Rural Broadband Plans in India

Living rurally doesn’t mean being cut off from the world. Find out what your options are when looking for rural broadband.

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While living in the country has plenty of benefits, there are times when you can feel a bit isolated in terms of access to services that city-dwelling Indians enjoy.

Broadband is one service that has frustrated people in rural India for years. Either broadband plans are too expensive and the connection leaves much to be desired, or simply there is no broadband available at all. Thankfully, this has been acknowledged and something is now being done about it. The government has pledged to take broadband to all villages in India by 2022.

What broadband options are available near me?

If you are not sure what broadband options you can get at your house, you can find out through one of two ways:

    1. Visit the website of one of the larger telecommunication providers that offer regional broadband. Enter your address and you will be presented with the available connections and plans. If no options are available, try another rural provider.
    2. Check out the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s coverage map. The map, which is updated on a half-yearly basis, shows where commercial operators are delivering broadband services.

Depending on the connection type, there may be one or more providers that can offer you a broadband service in your regional area. Unless you are limited to one provider that services your area, it pays to shop around and compare the costs of different plans. Some companies don’t display their rural plan prices on their websites, so you may need to call and speak to someone to get a quote.

BSNL is one of the main providers of broadband in rural India.

What if there are no broadband services available?

If no broadband services are available at your house, it is likely due to being in a very remote area. In this case, you may need to consider satellite broadband to be able to get online. While typical satellite broadband speeds are generally slower than fibre, part-fibre and mobile broadband, a satellite plan could be a workable option as this type of connection doen’t depend on cables or telephone lines. Satellite broadband is typically set up in a home through the installation of a satellite dish.

What type of broadband is right for me?

Once you understand what broadband services are available to you in your region, you can compare plans and choose one based on the amount of data you need and the price you are willing to pay each month. If rural broadband is available through a company that you get other services such as power, landline, mobile through, it could be worth sticking with them as you may get discounts or loyalty rewards.

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