To counter threat from Reliance Jio, state-run telecom firm BSNL today slashed 3G mobile internet rates by about three-fourths, bringing down the cost of per GB data to as low as Rs 36 under a special pack. Also Read - Jio Freedom Plans 2021: Jio launches 5 new prepaid plans with no daily data limit - check detailsAlso Read - How to recharge your Jio number via WhatsApp
“Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to offer up to four times extra data on existing data STVs (special tariff vouchers) available in the market,” BSNL said in a statement. Also Read - 5G JioPhone launch could be around Diwali this year, price to be around Rs 3,500
Under Rs 291 plan, a customer will get four times more data at 8GB with a validity of 28 days against 2 GB earlier. The Rs 78 plan will offer double data at 2 GB.
“With these offers BSNL is now offering data at the rate of Rs 36 per GB which is one of the lowest in the Industry,” BSNL said. ALSO READ: BSNL to launch 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Kerala to counter 4G challenges
Reliance Jio is offering free 4G service till March 31, 2017, under which its all mobile customers are getting 1GB of 4G mobile broadband everyday and after consumption of 1GB, the speed gets reduced.
Other private operators have brought down the cost of per GB data to as low as Rs 50.
“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,” BSNL Board Director for Consumer Mobility RK Mittal said.
Jio has become largest broadband service provider in the country within three months of its commercial launch. It has 52.23 million broadband customers.
BSNL continues to dominate broadband market in fixed line services segment with 9.95 million customers and ranks fifth in mobile broadband space with 20.39 million subscribers.