BSNL to increase data capacity by up to two fold, 600 terrabyte

BSNL plans to ramp up its mobile broadband capacity by up to two-fold to 600 terrabyte in a month

By: PTI | Published:October 9, 2016 11:23 am
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Gearing up to compete with private players, state-owned telecom firm BSNL plans to ramp up its mobile broadband capacity by up to two-fold to 600 terrabyte in a month.

“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.

The loss-making state-run telecom firm did not participate in the spectrum auction and is making efforts to monetise its existing mobile airwaves. Shrivastava said 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.

“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,” Shrivastava said.

He said that average data download per customer under the plan has been around 2.2 GB which means 66 GB per customer in a month. This corresponds to storing of around 100 Bollywood movies in a month in medium resolution on smartphones. 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.

New entrant Reliance Jio is offering unlimited 4G data free till the end of this year. 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.

Shrivastava said that BSNL is ready to compete with any telecom operator in the market. “…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,” Shrivastava said.

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    Shekhar
    Oct 9, 2016 at 3:39 pm
    20 TB a day for BSNL(a nationwide operator), It's too less. This is how they are planning to compete with private players. Jio might be touching more than BSNL's monthly estimate in a single day. They are not even the players in cellular network, and BSNL also does not want to become one.
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      J
      Oct 9, 2016 at 5:17 pm
      You are mistaken it is not monthly traffic per day traffic
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        Mirage
        Oct 9, 2016 at 5:11 pm
        i think u are mistaken, by capacity they may bean 600tb byte transfer speed.
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          Dr. SP
          Oct 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm
          BSNL has no customer culture treating them with threats and contempt. However well equipped they are in technology, interface with customers is pathetic besides the Maran like issues that may cripple them in any non BJP regime. While most SPs will come to U for giving facilities, BSNL AGM/ SDO will expect U to visit him and still take 25 days to connect a new WiFi-15 days if he is kind to U. Bill making will be non negotiable and maintenance miserable. On your protest on billing U'll be threatened with coercive recovery thru the Collector. No wonder they too will be finished like the MTNL is.
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            Dr sp
            Oct 9, 2016 at 12:20 pm
            bsnl will never be able to compete others because of the corrupt atude of the employees
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              Balkar Singh
              Oct 9, 2016 at 12:12 pm
              I can only describe the pathetic condition of bsnl services at Beas... Very important place midway between Amritsar and Jalandhar.. lt;br/gt;All the companies provide 3g, reliance jio and airtel even provide 4g services... But bsnl has, I think only one tower at Rayya, and thinks we are providing 3g services at Beas.. I requested bsnl at Rayya... They inquired from Amritsar that 3g services are there at Beas. But we customers know whether these services are there or not? lt;br/gt;From the last many years I have been thinking to switch from aircel to bsnl for 3g prepaid services.... I think future too looks dark... As bsnl are providing 3g services but customers are not getting it.... Hope my comments have some effect on their thinking.. In thoughts they are good 3g service providers at Beas!!!!!
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                Elias
                Oct 9, 2016 at 2:47 pm
                I use a MTnl Bb but it is so slow and freeguent inturruptons
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                  VD
                  Oct 9, 2016 at 11:20 pm
                  There r some very dedicated field officers in the BSNL but ITS officers of DoT are ruining it through their bureaucratic style of functioning. BSNL should utilize its FTTH network to provide trouble free and quality voice service and High Speed data services to its decade old customers. My suggestion to BSNL is that it should provide all its existing customers a minimum BB speed of 4 MBPS as leader in the Telecom Sector. Promote FTTH technology. BSNL has still with it a huge customer base in order to retain it must get its act together. BSNL should hire more professionals then "careerist " ITS officers.
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                    VD
                    Oct 9, 2016 at 11:26 am
                    BSNL had very good plans and latest technology in place. But local BSNL units execution is pathetic. I applied for Experience Unlimited ULD BB249 plan but Jabalpur BSNL has not provided the connection so far. Despite reminders nothing has been done so far.
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                      Jay
                      Oct 9, 2016 at 9:19 am
                      I was having the same problem but they installed a new lines and gave me the connection.
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                        hanumantha reddy
                        Oct 9, 2016 at 11:11 am
                        Very nice day to get in contact
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                          Anand Ch
                          Oct 10, 2016 at 1:15 am
                          Old giant struggles a lot but finds difficult to maintain standards.
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                            Prasenjit Pandit
                            Oct 9, 2016 at 6:50 am
                            I don't think BSNL actually wants new customers. It is just to hold the existing customers. I know several of my friends who wants a BSNL broadband connection but unable to get it. Only they are getting simple excuses like no port, no feasibility etc. Even I myself not got connection because my home is hardly 150 m far from the last pole. Tried in and out but failed. Even no proper place to file a complaint against this. Don't know whether this is central excuse or regional...
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                              Anonymous
                              Oct 9, 2016 at 9:20 am
                              Mr Vasudevan Venugopallt;br/gt; I must update you about the social responsibility of providing telecom services in rural and far flung areas which only BSNL is fulfilling and there has been no support/very negligible support from USO FUND that govt provides to give services in those loss making areas..more over BSNL is meeting out all the opex as well as capex requirements from its revenue only and not even a single penny is provided or supported by d govt .stead BSNL is never given a level playing field may it be d 3g auction where BSNL had to pay d govt exchequer more than 12000 crores without being allowed to bid and decide the states BSNL wants the 3g spectrum for..u might have forgot d time when one was paying rs 15 for incoming calls and only its after BSNL entered into d mobile services that this loot by private operators had stopped..So i would request you to stop worrying about govt supporting BSNL out of your tax money (if you are in tax bracket) and enjoy many development works undertaken by govt out of d money paid in taxes either by BSNL or d BSNL employees..
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                                rajesh tiwari
                                Oct 10, 2016 at 9:19 am
                                great move....bsnl improved a lot.....and is better than private operators in many aspects.
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                                  SRINIVASAN
                                  Oct 9, 2016 at 2:38 pm
                                  Top to bottom BSNL is working for handing over everything to private players. This started from Maran's period. There is a systematic destruction of this public sector unit. ured job with regular promotion and revision wages and pension will make anyone lazy and corrupt. BSNL is no exception.
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                                    B
                                    Oct 9, 2016 at 5:08 pm
                                    BSNL could be a capable player, except that typical of a government organization, they react too late, foresee almost nothing, and are structured for failing.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This hogwash of 300GB for 249 rupees is based on some bizarre calculation that the user will be online at full download speed 24 hours a day for a w month. What this really means is that it takes a month to download 300 GB, which is slower than an earthworm in today's world.
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                                      Vasudevan Venugopal
                                      Oct 9, 2016 at 7:49 am
                                      If past is of any indication, BSNL's promises ring hollow. Whether they successfully compete with private telecom operators or not, as a public sector telecom company, they can afford to make loss of thousands of crores of public money every year. At the end of the day they will get their ries and the jobs are protected!! Is it not wonderful.
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