4G USB Sticks, Download limits, Internet Speeds, Pricing, Mobile Internet, , fair usage, are a few of the hot topics doing the rounds in the major towns in India these days. Undoubtedly, Internet in India has come a long way but plenty more is still missing for Urban users. Despite there being 168 Internet Service Providers in India, only 5 stand out. The various services and products on offer by these Public and Private Internet service providers are quite accommodating and make sure that the customer satisfaction is achieved.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.
The largest telecom company of India, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. surprisingly caught all the attention as soon as they stepped into new digital age with mobile services and Broadband Internet services after years of providing Landline and dial-up Internet services.
With plenty of infrastructure resources, experience and planning BSNL has always managed to attract consumers by offering lowest price in its class tariffs for their DataOne connections compared to their competitors.
The Company is an Indian state-owned telecommunications company headquartered in New Delhi. It is one of the largest Internet service providers with more than 17 lac Subscribers,providing Internet service throughout the entire country (except in New Delhi and Mumbai) under the brand name of "Sancharnet".
BSNL has the largest 3G network in India covering not only the main town/city but also the adjoining suburbs and rural areas as well. As of now BSNL has 3G services in 826 cities across India.
The Company has also introduced India's first 4th Generation High-Speed Wireless Broadband Access Technology with the minimum speed of 256kbit/s. The focus of this service is mainly rural customer where the wired broadband facility is not available.
Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited
MTNL is a state-owned telecommunications service provider in the metro cities of Mumbai and New Delhi in India. It is the largest ISP in these cities and the second largest ISP in India.
MTNL has also unveiled very cost-effective Broadband Internet access plans (TriBand) targeted at homes and small businesses with a speed of up to 2 MB/s.
On 9 November 2011, MTNL launched Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) triple play high speed broadband service with core network speed up to 10 Gbit/s in Delhi and FTTH, with core network speed up to 1 Gbit/s, was launched in Mumbai on 1 March 2012.
MTNL was the first to launch 3G services in India and also provides 3G data cards for usage in devices other than mobile phones. The ISP also rolled out its BlackBerry solutions on the 2G and 3G networks by launching India’s first 3G enabled BlackBerry Bold smart phones.
Reliance Communications Ltd.
Reliance Communications Ltd is an Indian broadband and telecommunications company headquartered in Navi Mumbai, India. With over 150 million subscribers, RCOM is the world's 16th largest mobile phone operator.
The company has five segments: Wireless segment offers Hi-speed wireless internet access across India in over 24,000 towns and 6 lac villages, as well as along major highways, railway routes, airport lounges and remote locations. The cutting edge CDMA 1x network can give you high-speed internet access, up to 144kbps; Broadband segment includes broadband operations of the company; Global segment includes national long distance and international long distance operations of the company and the wholesale operations of its subsidiaries; Investment segment includes investment activities of the Group companies, and Other segment consists of the customer care activities and direct-to-home (DTH) activities.
Two years back, the Company launched the 3G service in India covering Assam, Orissa, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kanpur, Kolkata, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, North East, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal.It is also expected to launch 4G services later this year with LTE technology.
Tata Teleservices Limited
Incorporated in 1996, Tata Teleservices is the pioneer of the CDMA 1x technology platform in India. It has embarked on a growth path since the acquisition of Hughes Tele.com (India) Ltd [renamed Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited] by the Tata Group in 2002. It launched mobile operations in January 2005 under the brand name Tata Indicom and today enjoys a pan-India presence through existing operations in all of India's 22 telecom Circles. The company's network has been rated as the 'Least Congested' in India for six consecutive quarters by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India through independent surveys.
The company has also become the first Indian private telecom operator to launch 3G services in India under the brand name Tata DOCOMO, with its recent launch in all the nine telecom Circles where it bagged the 3G license.
The company's Limited bouquet comprises four other brands as well—Virgin Mobile, Walky (which is the brand for fixed wireless phones), the Photon family (the company's brand that provides a variety of options for wireless mobile broadband access, and T24.
bharti airtel limited
bharti airtel limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa. The company offers mobile voice & data services, fixed line, high speed broadband, IPTV, DTH, turnkey telecom solutions for enterprises and national & international long distance services to carriers. bharti airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by business week. The company has 200 million customers across its operations.
It operates a GSM network in all countries, providing 2G, 3G and 4G services and paid 33.1436 billion for spectrum in 4 circles: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab and Kolkata. The company was allocated 20 Mhz of BWA spectrum in 2.3 Ghz frequency band.
The Company becomes the first private ISP to launch 4G LTE service in Kolkata on April 10th 2012 offering the fastest wireless internet ever with break free fast speed (up to 40mbps) on the move.