BSNL To Increase data capacity by up to twofold
BSNL is all set to stand tall in the competition from the private telecom companies namely JIO, Airtel and Vodafone etc. BSNL plans to ramp up its mobile broadband capacity by up to two-fold to 600 TB in a month confirmed the state owned telecom company.
BSNL currently working in loss did not participated in the spectrum auction recently held and is making serious efforts to convert its existing mobile airwaves into money.
“We are seeing enormous increase in usage of mobile data on our network. We will be increasing our data network
capacity to deliver high-speed 3G and other services. In South, we will double the capacity to 600 TB and in other zones, it will be up to 450 TB by November,” BSNL Chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava told PTI. He also stated that, ” The recently launched unlimited 3G scheme for Rs 1,099 is one of the key reasons for increase in demand for mobile data on BSNL network. The plan offers unlimited access to 3G without any speed restriction for a period of 30 days.”
Mr. Shrivastav also stated regarding the usage scenario,” In 2012, data usage on BSNL network was around 80 TB. After recent unlimited 3G Internet scheme we have seen sudden jump in data usage. In July it was around 279 TB which has now gone up to 353 TB.”
He also said that the average data download per customer under this plan is around 2.2 GB a day which translates into 66 GB per month. On the other hand, at a price of around Rs 1,100, private telecom operators data download limit is in the range of 7GB to 11 GB. This reckons a big difference between the data usage of BSNL users and other private telecom companies.
New entrant Reliance Jio which took the telecom market by storm is offering unlimited free 4G data till December 31st, 2016. From January 1, the company will offer unlimited 4G data at starting price of Rs 19 but the ‘unlimited’ 4G usage will remain valid during night hours.
On the fierce competition prevailing in the telecom market Mr. Shrivastav said,” we will match any tariff in the market. It will be as competitive as any of the players in the market. We are already offering 300 GB of data usage for Rs 249 per month on fixed broadband connection. It is valid for six months and no other operator has been able to match it.”
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