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Difference between AirFiber vs. Traditional Fiber: Pros and Cons 

Traditional fiber internet is quite popular. You have an external wire running through your walls, connected to a router, and providing you with an internet connection. But what about those who wish to get themselves a wireless broadband connection, minus the inconvenience that a wired connection brings?

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Airtel has recently launched the AirFiber, which is a wireless broadband connection. Despite being wireless, it provides 5G internet speeds to your connected devices.

Not sure which is the right choice for you? Caught between a traditional fiber connection and Airtel AirFiber? Here’s taking a deeper dive into their differences.

Functional difference between AirFiber and a traditional fiber connection

Here’s how the two differ in their basic features and functionalities:

Basic features of Airtel Xstream traditional fiber connection:

  • You can enjoy office-like internet, with internet speeds going up to 1 Gbps (based on your plan)
  • Multiple Wi-Fi plans, across various budgets
  • Free OTT subscriptions 
  • Wi-Fi calling 
  • A fixed broadband line which also doubles up as your landline connection
  • 24×7 customer support for any issues
  • Proactive network monitoring and auto-troubleshooting routers so that you never face any inconvenience
  • 0 network downtimes
  • Free router with long-term Airtel Xstream Fiber plans

Basic features of Airtel AirFiber

  • A completely wireless router
  • Easy installation
  • Download speeds as good as Xstream Fiber connection
  • Your home Wi-Fi network that connects multiple devices
  • Operates using Airtel’s 5G network

Now that you have understood how each of these works, let us look at the pros and cons of these devices. 

Read more: Key elements to consider while picking a Wi-Fi router for home

Pros and Cons of Airtel Xstream Fiber (traditional fiber connection)


  • Office-like internet experience – always wanted that blazing-fast internet at home? Now you can get it with Airtel Xstream Fiber
  • Get dual-band Wi-Fi routers for free – dual-band routers ensure faster speeds and more efficient use of your internet for a better browsing experience
  • Reliable – you can always rely on your internet connection
  • Broadband connection also works as a landline network – a single connection can help you manage both


  • Fiber network may not reach all places, such as far-off rural areas
  • Wired routers need to be connected all around your house
  • For those living in areas with bad weather conditions, fiber connections can prove to be problematic

Read more: What is a dual-band Wi-Fi router and its types?

Pros and Cons of Airtel AirFiber


  • Completely wireless device – So that you won’t face any inconvenience 
  • Provides Airtel 5G speeds – By connecting to your nearest Airtel 5G tower
  • Seamless connectivity – Connect all your devices to Wi-Fi easily
  • Works on the basis of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) technology
  • Fast and reliable internet for your needs – A reliable home internet connection so that
  • Easy and quick installation – Airtel experts will come to your residence and help you with the complete steps


  • May not work well if you do not have 5G connectivity in your neighbourhood
  • Only available in Mumbai and Delhi as of now

Which is the best Wi-Fi connection for me?

Both Airtel AirFiber and Airtel Xstream Fiber offer different set of advantages for various people. If you are an extreme gamer and wish to enjoy reliable internet speeds all day long, then the Airtel Xstream Fiber connection is the better choice for you. This is because broadband fiber connections are more reliable. Fiber connections are also more reliable for in-office settings.

However, if you are not a gamer, and wish to get a Wi-Fi connection for your home so that your family can browse the web, scroll social media feeds, watch videos and more. 

It all comes down to how you wish to use your broadband connection. The additional benefits may or may not attract you towards a type of Wi-Fi as well. You will get a free subscription to OTT platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Airtel Xstream Premium and Netflix with the Airtel Xstream Fiber plans. You won’t get it with Airtel AirFiber.

Read more: How to claim Amazon Prime with Airtel – complete guide

Plan Price in ₹ Speed &OTT benefits with the plan
Entertainment 999 200 Mbps, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Airtel Xstream Premium
Professional 1498 300 Mbps, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Airtel Xstream Premium, Netflix Basic
Infinity 3999 1 Gbps, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Airtel Xstream Premium, Netflix Premium

Choose the plan that seems best to you. You can select either of these services and be assured that you will have a world-class experience. Buy your next Wi-Fi connection using the Airtel Thanks app!