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Airtel’s 100 Mbps fixed broadband service launched

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel said that it has deployed ‘V-Fiber’ technology to offer up to 100 Mbps of broadband speeds on its fixed broadband footprint in 87 cities. The offering is available in Chennai starting today and will be rolled out across Airtel’s national broadband network in the coming weeks.

The company notes the process of upgrading to the V-Fiber network will not require it to dig up roads or re-wire, instead, it will boost the last mile copper connectivity by using 'noise elimination technology' it is referring to as Vectorization. It adds that local exchanges have been upgraded to handle faster fibre speeds. To avail the faster V-Fiber broadband service, existing broadband users will require a new modem.

While the new modem is chargeable (exact pricing details have not been provided), Airtel says monthly rental plans will not increase alongside the increase in speed. These modem charges will be fully refunded if the customer is not satisfied with the service within the first month, the company says. New customers get an 'unlimited three months trial offer'.

Both existing and new users can register or pre-book the V-Fiber service via the company's dedicated site.

Existing Airtel broadband customers can upgrade to ‘V-Fiber’ speeds with their current plan and get 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,” the company said.