Exclusive: BSNL Karnataka to Slash 3G Data Charges for Postpaid Mobile Customers

In a special gesture towards postpaid mobile customers of Karnataka circle, BSNL has decided to slash 3G data usage charges drastically. BSNL postpaid customers are charged 1p/10 KB (~Rs. 1000/GB) all over India. Starting 15th February 2014, BSNL Karnataka customers will be charged 4p/100 KB (~Rs. 400/GB).

BSNL New Postpaid Data PlansSimilar changes are announced for data STVs in postpaid, where the charges beyond free usage will be revised effective same date. Revisions to take effect are:

  1. “2paisa/100KB” (translates to ~Rs. 200/GB) from present rate of “1paisa/10KB” (translates to ~Rs. 1000/GB) for Postpaid Data Plan 666 (7 GB Free Data)
  2. “1paisa/100KB”(translates to ~Rs 100 per GB) from present rate of “1paisa/10KB” (translates to ~Rs 1000 per GB) for Postpaid Data Plan 901 (10 GB Free Data) and Plan 1711 (20 GB Free Data)

This is certainly a welcome move and will certainly encourage customers to use more data! Hope such tariff reductions are effected for prepaid customers too! As of today prepaid customers are charged 2p/10 KB for volume based usage and also for usage beyond free limits offered by different STVs.

With this it appears that BSNL is moving from a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) to Fair Pricing Policy (FPP). One can expect these tariff changes to be effected PAN India in the coming days. If same changes are effected PAN India or in prepaid segment, it can certainly trigger a data pricing war. What do you, the readers feel about this move by BSNL?

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  • Jebin CT June 2, 2014 9:14 am

    Is there 2g plans available now for bsnl

  • subham February 9, 2014 5:50 am

    Use bsnllive apn for lower base charge,only 25p/1000kb.

  • idea88 February 8, 2014 8:22 pm

    demand same for Mumbai 1800mhz today. I think they join the hands with small operators.

  • idea88 February 8, 2014 8:19 pm

    @saurabh, ss . demand increased for Delhi in 900mhz except mum and kolkatta

  • idea88 February 8, 2014 7:10 pm

    @saurabh why no results of 6th day auction. auction when will close in mumbai?

    • SS February 8, 2014 7:51 pm

      Sometimes, it gets uploaded @ 9:00 pm

  • vsk February 8, 2014 5:48 pm

    If there is any possibility of aircel resumes its service in those 5 circles ..? Because I am from kerala ..aircel wasting its 2 g and 3 g spectrum here .

    • Khaleel February 10, 2014 9:52 am

      I dumped their SIM card.

  • Sam from Kashmir February 8, 2014 4:59 pm

    Aircel gives good and only cheapest plan…. 67/ GB for 7 days it means 268/ 4 GB Month…..

    67 X 4= 268……

  • idea88 February 8, 2014 1:46 pm

    @saurabh, esmil, ss, kaushik roy Aircel Mumbai pack revised. PI-28 200 MB J UST FOR 5 DAYS, PI-36 UNLIMITED FR 7 DAYS, 98-750MB FOR 21 DAYS. ALL DATA/DAYS REDUCED NOW. Spectrum Effect???????

    • Saurabh February 8, 2014 3:46 pm

      @idea88,

      Maybe Aircel Pocket Internet data is reduced in packs now in Mumbai but in other circles it was reduced a month ago. Its not the spectrum effect actually as Aircel is not bidding for too many circles. They are spending low amount for top-up spectrum in some circle. It is actually the high operational cost that is factoring in now. Aircel closed down operations in 5 circles due to high cost of operations and lesser revenues and my circle i.e Haryana is one of them where Aircel closed its operations. They don’t want to repeat this in other circles as cheaper tariffs are resulting in low revenues which can sink the company.

      Some may not agree but cheaper offerings i.e tariffs beyond a limit on lower edge only kills the telecom company as there is huge input cost required to run operations. So for survival, an operator cant continue dirt cheap pricing. Offers are good to attract customers but not good for telecom business if it continues for a longer period. Tata Docomo did the same in starting and after 3-4 years, they tasted the bitter realities of telecom sector where risk to reward ratio kept on increasing. It is easy to attract customers but tough to keep them and business running.

      A customer might think that low tariffs = more customers = more revenues but it holds no truth in terms of business economics if investment cost is too high and there are certain reasons which was already discussed here many a times.

      • SS February 8, 2014 7:49 pm

        @saurabh
        absolutely correct! However you cannot blame low tariffs for downfall of tata docomo. Mismanagement ruined the company. They first offered dirt cheap tariffs first and altogether, they hiked tariffs to avoid group level which resulted in loss of subscribers. Also, poor QoS, poor coverage, stupid internet policies added fuel to the fire. Aircel didn’t want the same to happen with it as they already faced consequences in some circles.

        There are probabilities of vodafone buying out tata docomo to become india’s no. 1 operator. Vodafone considers india, new zealand, australia, middle east profitable markets as profits in european markets are diminishing for the company.

        • Saurabh February 8, 2014 8:37 pm

          @SS, bro I’m not blaming lower tariffs for downfall of companies but telling that it is one of the factors. I know that Tata has management issues too and they are never ever serious when it comes to telecom. The CDMA downfall had hit the company’s morale to a level where they failed with GSM too and didn’t gave it a serious look also. They remained confused between which should be promoted and lost both. But everything is not lost for them. Tata have the option to exit and Cyrus Mistry stance tells the same. He is also not interested in telecom.

          Neither Ratan Tata nor Cyrus Mistry has the vision which Sunil Mittal has, as team led by him taken Airtel to No.1 position in India and we can’t deny this fact that. Even after being a costlier one for customers, Airtel ruling the market with innovations.

          4-5 operators in India like Airtel, Idea, Hutch (now Vodafone), BSNL (to some extent) and Reliance made a strong base as they had started earlier than those entered in 2008. Aircel, Tata, Videocon, Uninor all are struggling. Aircel used to be a regional operator with strong hold in South and some C category circles and did well there. But they entered B category circles in 2008 when other 4-5 had a base and what happened, they failed. Tata even after being a dual technology operators never reaches 100 mn mark and current base is 1/3 of Airtel. So this tells you early start by others and their dedication made way for them to rule the market. Today AVoId is ruling because of their seriousness which others are lacking. Others try and then sit idle for sometime.

  • subham February 8, 2014 9:13 am

    hope bsnl will provide this rate in all the circles soon,and for prepaid too. :-D

  • vsk February 8, 2014 9:00 am

    Am using Bsnl 3g in kerala ..affordable and good ..I get speed up to 3.2 Mbps download very happy..

  • Pramod February 8, 2014 3:29 am

    BSNL Karnataka ki Jai Ho. Salute to BSNL Karnataka team. BSNL Maharashtra, are you jerks listening or sleeping like always?

    1p/100kb (= Rs.100/gb) should be the base/standard tariff across all BSNL/MTNL circles. I had heard from inside sources that Rjio is planning to offer this pricing.

  • raj February 8, 2014 1:03 am

    100/GB is affordable in the current scenario.Good job bsnl!!!

    I hope that reliance jio will provide 1GB/Rs35.I’m not expecting NO-FUP plans from jio.

    • linto February 8, 2014 5:15 pm

      lol! in your dreams…