State-run telecom and broadband player Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced the launch of a new Bharat Fiber (FTTH) plan. According to folks over at Telecom Talk, the new FTTH plan is worth Rs 499 (without taxes) and is available across all the circles that BSNL operates in except for Andaman and Nicobar. The Rs 499 price tag of the device is part of a promotional offer and is valid only if users sign up for the service before March 31, 2020. The news comes just hours after we reported about BSNL launching VoLTE services in Coimbatore.
Let us now take a closer look at the benefits offered by this plan.
BSNL Bharat Fiber Rs 499 Broadband Plan Details
With the total cost of the plan — if availed during the promotional period — not exceeding Rs 600, the Bharat Fiber 499 plan is among the most affordable FTTH plans currently offered by BSNL. The plan seems to be targeted at moderate users who do not exceed more than 100GB of data transfer a month. It offers 100GB of data every month, and the download and upload speeds are capped to 20 Mbps (which is not bad at all).
Once you hit the FUP, the speeds reduce to just 2 Mbps — which in our opinion is still quite usable. If you happen to also have a BSNL wireline telephone connection, this plan also offers unlimited voice calling. As mentioned earlier, the current price of Rs 499 is part of a promotional offer, and the price will see an increase post-March 21, 2020.
You will be required to pay an additional 18% GST over the Rs 499 rental to avail this plan. The minimum hire period for this plan is one month, and it is also important to note that post the 100GB FUP, there is no cap on data transfer. Essentially, you can use this as a 2 Mbps unlimited plan once you hit the FUP. It remains unclear if BSNL offers other benefits like a subscription to OTT platforms with this plan.
BSNL Bharat Fiber Rs 499 Plan: Our take
The new Rs 499 plan from BSNL’s Bharat Fiber is a step in the right direction. It is encouraging to see BSNL push affordable plans to smaller towns and cities across India. While these plans might not seem attractive to people living in larger cities and towns, it is extremely useful for people from smaller towns where usually BSNL is the only available ISP.