Choosing a Plan for Light Internet Use


Technology has taken over our lives to the extent that we find ourselves at a lose end when we are plucked out of our internet-cocooned life. We suddenly find it very hard to cope up with life as we have become so used to the broadband internet for most of our daily activities, starting from payment of bills and communications to office work and entertainment.

A situation without internet is hard to imagine, yet that is how our parents grew up and things weren’t too bad for them in those days! But today, these same parents are also becoming increasingly dependent on the internet for quite a number of their activities. And when it comes to choosing an internet broadband package for yourself, there are several criteria that you will need to consider carefully.
Before going shopping for an internet service provider, you first need to decide what kind of a web user you are…. Are you a light user or a heavy user? And do you have an idea of how much download you are planning to engage in? All this will help you to decide on the kind of package to select. This factor has to be considered along with other important factors like speed and cost.

If you are a heavy user, you would probably need heavy-use broadband or superfast broadband. But then if you are a light internet user and just use the broadband for emails and an occasional YouTube session, a beginner’s package would be great for you. Once you have got this out of the way, you now need to look around for a reliable broadband provider. You can access broadband through wireless and wired connections. The latter is more reliable, especially when it comes paired up with TV connection through coaxial cables. There are three ways that wired broadband is available – DSL, cable, and fiber. Of these, cable is the most comfortable in terms of availability and on the pocket. Asianet Broadband services available throughout almost every part of rural and urban areas of Kerala comes packed in coaxial cables and is among the top internet service providers in the country.

If you are a light internet user, it’s better to go for an entry-level broadband plan. There is no point in going for high-speed packages when you might not be availing of the data paid for. And if over time, you do end up spending more time on the broadband, you can always upgrade your plan to a more expensive one. Alternatively, you could opt for a top-up plan.

Almost all internet service providers offer beginner broadband packages that are light on the pocket aside from being within your data usage limits. You could go for our Night Bird plan for just Rs.99 for 5GB data at 10Mbps speeds per month or you can opt for the Bolt 399 plan for Rs.399 for 4GB data at 20Mbps. These are in the prepaid category and will ensure that you are not overbilled at the end of the month. The postpaid plan is usually meant for heavy data users and definitely to be avoided by light internet users.

When should you take up a Prepaid Broadband Connection ?


There is no denying the fact that broadband internet has taken over our lives irrevocably. We depend on it for everything from checking out a new recipe to paying your bills online or staying in touch with friends and family. Just like the phone had become an indispensable part of our lives earlier, it’s the broadband that’s the latest technology to grab the headlines. Numerous programs and apps are being designed around the availability of broadband internet that is drawing us more and more deeply into a webbed world (pun intended!), which we can control from just sitting in front of our computers at home.

No more hassles of running up and down and queuing up to pay bills, reduced usage of paper as most information, bills and mails are available online, so broadband is working to save the environment too! And no more renting of movies for the weekend either as movies, live video streaming and online gaming are some of the activities that can keep you busy at home on the Wi-Fi, without too much financial input.

So when it’s time to decide on a broadband internet connection, there are numerous factors to think of; is the internet service provider a reliable company? Think Asianet Broadband services here, as we have been around for more than 25 years in the business in Kerala and have a network that covers almost all the corners of ‘God’s Own Country’.

Secondly, you have to decide how much data you will need each month. Are you a light user who needs it for emails and a little bit of YouTube or are you a heavy internet user who stays logged on for several hours each day? How many people will be using the Wi-Fi and an estimate of the activities will give you a good idea of your net usage. This will give you an idea of the data package to choose from. The speed and data transfers are the two most important features that govern your choice of a data pack – aside from the monetary factor of course!

A prepaid broadband connection is always better for home use as there are no monthly handling charges, no hassles when it comes to bill payment and there are numerous attractive tariff plans to suit all needs. The best part is that if you feel your prepaid pack isn’t sufficient for you, can always opt for a top-up plan and keep chugging along smoothly. The best-prepaid plans are in the unlimited data usage section where there is no end to the amount of data you can download – a heavenly option for the heavy internet users! Aside from this, prepaid plans usually offer discounts as well as bonus usage upon payment of yearly fees. You also get to use the Wi-Fi modem for free! Not a bad deal at all….

With the unlimited plan, you can carry on with your various activities along with your family without ever having to worry about exceeding your data limits, even if the speeds come down a notch after a while. The most important point is to go for a reliable prepaid package that delivers on its promises!

Why does a Home with Children Need Broadband ?


Times are a changing, so much so that most aspects of life are now becoming irrevocably linked to the internet. Since the advent of the broadband internet with its wider bandwidth and greater downloading speeds, internet usage has been receiving glaring attention and being incorporated into most home and businesses activities. Aside from its usage in the office where emails and large data files have to be exchanged, it’s also needed to operate numerous apps to enable optimal functioning of the office.

The story doesn’t end there however as broadband internet is equally important at home. Gone are the days when a paper and pencil were enough to complete that nightly routine of homework from school; these days homework in urban areas is either sent online and needs to be completed and sent back online too, or homework needs reference to online books or other information available on search engines like Google. Though it’s great to use modern technology as well as go paperless to save the environment, this form of compulsory use of the internet can be a drawback for a certain section of the population.

Not all people opt to have broadband enabled Wi-Fi at home and the children living in such homes become disadvantaged. Going to cyber cafés for homework isn’t always practical, so a high-speed broadband is increasingly becoming a necessity for homes. It could mean the difference between making it in school to falling behind in classes.

The method of teaching has also been undergoing a change with teachers now referring students of all ages to go online and find out more details of whatever is taught to them in school. This type of teaching is more practical as it exposes the child to a plethora of other useful information too! As a parent you might be concerned about inappropriate content or online stalking, and that’s normal enough; just make sure you have a good computer security system and block certain sites along with teaching your child the basic rules of staying safe on the internet.

Internet on a phone isn’t convenient for student use and parents need to provide computers with fixed internet connections that are more reliable and steady in speed bandwidths…..along with the fear of draining the phone battery. Low-income parents may not be able to provide the above, in which case the child will have to depend on internet on a Smartphone.

There are many distant education programs that also need a broadband connection for convenience in studying, so first make sure you have a reliable internet connection before enrolling for such courses.

Aside from this, children of this generation like to spend a lot of time online for extracurricular activities too that include chatting on social media, making free video calls as well as live streaming videos, watching movies and gaming online. For all this, an unlimited broadband plan would be the best and we at Asianet Broadband services offer great packages that suit your needs as well as your pocket. We even offer special packs for students that are very affordable and sufficient for their data needs.

Why are Senior Citizens Enjoying Broadband Internet ?

There is something to be said about the circle of life. When we are young, we are physically weak and dependent on the others. The same carries through when we reach the zenith of our lives and achieve that prestigious place in life called ‘senior citizens’, where wisdom and experience is aplenty, but the average human body is again weakened and incapable of enjoying complete independence.

The only difference is that after having lived an active and vigorous life, it’s difficult to accept that you are really not strong enough anymore to be on the move continuously. And this is when the broadband internet comes into play…..sitting in the cozy comfort of their own homes, the senior citizens can still access the world virtually through the internet! This gives them the feeling of being a part of the outside world, and not some redundant piece of flotsam lying around uselessly.

The trend in most places is for the children to move out of the country for higher studies and work; this leaves the parents at a loose end and insecure. But with our highly reliable broadband connections, and our 24×7 customer service, we at Asianet Broadband services provide the best high-speed internet facilities possible for these senior citizens to stay connected with their families through cheap internet-assisted phone calls and video calls. This is a great boon for these lonely parents left behind as it helps them share the lives of their loved ones virtually, even though thousands of miles separate them.

One can easily access the internet for news and latest global events through various online news portals that not only keep the senior citizens busy in a gainful manner, but also helps them feel connected to the outside world and reduce their feelings of isolation. Through the internet, they are also able to keep themselves entertained with watching movies and YouTube.

A variety of internet-based technologies can empower senior citizens to lead more fulfilling, productive and independent lives. Though many elderly households in rural Kerala do not realize the significance of broadband internet and how it can enrich the quality of their life, majority of senior citizens in the urban and suburban areas are aware of its potential for empowerment. Broadband connectivity offers five major benefits and opportunities to senior citizens in the areas of social connection, health preservation, personal fulfillment, functional capability as well as support from caregivers.

High-speed connectivity can help senior citizens to still be able to work from home as many businesses work from the remote location concept, thus empowering these people to remain productive in spite of being home-bound. They can also operate their own businesses from their homes, helping them stay financially independent as well as feeling empowered. It also keeps their minds working, thus preventing mental disabilities too. They can access various forums, social blogging sites, etc, to stay connected with other people and sharing their ideas.

And believe it or not, online gaming such as Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Wii can also help these people stay physically fit and active while staying home! …so yes, senior citizens do have a reason to smile when it comes to the broadband internet!

Myths about Broadband Internet


Internet connectivity has gone international and made the world into a global village, and within easy reach of the common man. Broadband internet connection has become popular over the years since its inception and is available all over the world. Even the economically-backward countries have gone all out to become fully connected to the internet as it’s a great stimulator for economic growth. Not only that, it’s an important tool for distant education, dissemination of information as well as for communication and keeping in touch with people spread out in any corner of the world, at a nominal cost.

There is a whole online world available out there on the internet and if you feel your broadband connection is not at par to access all the information and entertainment, you might feel that you are missing out. And with so many myths and misconceptions going around as far as broadband internet connectivity is concernedyou might be feeling discouraged to invest in this product – which in turn hampers individual growth. But if you really want to be sure that what you are experiencing is not a myth, here is a list of some of the misconceptions going around, as far as broadband internet is concerned.

Traffic and Electrical noise interfere with broadband speed – Though this can prove to be a source of worry for businesses operating machineries, rest assured that this just myth and is not true. You don’t need to insulate your office or change location of your router as cases of noise affecting broadband speed are extremely rare. However, you should note that faulty electrical equipment in the vicinity, an outdated computer and its configuration and speed may lead to an erratic broadband speed.

Internet performance is independent of the quality of the computer – A poorly fitted or outdated computer can interfere with clear webpage viewing; underpowered computers can also contribute to poor viewing. Updating the computer is strongly recommended to avail full benefits of good internet speeds.

Using the router provided – The router provided by the company may not always be sufficient for your business or home needs and upgrading to a higher-quality router may make all the difference in accessing faster speeds and higher ranges.

Maintenance of broadband internet is expensive – With so many ISPs in the market, internet providers are going all out to provide the services and deals to woo customers, with some even offering free periods where the customer doesn’t pay anything! At Asianet Broadband services, we are committed to providing 24×7 technical support along with numerous incentives and tariff plans that suit all pocket sizes.

Using broadband internet is complicated – Nothing could be further from the truth as the person installing your broadband connection will walk you through all the steps. And there is always the 24×7 customer service on hand to help you out at any time.

High speed equals multiple users – The advertised speed will not necessarily apply when there are numerous people transferring data at the same time.

All ISPs provide the same facility, so no point in switching – This is a myth as different ISPs provide a variety of varying business packages with additional facilities. You just need to scout around for the right one!

The Advantages of Broadband over 4G


Interestingly, the internet has become a necessity for living in this modern world of ours, just like water, air and food….more so in the urban areas as compared to the rural areas. Internet broadband service providers like our flagship company, Asianet Broadband have been around for 25 years or so in Kerala, providing easily accessible broadband internet through a network of cables spread out through all the nooks and crannies of the state. And that’s a major advantage that traditional broadband internet holds over a comparatively new newcomer like 4G internet.

It’s worth stressing here that we aren’t talking about whether 4G will become as successful as broadband internet or not, as it most certainly will in a few years time – and after some important changes in their services, too. With time, most people will probably have a mobile 4G for the times when they are on the move along with a fixed broadband for home as both have their plus points.

So what exactly are we talking about here? Simply put, there are two ways of accessing the internet, one is through a mobile broadband which you take with you when you leave the house and the other is the fixed one connected to your home. As mobile broadband (read 4G) isn’t offered as an unlimited plan, its ideal for those who are light users and who travel or move around a lot; carrying your internet connection wherever you go is important in today’s world, especially in those really rural areas where fixed broadband lines are unable to gain access to.

The biggest plus for 4G internet is that it’s portable, whether in the form of a dongle, Wi-Fi hotspot, MI-Fi or phone, and you can use it to play music in the car or stopover to do some urgent work on the go. This is of course not possible with your fixed broadband internet as it can only be accessed from home.

However, not to be discouraged, as traditional fixed broadband connections have been around for a long time and are firmly established businesses. The network coverage is also more consistent as compared to 4G where there are patchy areas where you can be left in a lurch. Aside from being more reliable, fixed broadband has a lower lag time, making video calls and gaming more enjoyable.

It’s also faster than most 4G connections, especially in urban or easily accessible rural areas; you can also get to download more stuff with the fixed broadband connections as compared to mobile connections since most ISPs offer unlimited download packages for an almost similar tariff. And not only that, when the restrictive usage caps are exceeded, the bills can get really high for 4G users.

So generally speaking, broadband connections provide better deals, are more reliable and you don’t get restricted by data usage curbs. They are also best when multiple users want to log on at the same time as the bandwidth is sufficient to cope up with speed needs. And of course they are an absolute must if you or a family member are avid gamers or into streaming HD videos!

The 4G internet on the other hand is more useful for transient use when on the move.

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.