The service was recently launched in the city of Hyderabad with plans for other cities in the near future.
On Thursday, 30 March, ACT Fibernet announced its launch of wired broadband Internet services in Hyderabad with a speed of up to 1Gbps, an unprecedented thing in the country. The high-speed data service is priced at Rs 5,999 per month, and has a 1 TB FUP cap, but is only available in Hyderabad, although ACT Fibernet has stated that it has plans of introducing the service in 10 other Indian cities as well.
The launch was carried out in the presence of Telangana’s Minister for IT, Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, and cements ACT Fibernet’s position as the first ISP to “giga enable an entire city in India.” Speaking about the move, the company stated that till now, high-speed internet connections are only provided to enterprise customers, and ACT is looking to change that by focusing on retail customers, startups, retail outlets, and internet companies. Not only will this create a revolutionised technological impact on the country, it will also assist in the move towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a “Digital India.”
The company also claimed that they would be able to provide the service within 72-90 hours of application, and would enable customers to download a full-size movie in mere seconds. With its headquarters in Bangalore, ACT comes third on the list of largest non-telco ISP in India in the wired broadband category. Operating in as many as 11 cities all over India, ACT has a massive customer base of 1.2 million.
CEO of ACT Fibernet, Bala Malladi, said that currently, the average internet speed in the country is just 2.5 Mbps, and high-speed connections are not only expensive, but not as reliable either. The services offered by ACT will prove to be a huge boon for startups, as it is not possible for them to invest around 5 to 6 lakhs in leased lines, the only other way of getting high-speed internet services at the moment.
The best part about the this, however, is that the upgrades needed for the service are absolutely minimal, and can be done with the existing fiber network itself. It is only the last mile cabling that would need to be replaced to enable such a high-speed network connection, making it exceptionally cost effective to boot.
Maladi also added, that with the aggressive traction that the Digital India movement currently has, the Government, as well as the regular citizens, are in dire need of high-speed internet service at affordable rates. The launch of ACT’s 1 Gbps broadband internet service would massively help speed up the process and usher India into a new age of digital proficiency. Hyderabad being one of the premier technology states in the country, with a plethora of technology brands, educational institutions and a booming economy made it the perfect choice to launch the service, he added.