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Airtel ups the ante by launching V-Fiber broadband with speeds up to 100 Mbps

Our Bureaus Chennai/New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on October 13, 2016

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Will provide broadband speed up to 100 Mbps

Bharti Airtel on Thursday launched its V-Fiber technology, offering super fast internet services.

V-Fiber is based on vectorisation and will deliver speeds up to 100 Mbps, from the current 4Mbps to 16Mbps, according to Ajai Puri, Director, Operations, Bharti Airtel.

Chennai first

V-Fiber will first be available in Chennai and will be rolled out across Airtel’s national broadband network, covering 90 cities in the coming weeks, he said.

“As part of this initiative, we are upgrading the plans free of cost. Customers just have to pay ₹1,000 as a one-time fee on the equipment (router), which is vector-enabled now, and the current plans will upgrade to the new one. For the first three months, there will be unlimited data download,” Puri told BusinessLine.

With ‘V-Fiber’ and its national optical fibre backbone, Airtel is all set to offer a future-ready network for tomorrow’s digitally connected homes, he said.

“This solution, besides reducing our carbon footprint, offers a very quick and convenient upgrade to the customer. We are also delighted to launch our innovative myHome Rewards and unlimited free voice calling facility for our customers,” Puri said. With ‘V-Fiber’, Airtel has brought fibre closer to homes by deploying additional capacity up to colonies and neighbourhoods and has also upgraded its local exchanges with equipment to handle fibre speeds, the company said.

High-speed tech

‘V-Fiber’ will transform the home broadband for Airtel customers with consistently superfast data speeds and enable HD video streaming, heavy file downloads and uploads in a multi-device environment (over Wi-Fi), it said.

More importantly, there is no new wiring or drilling required at an existing customer’s premises.

One simply needs to upgrade to a new modem to experience ‘V-Fiber’ speeds, Airtel said.

3-month trial

Existing Airtel broadband customers can upgrade to ‘V-Fiber’ speeds with their current plan and enjoy faster data speeds at no extra monthly cost.

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. New customers will get an ‘Unlimited’ three-month trial offer, the company added.

Shares of Airtel closed at ₹306.55 on the BSE on Thursday, down 3.02 per cent from the previous close.

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Published on October 13, 2016
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