The job search can be tough, but the search for the right broadband internet provider can be as tough as it gets.
Which is your best bet?
RTE asked some of the top internet service providers to answer this question.
The question is one that many companies have been grappling with, with several offering free or low-cost internet to businesses, and others offering a range of services.
The key word here is “competes”.
“We’ve been doing it for years.
And it’s not a competition.
You can get an internet service that is faster, better or better than the competition,” said Airtel’s Rajesh Bhattacharya.”
You can get a better service than a competition, but you’re not competing against the competition.
The competition is going to deliver the best service for the price,” said CVC’s Rajiv Keshav.”
There are companies out there, we’ve had them for years, that are providing the best quality service.
And the competition is there.
There is no difference in the service.
There are no real differences in the quality of service.
That is what we’re competing against,” he added.
Internet service providers (ISPs) have been around for decades, but are becoming increasingly popular as the job market gets tougher.
In 2017, more than 30% of internet users said they were dissatisfied with the quality and speed of their internet access.
However, a majority of the companies surveyed by RTE say that they’re looking for an internet provider that offers competitive services, including one that delivers quality, affordable and reliable internet service.
“If you have to pay for internet, why not pay for a great internet service?
There are more options out there than what we have today,” said Shashi Agrawal, VP and head of network services at Vodafone.”
We have to make choices.
And I don’t want to say we have to be against the consumer but we have choices, and it’s up to us to make the right choices,” he said.
Airtel offers free internet access to some businesses, but offers its own broadband plans.
“Airtels network is built around our network.
It’s not built around a bunch of different providers.
There’s no particular difference between Airtels broadband plans,” said Anupam Sharma, VP network solutions.”
It’s a one-size-fits-all.
And if you don’t get a great quality service from AirtEL, why would you pay for the service of someone that does?,” he asked.CVC says that it’s also offering services that are affordable, reliable and offer speedier speeds.
“We’ve always offered high quality broadband services at affordable prices,” said Rupesh Dutta, CVC network solutions executive.
“I’ve had customers that have used CVC services in their business.
They have been very satisfied,” he told RTE.
“The customer service is always excellent.
They are always on top of the latest features.
There isn’t a gap between us and the competition.”
Vodafon has a range that’s very competitive, offering broadband plans at affordable rates.
“They are offering fast, reliable broadband and also the ability to access TV services.
We don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be our competitors,” said Rajesh Singh, CVP network solutions vice-president.
Aetel offers services for businesses with limited data plans, while Vodacom offers broadband plans for small businesses.
“It’s about the customer, what they need and what they can afford.
If you don and want to, you can choose a particular broadband plan.
It doesn’t matter if you have a family, a partner or a small business,” said Keshava Rao, COO and head, corporate network.”
They have all of the best services in the market.
We offer different options and it is not a matter of whether you can afford a better price or if you can’t afford a cheaper price,” he explained.ISPs like Airtela, CVCS and Voday offer customers a range in terms of speed, price and quality.
“There are a lot of different options, so customers can choose whichever is the right choice,” said Dutte.
But what about the price?
Airtelea is the company that offers the cheapest broadband plans, but says that the cost of the plan varies depending on the business.
“Our prices are competitive.
If we provide the lowest price that’s a good deal for us,” said Rahul Kulkarni, senior vice-President and head-of business operations, Airtelfa.”
However, if we are competing against other services, we offer a lower price and that is also a good thing,” he adds.
For more information, see the RTE’s list of the Top 25 broadband internet providers here.