Now, BSNL Increases Minimum Broadband Speed To 4 Mbps, But Keeps FUP Speed Unchanged
As we had earlier reported1, the state-run telecom operator which is also the India’s leading wired broadband2 service provider, BSNL, has now doubled the minimum broadband speed to 4 Mbps from the current 2 Mbps. However, it has kept the FUP speed unchanged at 1 Mbps3. BSNL had last revised minimum broadband speed in 2015 when it increased it to 2 Mbps from 512 Kbps4. The speed for BSNL broadband subscribers will be increased to “a minimum of 4 Mbps initial download speed (before the FUP-Fair Usage Policy quota is reached),” announced BSNL in a press release.
This speed change is valid across the nation for existing and new subscribers effective 1 May 2017 but comes with an exception.
4 Mbps will be the initial download speed only for those broadband plans which have FMC (Fixed Monthly Charges) of Rs.
675 and above, reports ET5. Along with the boost in the initial download speed, BSNL is also increasing the FUP high-speed data limit by up to 250% of many plans. The revised high-speed data with the 20 GB plan will now be 70 GB, which translates to a hike by 250%. However, when we checked the BSNL portal6 we did not notice any such change in plans.
We are assuming that BSNL is still in the process of updating its website to reflect the new tariff plans. BSNL is offering some very attractive plans right now. Take for instance its starter plans for new subscribers, “Unlimited Broadband at Rs 2497“. This plan offers 300 GB broadband data at 2 Mbps till the daily data limit of 10 GB is reached. Post the exhaustion of daily limit, the subscribers will still get unlimited internet access at 1 Mbps. This plan also offers unlimited calls to any number in the country from 9 pm to 7 am.
“BSNL is the only operator that is offering cheapest 10 GB per day data download plan under Wireline Broadband services in the country,” announced BSNL at the launch of this plan.
The broadband market in India is witnessing major changes in minimum speeds and FUP limit, all thanks to Digital India Programme8 and lucrative data plans9 from Reliance Jio. ACT Fibernet had launched 1 Gbps broadband10 plan in Hyderabad offering 1 TB FUP at just Rs.
5,999 per month. Airtel started offering extra monthly data11 to its broadband subscribers, while BSNL is teaming up with cable operators12 for expanding its broadband footprint. Jio became the largest mobile broadband provider13 within 7 months of its launch forcing the incumbent telecom operators to revise their tariff plans or face tough times ahead.
Do let us know if you start getting 4 Mbps speed on your BSNL broadband having FMC of Rs.
675 and above.
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- ^ India’s leading wired broadband (telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com)
- ^ unchanged at 1 Mbps (trak.in)
- ^ 2 Mbps from 512 Kbps (trak.in)
- ^ reports ET (telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com)
- ^ BSNL portal (www.bsnl.in)
- ^ Unlimited Broadband at Rs 249 (www.dnaindia.com)
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