It’s been long when Reliance Jio has launched its free services in India, but the Jio effect is still in the air. As one of the major telco BSNL has launched its new cheap data plan to its new and existing subscribers.
The state-run telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited today revealed a new data plan for Rs. 36, which will enable subscribers to use 1GB data, which seems to be the cheapest in its history.
With the new cheapest data plan, the telco has set a new benchmark in the section, as compared to the plan of 1GB for Rs. 50, which was earlier said to be cheapest. Commenting on the initiative, BSNL Board of Director, RK Mittal stated to Economic Times, “We are committed to providing affordable mobile services for all segments of the prepaid mobile customers. These offers will be valid from February 6, 2017, on Pan India basis.”
In addition, BSNL has announced its cheap unlimited calling plan which allows you to make free voice calling on any number around India just for Rs. 149. The plan has a validity of 30 days.
Commenting on the tariff, Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman of BSNL said, “Customers are coming forward to get our service which has helped our company to increase our market share by 1% since March 2015 even in these hyper-competitive telecom services market.”
Shrivastav further added that the unlimited voice calling plan of Rs. 149 will be available from January 24 and assured that the company will launch a new plan as well, before January 26. The plan is limited to new subscribers or the one who are porting to the network.
BSNL has also launched an attractive offer of free voice calling for three months at Rs. 439. However, the outgoing calls to others network will be limited to 30 minutes per day.
Earlier with a new tariff of Rs. 144 rupees, BSNL had planned to offer unlimited local and STD calls for one month from BSNL to any other network. The plan will be valid for six months and not only that, it will also come with a 300MB data on per month basis. The plan is applicable for both prepaid and postpaid customers.
Under the same franchise, two plans were rolled out at a tariff of Rs 99 and Rs 339. Plan 99 offers unlimited call from BSNL to BSNL with 300MB data, while the latter offers unlimited calling feature from BSNL to any other network with an allowance of 1GB data. However, Rs. 144 plan seems to have a cutting edge over the previous two plans.
Shrivastava has also expressed the aim of installing 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country by the end of 2017. He told the till now success story of BSNL on installing 4,400 successfully operating Wi-Fi hotspots.
He also highlighted the presence of similar hotspot near the Mahabalipuram area of Chennai and expressed their immediate strategy to expand the existing one. With this BSNL is planning to unveil the spectrum of LTE (Long Term Evolution) across the country but in a sequential manner. Seems like, BSNL is pulling its socks up to give a cut throat completion to its rivalry Reliance Jio.