State-run telco Bhartiya Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has been turning up the heat in the telecom market with new plans and upgradations. Recently, the telco launched Rs. 118 prepaid plan that offers 1 GB and unlimited voice calling for 28 days. This move was reported to be a subtle attempt on Reliance Jio’s Rs. 98 pack. And now, the company has upgraded the FUP limit of its Rs. 4,999 Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) plan to 1500GB, making it even tougher for Jio fiber and other broadband operators. This new upgraded plan is effective in Chennai.
BSNL Rs. 4,999 FTTH Plan: Know the Details
This FTTH plan comes with a 100Mbps speed. And, once the subscriber hits the FUP limit, the speed will be reduced to 2Mbps, which is enough for browsing social media and streaming videos without buffering. Besides the FUP limit update and unlimited internet, subscribers will have the added benefit of access to one free email ID. This email ID comes with a 5MB of free space. The company will also provide the subscribers with a free static IP address. Furthermore, the FTTH plan also offers free calls within BSNL network. Also, no additional charges will be applied to the calls made within BSNL network if the user exhausts the free calling quota. BSNL also has five other FTTH plans ranging from Rs 999 to Rs Rs 2999. The subscribers who are using any of this BSNL FTTH plans can upgrade their plan to the Rs. 4,999 plan by calling the BSNL helpline or reaching out to the nearest customer care center.
BSNL Also Revises Other FTTH Plans
According to the reports, besides the Rs. 4,999 plan, BSNL has also revised its other FTTH plans with higher FUP limit and better speeds. With the new updates in effect, the Rs. 999 FTTH plan is now offering a FUP limit of 250 GB at a speed of 60Mbps. For the users subscribed to the plans for Rs. 1,299, Rs. 1,699, Rs. 1,999, Rs. 2,999 can avail up to a maximum 80Mbps of upload and download speeds. The Rs. 1,299 plan comes with a FUP limit of 400 GB, the Rs. 1,699 plan offers 550GB FUP, Rs. 1,999 plan has a FUP limit of 800 GB, and Rs. 2,999 plan offers a FUP limit of 900GB. Additionally, all these plans offer unlimited local and STD voice calling incentives within the network as well outside the network. Furthermore, BSNL is also offering free installation for a limited period of time.
BSNL vs Private Telcos
The state-run telco, BSNL has 100G optical transport network to deliver a superfast broadband experience in select circles. The company’s FTTH services are facing a stiff competition against ACT Fibernet, Spectra, and Cherrinet. The FTTH plans from BSNL are certainly on the steeper side because of the offerings delivered by these private telcos. Earlier this month, it was reported that Reliance Jio-owned Jio Fiber rolled out a package that came with an “initial plan” offering around 1.1TB of data limit to its users. This initial plan being offered by Jio Fiber reportedly includes 100GB of free data per month at a speed of 100Mbps. Once this FUP limit is met, the customers can avail 40GB of free data in the form of top-ups. These top-ups can be availed 25 times a month, effectively obtaining a data of 1,100GB, which is approximately 1.1TB of free data. FTTH services from Jio Fiber are currently under testing in select markets, including Mumbai, Chennai, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, and New Delhi among others. The commercial launch is set for later this year.
As per the reports on the latest quarterly results, the subscriber base of Jio hit 186.6 million in the first quarter of 2018, taking a massive leap from the 160.1 million subscriber base in the previous quarter. The company reportedly added as many as 26.5 million new subscribers at the beginning of the first quarter. BSNL also showed growth and managed to retain its 100 million subscriber base in the previous quarter. The current subscriber count for the telco is approximately 107 million. The new improved BSNL FTTH plans are expected to add to this count.