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Reliance JioGigaFiber effect: BSNL revises Rs 699 broadband plan to offer fives times more data

BSNL is taking on Reliance JioGigaFiber by offering faster data speeds and higher FUP limit.

  • Published: August 25, 2018 12:38 PM IST
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BSNL has been constantly competing with the likes of Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel in the wired and wireless broadband segment. With Reliance JioGigaFiber service expected to become commercially available later this year, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is again revising its broadband plan to retain its existing subscribers and better compete with the mainstream players.

The state-owned telecom operator is revising its Rs 699 broadband with updated data benefit. The plan, which is exclusive to its Chennai circle, will now offer a massive data benefit of 700GB, which is an increase of five times compared to the previous FUP limit. It is not only increasing the data benefit with this plan but also the speed. With its Rs 699 broadband plan, BSNL customers in Chennai will be able to experience 20Mbps data speeds, which is 2x increase from 10Mbps speed offered previously. In other circles, the telco is offering broadband plans priced at Rs 695 and Rs 799.

BSNL RS 699 broadband plan benefits

After the revision, BSNL broadband customers in Chennai will get the plan with a FUP of 700GB at a speed of 20Mbps. After the completion of FUP limit, BSNL users will be able to browse the internet at reduced speed of 2Mbps, which will be decent enough to stream YouTube videos and interact on social media. The same plan previously offered broadband speed of 10Mbps and the revised speed still sounds slow when compared to competitors like ACT Fibernet.

With Rs 699 broadband plan, BSNL also offers fixed-line voice calling service. The telco is offering unlimited voice calls to any network within India and it matches other plans from the service provider. BSNL is trying to react to the launch of Jio’s FTTH service, which is going to be next battleground for these telecom players.

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After Reliance Jio commenced registration for JioGigaFiber on August 15, all major broadband players increased data speeds and FUP limit on their existing plans. Major players like Bharti Airtel, ACT Fibernet and YOU Broadband announced discounts up to 20 percent on their annual rental plans. Jio is expected to commence operations with three months free preview offer where customers will get 100GB data every month at a speed of 100Mbps. After three months, it will introduce data top-up scheme and will be available based on popularity of a user location.

  • Published Date: August 25, 2018 12:38 PM IST