The Jio AirFiber will officially launch on September 19 and compete against Airtel’s Xstream AirFiber. Both are essentially Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) communication systems to offer 5G internet services at home with a simple plug-and-play device. It means users do not need to rely on traditional routers and fibre cables to use the internet at home. Additionally, Airtel and Jio AirFiber tech can be set up by the customer at home.

The advantage of this technology is that it can be a great solution if you don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up an internet connection at home or office through a company representative. It can also be useful in places where there’s no optical fibre connectivity, which can be highly beneficial in rural India.

Jio AirFiber vs Airtel Xstream AirFiber: Price

Currently, Airtel is offering a single monthly plan for customers. The six-month Xstream AirFiber connection will cost Rs 7,733, which includes a Rs 2,500 refundable security deposit for the AirFiber router. The telecom company has also updated its website for users to check the availability of the service.

On the other hand, Jio will reveal the price on the sale day next month. The Jio AirFiber service is expected to be priced 20 per cent lower than its counterpart. A report by ET Telecom suggests that the device could cost around Rs 6,000.

Jio AirFiber vs Airtel Xstream AirFiber: Internet speed, benefits, and catch

Both telecom companies will provide a Wi-Fi 6 router, which offers several advantages over Wi-Fi 5, including low latency, wider coverage, and higher speeds. Since Jio AirFiber and Airtel Xstream AirFiber rely on 5G connections through SIM cards, the speed will largely depend on the coverage in that specific area. Airtel explains, “In FWA, a wireless transmitter or receiver is installed at the customer’s premises and is connected to an antenna that communicates with a nearby cell tower or base station.”

Additionally, both companies offer an app that allows users to manage the router and find the best internet spot within their home. Users can also connect multiple devices to the AirFiber router, though the owner can set limits via the app.

Currently, Airtel has unveiled its single plan, promising speeds of up to 100Mbps. Jio is boasting a 5G speed of 1Gbps, although its plans remain unclear. We will get more information on September 19. However, Jio states that Jio AirFiber may perform better and more consistently due to its use of the SA (Standalone) 5G network, as opposed to Airtel’s NSA (non-standalone). In theory, the former is superior, but coverage also plays a significant role.