Bharat Air fibre is a wireless internet connection which must sound similar to BSNL’s FTTH service BharatFibre. But no, both are very different. The FTTH service uses wired technology to provide broadband services, whereas Bharat AirFibre is totally wireless. Bharat Air Fibre offers broadband up to 100Mbps up to a distance of 5 kms. It can go beyond 5 Kms based on the Air media and the range.
BSNL is very aggressively pursuing this service and has brought in new policies with lot of flexibilities for utilizing this Bharat Air Fibre Service to provide customer connections across any terrains of the country.
Also, Bharat Air Fibre services are available in rural areas, while Bharat Fibre FTTH services are available in both rural and urban locations.
The plan for BSNL Bharat Air fiber was to develop the villages and bring them up by providing the basic internet facility.
Bharat Air Fiber offers internet and free calling services to their customers.
Initially, BSNL started to expand its fibre connectivity in villages with BharatNet. The AirFibre is a continuation of the effort that aims to connect 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats.
How does it work?
BSNL launched the Bharat Air Fibre service on the unlicensed spectrum that has not been licensed to any entity. Since this unlicensed spectrum has very little interference, the relay quality will be better for the subscribers in villages where there is very little disturbance for these airwaves.
BSNL also uses line-of-sight radio waves to deploy the Bharat AirFibre and provide call-center services to the villages. The absence of WiFi routers and appliances like microwave ovens in villages makes them easier for the Bharat AirFibre services to work.
BSNL’s Bharat Air Fiber requires no fiber laying and splicing. It uses WiFi technology (Point to Point / Point to Multi Point) to deliver ultra fast wireless broadband to customers at affordable tariff. It is well suited in areas where OFC laying is extremely difficult.
How to apply for Bharat Air Fibre?
Got to bookmyfiber.bsnl.co.in .
- Select BHARAT AIRFIBRE under “SELECT SERVICE.”
- Select your Circle.
- Enter your area Pin-Code.
- Then your Name, 10 digit mobile number, Valid Email ID.
- You’ll receive an OTP on the entered number.
- Enter the OTP and click on Next.
You’ll see if the Air Fibre is available in your area. You’ll get a call from the Company and can proceed through there.
If you did not get any call from the company for any reason, it is always suggested to contact your nearest BSNL Customer Service Centre or BSNL Telephone Exchange directly.
BSNL Bharat Air Fibre Availability:
As of now, these services are limited to only a few states and circles. These include Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, and more. Also, the company has recently added new users in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.
“Bharat Air Fibre provides wireless connectivity from the BSNL locations in rural areas. It can cover a range of up to 20 km in plains. But with most of the rural areas in Dakshina Kannada are located in hilly regions, the range of wireless service will be below 20 km, ” Ravi GR, Principal General Manager of Dakshina Kannada Telecom District said while launching the services. He added that Bharat Air Fibre will get 60 Mbps speed and data up to 3300 GB per month.
BSNL Bharat Air Fibre Plans and Pricing:
BSNL has recently launched four new broadband plans with speeds ranging from 30Mbps to 70Mbps.
The new plans namely are: AirFibre Basic, AirFibre Basic Plus, AirFibre Value, and AirFibre Premium. The base plan starts at a fixed monthly charge of 499 INR.
Earlier, BSNL was offering the same FTTH (Bharat Fiber) broadband plans for Bharat AirFibre customers without any change in freebies or monthly charges. Now based on the feedback from field units and from existing customers of Air Fiber services, the PSU has formulated new exclusive plans. The new plans come with speeds ranging from 30Mbps to 70Mbps.
Apart from internet connectivity, the BSNL AirFibre also enables calling and TV services, making it a Triple Play Service. BSNL has reportedly partnered with Yupp TV for television content. As Compared to the FTTH-based BSNL Bharat Fibre, the monthly plans for BSNL Bharat AirFibre starts at 499 INR per month. Whereas the Bharat Fibre plans that start from 449 INR per month
These new PAN India/Circle Specific ‘DSL’ and exclusive ‘Bharat Fibre Broadband plans’ currently offered by Bharat Airfibre are not available on Bharat AirFibre for new customers. However, existing customers can continue. Or the company can help migrate these customers to some other nearest Broadband plans as per feasibility.
BSNL AirFibre Basic Plan:
The BSNL Bharat AirFibre Basic plan offers unlimited data download. They offered unlimited data download with up to 30Mbps speed capped at 3.3TB. After 3.3TB, the data speed will be reduced to 2Mbps. Other than the data download, this plan also offers unlimited voice calling to any network within the country. Whereas the charge of ISD calls is set at 1.2 INR per minute.
The price for the BSNL Bharat AirFibre Basic Plan is 499 INR for one-month subscription. Whereas the price for the 12-months subscription is 5,988 INR. With the annual plan, BSNL offers one month of additional service for free which means you will get 13-months of subscription on the yearly plan.
BSNL AirFibre Basic Plus Plan:
The BSNL Bharat AirFibre Basic Plus plan offers unlimited data download. They offered unlimited data download with up to 40Mbps speed capped at 3.3TB. After 3.3TB, the data speed will be reduced to 4Mbps. Other than the data download, this plan also offers unlimited voice calling to any network within the country just like the previous plan. Whereas the charge of ISD calls is set at 1.2 INR per minute.
The price for the BSNL Bharat AirFibre Basic Plus Plan is 699 INR for the one-month subscription. Whereas the price for the 12-months subscription is 8,388 INR. With the annual plan, BSNL AirFibre offers one month of additional service for free which means you will get 12+1 months of subscription on the yearly plan.
BSNL AirFibre Value Plan:
This BSNL Bharat AirFibre Value plan is for users with a need for higher speed than the previous plans. This plan offers unlimited data download with up to 50Mbps speed capped at 3.3TB. After 3.3TB, the data speed will be reduced to 6Mbps. Other than the data download, users will also get unlimited voice calling to any network within the country just like the previous plans.
The price for the AirFibre Value Plan is 899 INR for the one-month subscription. Whereas the price for the 12-months subscription is 10,788 INR. With the annual plan, BSNL offers an additional month of free service which means you will get 12+1 months of subscription on the yearly plan.
* The above-mentioned charges are exclusive of GST. These instructions shall be implemented with immediate effect on a regular basis in all the circles (except the A&N circle).
Also, the customers will be given voice service either through the App or regular phone attached through CPE, but not both.
BSNL AirFibre Premium Plan:
The BSNL Bharat AirFibre Premium Plan is the top-of-the-line plan in the AirFibre line. This plan offers unlimited data download with up to 70Mbps speed capped at 3.3TB. After 3.3TB, the data speed will be reduced to 10Mbps. Other than the data download, users will also get unlimited voice calling to any network within the country just like the other plans.
The AirFibre Premium broadband plan is priced at 1,199 INR for the one-month subscription. Whereas the price for the 12-months subscription is 14,388 INR. With the annual plan, BSNL offers an additional month of free service which means you will get 13 months of subscription on the yearly plan.
Bharat Air Fibre Installation Charges:
The basic Installation charge for the BSNL Bharat Air FIbre is 500 INR. Although, BSNL is currently providing free installation for a limited time period.
BSNL’s promotional scheme of Free Installation Charges was earlier available for a period up to 30th April 2021. With this scheme, the PSU could achieve 1 million customer base in the Bharat Fiber (FTTH) segment within a short span of time. Based on the overwhelming response from people all over India, the BSNL authorities have decided to extend the scheme further till 3rd August 2021.
An Official statement from BSNL regarding the re-launch of this promotional scheme reads “to waive off installation charges of 500 INR/- (for Bharat Fibre connections) currently levied on BSNL Landline/Broadband connections (Cu/Fibre/BBoWiFi/Bharat Air Fibre) on promotional basis for 90 days in all the circles”.
Hence, if the customer chooses the Air Fibre basic plan then the first bill will be:
Security deposit – 499 INR + 499 INR for 1 month of subscription + 18% GST = 1178 INR(approx.)
Billing period is from 1st to the last day of every month (i.e., 1st to 30th Day or 1st to 31st Day).
Availability in Urban Areas:
As of now, the company has not made any announcements regarding the availability of BSNL AirFibre in Urban Areas. Although, if someone living in Urban Area would like to opt for the internet services for BSNL, then they should go for the BSNL Bharat Fibre services.
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