Airtel Broadband

Overview

Airtel is one of the leading internet service providers in India which provides high-speed internet service with consistent speed. This broadband has approximately 269 million customers in all over India established on July 7, 1995. Telecom operator Airtel has offered FTTH plans in select buildings in Delhi NCR region, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. You can contact your local Airtel agent to find out if FTTH services are available in your area and know the availability of Airtel's Bolt plans, which offer 100mbps with a monthly data cap of 100 GB starting Rs. 2,399.

Plans

At times, the plans are not displayed, and a form for requesting a call back appears. Airtel has slashed prices by Rs 1000 for its plans. In Gurgaon, a speed of 100 Mbps is offered with an FUP of 80 GB for Rs 2,499 every month. Airtel Broadband users can upgrade to the V-Fiber, the first time vectorisation has been introduced in India. Vectorisation is Europe’s most used broadband technology, and delivers higher bandwidth by reducing the interference in the connection. The offer is available for users in Chennai as of now, and Airtel V-Fiber is rolling out in 87 cities across the country. Airtel V-Fiber is now available in Mumbai. 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. There are many prepaid plans, postpaid plans, mobile internet service, digital TV, wireless internet that include 2G, 3G and 4G lite, airtel money etc.,

 

Bharti Airtel High Speed Internet for home users (up to 40 Mbps at 2999 Rupees/month)

 

 

04. Hathway Cable Broadband

Overview

Hathway has a network of 140 cities and towns and high-speed cable broadband services across 21 cities and provides broadband services in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Surat, Pune, Goa, Vishakapatnam, Navi etc, but not all of them support 50mbps speeds. It’s headquarter is located in Providence, Rhode Island (USA) and has offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and New Delhi. It has two main products namely home broadband and business broadband. Plans range from Rs. 2,099 for a three month plan at speeds of 50mbps with a 20GB monthly FUP data cap. Hathway's 'Adv Fiber HD 125 plan' offers 5mbps speeds with a 125GB data limit at a competitive three month subscription price of Rs. 3,749. Hathway cable broadband offers prompt network, no disconnections, fixed monthly charges, instant access, and enhances routers and servers.  This broadband has more than 204,000 subscribers and its service dependent on DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Services Interface Specifications) set of rules.

Plans

Home Broadband

This type of plan is availble for all the cities with different set of plan names. Eg: For Mumbai, it has HD ELITE, HD3 STREAM, HD BLISS, HD4 STREAM, INFINITE 2MBPS UNLIMITED with different speeds and FUP’s with different subscription charges. And For chennai users the following plans are applicable for home broadband plans.

Business Broadband

Business Broadband is available in only Delhi and Bangalore.Documents to be submitted along with CRF are Photo ID Proof, Address Proof and Passport size photo. The CPE(Modem Rental) charges applicable on select plans. Download speed indicated is only up to our ISP node. Speed and Data usage limit subject to Hathway's Fair Usage Policy. Installation charges and taxes extra are as applicable according to the cities.

 

 

 05. Tata Broadband

Overview

TATA broadband founded by Ratan Tata in July 2013, started in Bengalru and it has a huge customer base around 1,93,000 with very high performance. It has dedicated broadband services. This Broadband is mostly located in cities like Jharkhand, Bihar, Punjab and West Bengal. It provides several services like broadband services, managed hosting, online backup, wired internet, dial-up, wi-fi, secure connect, CDN, Internet lessed line etc., Tata Docomo offers a 50mbps plan starting at Rs. 1,999, which comes with a 20GB data cap.

Plans

Tata DoCoMo: Tata DoCoMo offers 100 Mbps plans in all the areas it operates in now, previously only available in Mumbai. 100 mpbs connections are available in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkand, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Goa, Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. The lower cost 100 Mbps connection for Rs 3499 with an FUP of 100 GB has been axed from most locations. There is now only one 100 Mbps plan available, with an FUP of 200 GB for Rs 3,999, except in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu is the only region with multiple plans for 100 Mbps connections.

 

 

06. Reliance

Overview

Reliance, an offshoot of the group was founded by Dhirbhai H Ambani in the year 1932 and has over 150 million subscribers in all over India. It provides high speed internet with excellent service and that’s the reason why the reliance makes large customers in all over the country. It has several products like reliance communication, 3G services, reliance entertainment, wireless internet, dial up, business broadband internet connection, Ethernet lease lines, work from home VPN. 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.

Plans

Postpaid plans

Reliance Broadband ThunderPlan

Thunder and Freedom plans are a bunch of new choice which provides internet up to 12 Mbps with installation charge of Rs.599 extra.  And Freedom 999 plan is available only in areas where Electronic Distribution Panel (EDP) is installed.

 

 

Reliance Broadband FreedomPlan

 

 

Postpaid Combo Tariff:

You can now connect , explore and communicate with new Combo Plans from Reliance. Combo plans couple the services of Broadband and Landline at unbeatable prices . The customers can enjoy broadband speed of upto 4Mbps.

 

 

07. YOU Broadband

Overview

You broadband is established in 2001 and located in Mumbai. You broadband also includes different product such as wireless wifi, VOIP, website hosting, Email hosting, internet telephony, Domain Name Registration, Website design & Builder tools etc. This is probably the cheaper one compared to AirTel and ACT. And they are available in more cities in India. YOU Broadband offers cable modem broadband services to residential, SME and corporate customers in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Telengana, and Andhra Pradesh.

Plans

The 'YOU WTF 100' plan offers a 100mbps plan for 200GB per month at Rs. 1,732 in Bengaluru. However, while personal user accounts may vary, Reddit users seem to prefer Act Fibernet over YOU Broadband in terms of consistency of speed, up time, and user support. You Broadband offers 100 Mbps with an FUP of 250 GB for Rs 1,572 per month. The service is available in some places in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kakinada, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Navsari, Pune, Surat, Vadodara, Vijaywada and Vishakapatnam. There are special plans for the Powai area in Mumbai. The plans have been updated with more options, with an increase in FUP limits, and a slight reduction in prices as well.

 

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.

 

08. ACT Fibernet

Overview

Act stands for (Atria Convergence Technologies Pvt Ltd.) which was born back in the year 2000, focused primarily in South India. They’re currently the 3rd largest ISP In the wired broadband category, and the largest non-telco ISP in the India. The company provides fibernet, digital TV and HD TV services, with affordable monthly tariffs under Rs. 2,000 for 50-100mbps speeds in Bengaluru. Its Fair Usage Policy (FUP) applies only on downloads, while uploads are not counted in FUP, according to the FAQs. Since ACT Fibernet uses fiber-to-the-home technology, it doesn't need any modem or a land-line phone, and thus it can be plugged straight into a PC with an Ethernet port, but one condition is that it needs to log into their Web portal with their account ID and password. This can be a bit of a pain point, but ACT Fibernet lists five reasons why it has decided to go with such a configuration. Act also provides an app for android users.

Plans

Act offers 100 Mbps with 150 GB FUP for a monthly rental of Rs 1,999. Act is primarily active in south India. The service has got a bump in FUP limits, with 125 GB FUP initially being offered for the same price. The service is available in only some areas of Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Eluru, Guntur, Hyderabad, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijaywada and Vishakapatnam. Act is active in one North Indian city, Delhi. The 100 Mbps plan has been renamed to Act Incredible from Act Cyclone.

      

 ACT Extravagant (up to 100 Mbps at 1999 Rupees/month)

Online booking option

The plans with usage type home, business and office can be bought through online in Bangalore city only.

Home:

 

 

Business:

 

Office:

 

 

 

09.  Asianet

Overview

Asianet Dataline broadband is one the biggest broadband services in kerala and  has customer around 115,000 in the southern state. It was established in 1993 and provides the most fastest and reliable internet connection in the southern region. It has several products such as VPN, VoIP, Dialup Internet, Web Hosting, speed cable broadband & Website Development. It is operational in more than a total of 14 districts like Trivandrum, Salem, Coimbatore, Kottayam, Palakkad, Cochin, Calicut, Thrissur, Alleppey, and more. It has offers in FTTH/DOCSIS 3 connections with plans for 50mbps speeds starting at an affordable price of Rs. 549, but with a 7GB usage limit.

Plans

It has over five other plans at 50mbps, with the 'Xtream 2499', offering a 160GB usage limit at a monthly subscription price of Rs. 2,499. The ISP is notable for providing a FUP breaker and it is higher than the monthly usage limit, following which it charges users 20 paise per MB. Asianet Xtreme: Asianet Broadband is available in some South Indian cities and is offering 100 Mbps plans with an FUP of 350GB for Rs 4,999 per month. There has been no change in pricing or data limit of the 100 Mbps connection.

 

Prepaid Plans

 

10. Spectranet

Overview

Headquartered in New Delhi, Spectranet has been India’s leading internet service provider since 2000 offering world class internet & connectivity solutions on Fiber Optics for home & business and it says it provides truly unlimited broadband, with no caps on data consumed. It’s network presence is widely spread in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Noida, Pune.  Its 'Success Unlimited' plan provides 50mbps speeds at Rs. 5,547. Spectranet is currently running a three-month trial offer with 100mbps broadband speed in Gurgaon at Rs 1,199 per month with no download limit, and said that it will be rolling out this offer in other cities this year.

Plans

Spectranet Joy Unlimited: Spectranet offers 100 Mbps broadband in some neighborhoods in Gurgaon under its Joy Unlimited plan. The plan is available for only 1,799 per month, which is the cheapest 100 Mbps fibre broadband plan available in the country as of now. Commit to the service for a year, and you can get a further discount with a price of Rs 1,199 per month. There have been no changes in pricing or data limits for the 100 Mbps connection provided by Spectranet.

Plan1:

Advantage: Speed: 20 Mbps | Data Volume: 32 GB, post 32 GB Speed 2 Mbps, Price: INR 799

Advantage 10: Speed: 10 Mbps | Data Volume: Unlimited, Price: INR 999

Advantage Unlimted: Speed: 20 Mbps | Data Volume: Unlimited, Price: INR 1249

Success Unlimited: Speed: 50 Mbps | Data Volume: Unlimited, Price: INR 1849

 



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