BSNL Plans Free Voice, Cheaper Package Than Reliance Jio

After popularity of Reliance Jio, BSNL is coming around us with its new plans and services for data as well as voice calling. BSNL will offer free voice calls to its users, to include 2G and 3G users as well. BSNL to introduce zero-voice-tariff plans from January at Rs 2-4 cheaper than Jio’s offering. The BSNL plans is to be offered to BSNL mobile customers who also have broadband connection at home.


BSNL Plans Free Voice, Cheaper Package

BSNL will be the first telecom provider who will cut tariffs to better Reliance Jio ‘s offer. A top official said on Sep 21, 2016 setting the stage for a price war in the country’s crowded mobile telecom market.

As we know that Reliance Jio offering free voice calling as well as unlimited data. The public sector player is planning to follow Jio in offering free voice calling on its network. The plans that will be cheaper than the newcomer. And unlike Jio’s offer that is available for only 4G subscribers, the BSNL plan will be open to 2G and 3G users. Which constitute the majority of mobile customers.

BSNL Chairmain and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told “We are closely observing the market as well as Jio’s performance. We will also come up with lifetime free-voice plans from the new year as part of fresh offerings,” We plan to be even lower than the Jio plan, and this could be by Rs 2-4.”

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BSNL Zero Voice Tariff

BSNL will announce the zero-voice-tariff plans from January and these would be lower than the Rs 149 entry price of Jio. The loss-making PSU is, however, absent in key markets such as Mumbai and Delhi (serviced by MTNL).

However, the free-voice facility will also be available when a subscriber would use it outside the residence.

BSNL’s offer may put further pressure on operators such as Airtel+ , Vodafone and Idea to slash tariffs, said experts. Prashant Singhal, partner at Ernst & Young, said the BSNL offer will impact other telecom companies. “Others will also have to follow suit. But this can be a risk for BSNL and its ARPU can be hit.”

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BSNL is gearing up to launch 4G in 14 telecom circles including Kolkata and Gujrat

State-owned BSNL is gearing up to launch 4G services in 14 telecom circles. Where it has 20 MHz liberalised broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum.

The company, which has already soft launched 4G services in Chandigarh, is exploring two methods — revenue sharing model and capex model — for the 4G rollout. The company has 20 MHz liberalised spectrum in 2,500 MHz band which allows it to rollout 4G services without any licensing hurdles.

A senior official said BSNL will be installing 4G base tower stations (BTS) in the existing GSM sites, which means there will be no additional expenditure on towers.

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Regarding the device ecosystem for 2,500 MHz band, the official said sufficient number of 4G handsets makers like Apple, Motorola, Lenovo, Google, Nokia are already available in the market.

In January, the company demonstrated speed of 35 Mbps during the soft launch in Chandigarh. BSNL will be the latest entrant in the 4G space, which has seen in action recently with the top mobile operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular commencing services in various circles.



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