No service or industry can survive without tariff revisions – most of the times upward. The tariff wars which was a part of telecom sector for past few years, thanks to new entrants, seems to be going away. In the year 2014, we have seen a majority of telecom operators hike tariffs for their services. Today we make an attempt to enlist tariff hikes which caused major impact to consumers in the form of a table here:
|BSNL to Revise Monthly Charges for ‘General’ Urban and ‘One India’ Landline Customers||Rentals increased for once famous ‘One India’ Plan and General Plans by Rs. 15|
|BSNL Hikes Broadband Tariff in 7 Limited Usage Pan-India Plans||The monthly rentals increased between Rs.24 and Rs.350 depending on the tariff plans.|
|Exclusive : BSNL to Hike Broadband Modem Rentals from 1 April (Basic and WiFi)||Hikes of Rs. 20 to Rs. 30 were announced|
|BSNL Hikes Tariffs of Select Broadband Unlimited Plans||BB Home Combo plan and Rural Combo plans revised|
|BSNL to Increase Landline/CDMA (Fixed) Rentals, Reduce Freebies for Rural ‘General’ Customers||Rentals were hiked by a marginal amount of Rs. 10 per month and free calls (off-net) reduced by 10 units/month.|
|BSNL to Increase Landline Rentals for Tamilnadu Specific Plans, Regularize Discounts for Serving/Retired Govt. Employees||Range of 10 – 16%|
|Exclusive: BSNL to Reduce Freebies, Validities for Prepaid Mobile Customers Starting 26 May||Several drastic revisions were made including popular STVs.
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|Exclusive: BSNL to Reduce Pulse Duration of Calls from BSNL Landline/WLL (Fixed)/CDMA (Fixed) by 33%||1. Maximum impact on customers calling BSNL numbers (landline and non-10 digit WLL) with revision of 33% – earlier 180 seconds to 120 seconds
2. For calls to BSNL Mobile and 10-digit WLL number plus other networks’ landline/WLL (non-10 digit numbers) the revision is 25% – earlier 120 seconds to 90 seconds
|BSNL to Increase On-Net Free Calls from Fixed Phones, provide new STVs to Prepaid Mobile Users||1. Off-net calls went away
2. 1 GB data STV for Rs. 155
3. Local calling STV revised – Rs. 1.4p/2 seconds at Rs. 122 for 90 days
|End of a Golden Era: BSNL to do Away with Night Unlimited Broadband Plans?||BSNL’s ultra popular night unlimited download goes away; customers to pay less during night time when compared to day|
|BSNL to Increase Postpaid Data Tariffs, Introduce Data and Social Add-on Packs for Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter||Postpaid data tariffs increased, exclusive social packs launched|
|BSNL to charge for “Missed Call Alerts” starting July 1st||A free service earlier to be charged at Rs. 30 per month|
|Airtel Revises it’s Tariff in Delhi & Mumbai||An increase of 33% reported|
|Is it time to Switch from Airtel Broadband? Rentals to increase by up to 40%||Steep increase of up to 40% for entry level plans|
|Airtel Drastically Reduces Validity of 2G Data Pack, Revises Rate Cutter Benefits with Tariff Hikes||Validities reduced by up to a week, rate cutter costs increased plus the tariff benefits under rate cutters revised|
|Airtel Increases 2G Data Prices by 29%, Reduces Benefits||Entry level packs tariffs increased by 29%, validity reduction|
|Vodafone||Vodafone IN Hikes it’s Pay as you Go Internet rates to 4p/10KB||Pay as you go Internet rates doubled|
|Tata Docomo||Tata Docomo Revised CDMA Data Plans for Prepaid Mobile Users|
|MTS India||MTS Withdraws Night (True) Unlimited MBlaze Rev A Plans||Truly unlimited plans withdrawn|
BSNL in a bid to turn around has been aggressively revising tariffs across segments – landline, broadband and mobile telephony. BSNL has been reporting losses for few years now. For private operators, the tariff hikes were triggered by spectrum costs and is also a bid to protect the bottom line.
Did we miss any important tariff revision? Do let us know through comments with details about operator and circle.
Note: The above table is essentially a compiled list of information we published and does not include every hike which happened in 2014.