When the world was boasting over the internet, Reliance Jio came in to change the story for the Indians. Jio reformed the high-cost data plans provided by other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and offered free plans which are now low-cost plans for the citizens. If we were thinking that Jio offers the cheapest of data services, here is a company named Wifi Dabba offering more cheaper services for Bengalureans.
Think of getting a 100 MB data for a mere ₹2, Isn’t that cheaper as you wanted?
Funded by Y Combinator, the 13-month old start-up is already getting the eyes it needs.
Without any app, the founders have gone in a conventional way to provide their services. They made use of the nearby bakeries and tea stalls in Bengaluru to provide prepaid tokens to the users who are in need of data.
Although the prices look cheaper in comparison to the giant telecom operators in the market, what is the assurance for the high-speed data? The founders have an answer for that too.
The bandwidth is provided with the help of fibre optic cables which help in a steady speed connection instead of depending on airwaves. The speed of connection drops only when you move away from the router or Dabba (as the founders call it).
In fact, Shubhendu Sharma, Co-Founder of Wifi Dabba says,
We provide a speed of 50 Mbps in a radius of 100-200 metres… While the cost of maintaining fibre is high and it also requires local modifications; the quality of service and reliability provided by a cable is any day better than airwaves.
PLANS AND GROWING DEMAND
WIFI DABBA PLANS
Currently, Wifi Dabba has 3 plans. The base plan is for 100 MB data that costs ₹2. They also provide 500 MB and 1 GB data at ₹10 and ₹20 respectively. The validity of the plans is 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Reliance Jio provides 150 MB data for ₹19 for a validity of 24 hours. Jio’s 1.05 GB plan with a validity of 7 days costs ₹52 which is still ₹32 more expensive than Wifi Dabba’s 1GB plan.
Wifi Dabba partnering with the local cable operators have already installed 350 ‘dabbas’ in Bengaluru with another 1800 connection requests in the queue.
At the moment, the company takes 6-7 days to set up a new connection once a request is placed. However, they have also promised to reduce this duration further to 3-4 days.
With an ultra-focus on Bengaluru for the moment, Wifi Dabba plans to install lakhs of dabbas in the city and roll out the cheapest plans for their users. Covering the entire nation, of course, is also on their strategy layout as well.
As Sharma says,
Instead of installing big towers like big telecom companies do, we are going to put lakhs of these small wifi dabbas across the city to develop a huge network which would cover the entire city of Bangalore.
Being just a year old, Wifi Dabba is already the talk of Bengaluru. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they are singled out as the best ISP in 3-4 years given they provide the top-notch data services like now for the cheapest price.