Does prepaid broadband suit everyone?

The world has been silently and sneakily changing over the years following the introduction of the broadband and now a new era has dawned where the situation has become one where people are unable to live their daily lives without being hooked up to the broadband internet! And it’s not just the offices and businesses, but students, young and older alike, as well as home-makers too who depend on it on a daily basis for their day-to-day needs. In fact, children right from their kindergarten days are taught to use the computer and this slowly progresses to playing video games online with mothers putting on interesting movies on YouTube to keep their children entertained.

Luckily, the use of broadband is quite affordable and internet service providers offer a wide range of plans and packages to suit the different needs of people. There are the limited and unlimited plans as well as the prepaid and postpaid options. For those looking for fast data access, the best plan would be unlimited prepaid broadband service. And that’s not all, as at Asianet broadband services, we also offer a variety of data prepaid plans suitable to the needs of the end-user.

But do note that the prepaid option is for those who aren’t always online, and when they do log on, they need the fastest speeds for downloading. And for those of you who are wondering what all this prepaid and postpaid packages are all about, they are basically referring to the payment mode used for paying for data transfer. In prepaid, you pay upfront for a certain amount of data that you want to use; we offer a top-up option also available to cover your data needs in case the plan isn’t sufficient for your usage. You also have the option of paying on a monthly or yearly basis, although the latter makes more sense as it comes with useful freebies like an extra three months free. Other benefits of prepaid include non-existence of fixed monthly charges along with a controlled use of data as you can never exceed your limit. Along with this, the tariff plans are suitable for every segment of society including students, businesses, night birds and home-users.

In postpaid on the other hand, you get a bill at the end of each month corresponding to the amount of data used. For heavy users like businesses, especially IT businesses, it’s better to go for high speed unlimited postpaid packages as one wouldn’t want to be suddenly cut off from the broadband in the middle of some important work. People who indulge in a lot of live video streaming, movie download and live gaming, aside from the usual use of broadband, better go for the unlimited postpaid plans too. Aside from this, postpaid connections provide you with the benefit of being able to opt out of the services of your service provider without losing any bucks on it.
But at the end of the day, the plan you go for at the end of the day depends on how much your data usage is and how much you are willing to spend on it!

Why does your home need a broadband connection with unlimited data plan?

As the world is going digital, the need for broadband connections is on the rise. And India is at par in the global need for better and faster broadband connectivity in every home. Lifestyles have changed so much over the years that the internet is required for almost everything.

In an average home, children need the internet for digging up information for completing their homework and projects. Aside from this, the internet serves as a good source of information for almost anything and everything….even in the kitchen! For the day when you feel like eating something different, you can look up the recipe of almost anything on the net and enjoy a new experience without any hassles.

Communication is also internet-dependent these days, with social websites like Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype being a very popular and cheap means of communication, especially when it comes to keeping in touch with friends and family living abroad. Watching movies on the internet at home is a common hobby for many people, but with a single broadband connection being used for so many activities, there is always the chance that you could run out of data before the end of the billing month. For this reason, it’s better to opt for an unlimited broadband plan when selecting a package for use at the house. And to top it all, they are usually affordable too.

So for web-heavy households, using unlimited packages is definitely a necessity so there is no fear for the family of running out of data. The average family home in urban areas uses almost one full day equivalent of internet use per week with at least three or more people hooked on to the net at the same time at night times. It’s also been predicted that at least 50% of homes use the internet for watching movies at one time or the other in the urban landscape. With so many uses of the broadband, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for households without at least one connection to depend on for internet service. A common Wi-Fi is used in homes so that the whole family can connect to it for their personal uses. An unlimited data plan is therefore indispensable for homes.

We have been talking about data, but what exactly do we mean by it? By data use, we are referring to the gigabytes used, which are a measure of the amount of data used to send or receive information over the network. One gigabyte (GB) is equal to 1,073,741,824 bytes or 1,048,576 kilobytes or 1024 megabytes.

To get a clearer picture, 1GB is equal to about 50,000 single-page emails without attachments. Or you could say 1GB is equivalent to data used to watch an 80-minute movie in standard definition or a 20-minute movie in high definition. By this, you can get a better idea of how much data you will need every month.

When going for an unlimited plan connection, check for the upfront installation fee; you will also need to check the time lengths for such plans, whether they are on a monthly basis or an annual basis. Since most ISPs offer add-ons, you can also choose the extras depending upon your own special needs.

How broadband changed Kerala

Kerala not only has the highest literacy levels in the country, but this beautiful coastal state is also the most connected to broadband internet. So much so that the state government has even gone ahead and announced that internet is the basic human right of every indigene of this state!

Over the past decade or so, internet use has been on a steep rise such that it has become a basic commodity for life – just like food, water and education! Not only that, there are new medical conditions that have become common too due to the overuse of this so-convenient broadband internet coverage, available in all nooks and crannies of the state. ‘Webo-mania’ (web addiction), eye strains, ‘computer-back’ (posterior cervical dorsal syndrome), ‘mouse shoulder’, disc injuries, lumbar sprains and strains, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome to name a few are some of these conditions.

That notwithstanding, the introduction of the high speed broadband into the precincts of Kerala in 1993 by one of our flagship companies, Asianet broadband services has changed the lives of Keralites irreversibly forever. Due to the presence of a large population of the indigenes of the state residing in foreign lands, the high-speed internet has been a major boon for the families left behind. It has helped keep families close even though thousands of miles keep them apart. Mostly lonely ageing parents are left behind in Kerala, thus communication over the internet is a boon for them where they can see their loved ones in real time online.

Initially it was the emails exchanged over the internet that kept the communications going, then Skype, and other social media forums came in for keeping in touch with friends and families spread out all over the world. Communication by chats, free voice calls or video calls over the broadband internet come at a very cheap rate as compared to using telephones.

Broadband usage has also helped in further improving education in Kerala as many online courses are available that you can follow from the comfort of your home; aside from this, the plethora of information available on the web is very useful for students and research scholars alike for their homework or research projects. Information available on the net is also helpful for those in rural areas, keeping them abreast of world and local events.

People are also turning away from the traditional newspapers as they are a wastage of paper and prefer to read their daily quota of news online; broadband download speeds are great and reading news from all over the world on the computer or mobile are in vogue now. Another factor is that most people don’t have the time to relax with the newspaper in the early mornings anymore, so reading the news on the go is more convenient.

With digitalization being promoted on a national level, many government/ non-government forms and official paperwork are increasingly being done online to save on the use of papers to save the environment as well as to make storage more convenient in virtual clouds. And with Keralites being educated, going online isn’t a problem for a majority of them. In fact, the advent of the broadband into Kerala was the best gift they could have asked for!

How to Choose your Broadband Plan

Over the years, there have been a lot of changes and advancements in internet technology, but the driving force behind further improvements in information technology and communication hasn’t abated. Gone are the days when internet could only be accessed through the slow dial-up process through lines that weren’t always free. Those were the days when sending emails and having email addresses were intriguing events that got people excited.

Advantages of Broadband Connection

broadband connection advantages

It was not so long ago when we were struggling with the slow dial-up system of accessing the internet, but already most people seem to have forgotten the frustration of erratic connectivity after the introduction of the broadband internet. Since its advent, broadband internet became an instant hit due to its high-speed connectivity and constant availability. It can be accessed in four different ways, namely, cable, digital subscriber line (DSL), fiber-optics and direct satellite connections.