After offering 3G services, BSNL is now all set to launch IP-based next generation network 3G data service with minimum speeds of 14.2 Mbps and maximum up to 21 Mbps. This service will be made available to customers starting January 2011.
Recently, BSNL, India’s largest integrated service provider, marked a new era in the 3G world by growing its 3G mobile and data subscriber count to above 2 million. BSNL attained this milestone by its exceptional value added services and slashing the 3G tariff rates.
BSNL is said to be working with Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson India to provide new benefits such as 3G network optimization, bandwidth savings and reduced space and power requirements. At present, BSNL provides 3G mobile and Data service in 675 cities with speed up to 3.6 Mbps (somewhere even 7.2 Mbps).
BSNL 3G 14.4 Mbps speed is already live in Trivandrum (Kerala), and the 3G Speed Up-gradation work has begun in West Zone (Maharashtra-Goa-Gujarat and MP-CG), Chennai, and Rajasthan circle as well. The company has chosen Ahmedabad and Pune as pilot cities to implement and launch the 14.2 and 21 Mbps data speed in 3G network. BSNL has planed to complete the entire 3G network up-gradation work by March 31, 2011, in all telecom circles. Also see: BSNL unlimited 3G plan for Apple iPad
BSNL offers attractive postpaid tariff plans starting from Rs. 99/month. The revised plans are Plan-99, Plan-175, Plan-225, Plan-325, Plan-525, Plan-725 and Plan-1500. The Plan 1500 offers unlimited free B2B local, STD and roaming calls , lowest Local Off net calls as low as 20p, Off Net STD Calls as low as 30p, SMS and GPRS/3G tariff.
Customers opting for new connections of 2G and 3G will get 200 free SMS within LSA to be utilized within first two months @ 100 SMS per month. The 2G and 3G customers will have to pay Rs 100 for activation charge.
Free calls are allowed in Own Network from home LSA only. Customers can avail reduced call charges on two selected BSNL numbers. First option is Two Intra circle numbers and second option includes one Inter circle and one Intra circle number.
Telecom companies are competing hard by offering latest technology and services in 3G at most competitive prices. BSNL attracted 3G subscribers by incorporating advanced technology that assures high speed wireless 3G connectivity at 1p/10KB, Video Calling, Mobile TV, music and video downloading.