The demand for fixed broadband lines has been increased to 30%, since 25th March the lockdown was introduced in India. This shows that people are moving towards Broadband & Wi-Fi services at home.
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The subscriptions to fixed broadband, especially in the urban areas, have surged because millions are working from home. Consequently, data usage has increased up 25 to 30 percent since the lockdown began on 25th March, 2020. This spike in consumption, however, has led to slower data speeds.
There are only 18 million subscribers in the country due to a price war and Corona virus pandemic. Data Consumption Decrease Reduced Speed In India.
The report said that increased data consumption has decreased internet speed in the country. It said the consumption and request for new data connection is the all-time high in India. The firm also added this has affected the mobile data speed, and telecom operators are facing more pressure to fulfill the demand.
Although 4G offers lower speed than fixed broadband, it served the purpose all this while, especially with the increasing affordability of smartphones.
BSNL has extended the validity of its work from home plans until 19th May 2020. These plans were launched in March, where it is offering 5GB data per day along with 10 Mbps speed. The plan is available in all circles, including Andaman & Nicobar.
Secondly, JioFiber has announced that it is offering double data with all its broadband plans. Besides, the company has launched a plan, where it is offering free speed up to 10 Mbps to all households.
MTNL has launched plans for its enterprise customers. Lastly, Airtel has launched four plans for its cooperative clients.
It is worth noting that fixed broadband lines have always faced competition with telecom operators as they are offering double data benefits at very affordable prices. However, now it is expected that the lockdown will increase the user base of broadband users in the country.