Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the largest telecom service provider in the public sector, is aiming to get 11 percent market share in the next 12 months. This is what telecom minister Manoj Singh said. The company has also tied up with the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF). Under this, the company will install 25 thousand Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas, which will cost Rs 942 crores. The project cost of 942 crores includes operating expenses for three years.
After BSNL signed a contract with the USOF for the WiFi service, Sinha said in a program that this time the market share has increased by 0.3 percent. Next time it will not be less than 10 percent. We expect 10.5 percent market share, which can cross 11 percent. We will do everything possible for the good of BSNL.
Last year, the market share of BSNL was 9.05 percent, which increased to 9.35 percent. BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava says that all Wi-Fi hotspots will be working in four to six months. He also said that the WiFi service will not be completely free.
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BSNL is considering reducing the tariff of its home broadband, so that the competitor can compete against Reliance Jio’s Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service. It is believed that this service of Geo will be free for the first three months. BSNL Chairman Anupam Srivastava said that if need be, we will change our fixed broadband tariff plan.
At present, BSNL is at the top position in the broadband market with around 10 million users. This is followed by Bharti Airtel, which has 19 lakh, 50 thousand users. This data was found on the basis of data of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on March 31. Srivastava said that we have the largest optic fiber based network with 700,000 km of cable across India. He said that without compromising the quality of service, BSNL is able to increase its subscriber base multiplied.
BSNL primarily provides unlimited plans for its FTTH subscribers. Whereas its tariff starts from Rs 799, which gives 10 GB data with 4 megabytes per second (Mbps). With its speed of 8 Mbps in its portfolio, 60 GB data plan is available for Rs 1,449. It provides a high-end ‘unlimited’ FTHH plan for Rs 2,641, which allows consumers to get 175 GB data at the speed of 8 Mbps, which runs with the speed of 1 Mbps after the allotted quota.
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-owned Geo started wireless services of fourth generation (4G) in September 2016. Initially, the company gave customers the option of free calling and calling. Now for fiber-based wired broadband service, they are going to present plans at a very low cost, which has been named JIO fiber.
It is believed that JIO fiber can start its own plan around Diwali, which will start from Rs 500 per month and can be given 100 GB data.