The move is believed to be a response to Reliance Jio’s free 4G service to its customers.
State-run telecom firm BSNL has slashed 3G mobile internet rates by about three-fourths, bringing down the cost of per GB data to as low as ₹36 under a special pack.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
Under ₹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 ₹36 per GB which is one of the lowest in the Industry,” BSNL said.
Reliance Jio is offering free 4G service till March 31, 2017, under which all mobile customers get 1 GB of 4G data per day and once the limit is crossed, the speed in reduced.
Other private operators have brought down the cost of per GB data to as low as ₹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 a pan-India basis,” BSNL board director for consumer mobility, R.K. Mittal, said.
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.
Courtesy: The Hindu