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Bharti Airtel Comes up with New Tariff Plans for its Mobile Customers

The current yearly plan worth Rs 1,699 would be charged Rs 2,398, among other rate hikes

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Bharti Airtel's office. Wikimedia Commons

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Sunday came out with revised tariff plans for its mobile customers, which would come into effect from December 3.

The announcement has come amid an adverse Supreme Court ruling on adjusted gross revenue (AGR). In November, both Airtel and Vodafone Idea had announced to raise tariffs in December.

Post the revisions, the current Rs 129 pack for 28 days with unlimited calling, 300 SMS, and 2GB data will cost Rs 148, an Airtel statement said.

Similarly, the plans worth Rs 169 and Rs 199 for 28 days have been merged and a new pack of Rs 248 has been created which would offer the same benefits as the former two, with unlimited calling, 100 SMS per day and 1.5GB data per day.

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There will be zero subscription charge for Airtel users with unlimited streaming and downloads, the company said. Wikimedia Commons

The Rs 249 worth pack which offered unlimited calls, 100 SMS and 2GB data per day would cost Rs 298, said the statement. Packs which currently cost Rs 448 and 499 for 82 days would now cost Rs 598 and Rs 698 for 84 days.

The current yearly plan worth Rs 1,699 would be charged Rs 2,398, among other rate hikes.

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“Airtel’s new plans, represent tariff increases in the range of a mere 50 paise/day to Rs 2.85/day and offer generous data and calling benefits. In addition, Airtel provides exclusive benefits as part of the Airtel Thanks platform, which enables access to premium content from Airtel Xstream (10,000 movies, exclusive shows, and 400 TV channels), Wynk Music, device protection, anti-virus protection and much more,” it said. (IANS)

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Airtel Displays Fastest Download Speed, Jio tops 4G Availability

Vodafone scored 72.6 that was marginally better than Airtel's 72. Though this parameter is important from the users' point of view, for operators, voice calls made through OTT (over-the-top) apps directly compete with their own voice call services

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Bharti Airtel's office. Wikimedia Commons

Bharti Airtel has displayed fastest download speeds of 9.6 mbps and best video experience across all telecom circles in India, while Reliance Jio has extended its 4G availability to 97 per cent, according to OpenSignal’s latest mobile network experience report.

Airtel has excelled in the download speed experience category by scoring 9.6 mbps, followed by Vodafone (7.9 mbps), Idea (7.6 mbps), Jio (6.7 mbps) and 3G-only BSNL (3.1 mbps).

The download speeds are key for streaming of online content, especially videos and games, said mobile analytics company Opensignal.

Latency is crucial for response time. Jio has won the battle on latency with users on its network experiencing response time of 54.2 milliseconds, followed by Airtel at 57.1 milliseconds.

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Jio added 85.39 lakh customers in July to take its total subscriber base to 33.97 crore. Wikimedia Commons

The latencies have improved over the past six months across all operators. As per April 2019 data, Jio’s latency was 62.5 milliseconds.

“The lower latency is on a network, the better experience you’ll receive on a host of mobile applications and services, from web browsing to voice over IP to real-time multi-player gaming,” the report says.

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Vodafone topped in voice app experience — a new metric introduced by Opensignal in the latest survey. This captures the quality perceived by users of voice communication mobile apps — WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype.

Vodafone scored 72.6 that was marginally better than Airtel’s 72. Though this parameter is important from the users’ point of view, for operators, voice calls made through OTT (over-the-top) apps directly compete with their own voice call services. (IANS)