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Excitel giving free access to Zee5 Premium, Eros Now to compete better with Jio Fiber, Airtel Xtream

Yasmin Ahmed     March 8, 2021

Excitel broadband has now joined the likes of JioFIber and Airtel XStream to give its users streaming benefits at no additional cost along with broadband plans. The telcos offer broadband plans along with streaming benefits starting from Rs 499. Excitel on Monday announced that it will give users access to multiple over-the-top (OTT) platforms namely ZEE5, Voot, Eros, Shemaroo at no added cost. The subscriptions are complimentary with Excitel's 300 Mbps, 3months plan which currently comes for Rs 752 per month and Rs 2256 for three months. The plan is available in all Excitel servicing cities.

Vivek Raina, CEO and Co-Founder, Excitel said, "About 49 per cent of the youth in India spends two to three hours daily on OTT platforms. This surge in content consumption is pegging the Indian OTT base to triple this year. Being crowned the preferred go-to streaming partner of India, we at Excitel, are happy to partner with leading OTT players to cater to the binge-watching needs of the youth in the country. The bundle pack enables users to consume top of the line OTT content with our 300Mbps package at no extra cost and zero buffering."

A Zee5 India spokesperson said, "Through this partnership, we aim to expand our reach by tapping into Excitel's extensive consumer base to further bolster our presence across the country. We are certain that our seamless content viewing experience combined with our fresh, purposeful, and bespoke premium content will engage millions of entertainment-loving audiences, enriching their video streaming experience even further."

Excitel noted that it witnessed a growth of around 55 per cent and expanded its user base to 5,00,000 in the year 2020. Currently operational in 19 cities including Delhi NCR, Jaipur, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Excitel Broadband is also working towards expanding in over 50 more cities by the end of 2021.

Excitel notes that it maintains the same speed throughout the month with seamless downloads and uploads, no data limit, and hassle-free installation. For three months' validity, the ISP gives 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps and 300 Mbps speed at Rs 565, Rs 638 and Rs 752 per month which cost Rs 1695, Rs 1914 and Rs 2256 for three months respectively.

For six months' validity or a semi-annual plan, Excitel offers unlimited data with 100 Mbps speed and 300 Mbps speed at Rs 2940 and Rs 3600 for six months respectively. Per month the charges come out to be Rs 490, Rs 545 and Rs 600 respectively. For one-year validity, Excitel offers unlimited data with 100 Mbps speed and 300 Mbps speed at Rs 399 a month which comes to Rs 4788 for a year and Rs 499 a month which comes to Rs 5988 a year respectively.

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