BSNL Introduce New Year SMS STV for Blackout Day

As always, New Year and New Year’s eve are marked as ‘blackout day’ for every operator in the country. On these days, the service providers do not allow free or concessional voice calls/ SMS offered by them and users will have to pay premium rate for every SMS sent. This new year, BSNL has come up with a Special Tariff Voucher to be used during the black out days for its subscribers.


The New Year Festive Promotional SMS STV for Blackout Days offer 130 Local/STD SMS to any network on blackout days of Dec 31st and Jan 1st. The STV is priced between Rs 21-24 depending on circle and is available as promotional offer on PAN India basis.

STV (in Rs.) Details of STV Validity
Rs.21(+/-Rs.3) for KRL,KTK,AP &

North Zone Circles;

Rs.22 for TN, CHTD & East Zone


Rs.24 for West Zone Circles.

*Do check with customer care


130 SMS (Local/STD) any net on blackout day   2 days (i.e, 31/12/2015 and


Blackout days were introduced by TRAI to help operators deal with network congestion and heavy network traffic on festive days. This was back in the days when SMS was popular. Now most users have moved to WhatsApp and Facebook to send colorful New Year greetings. Even after operators SMS revenue took a down hill, they still continue the Blackout Days regime. This is a welcome move from BSNL to introduce black out day specific STV for its subscribers.

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December 28, 2015 6:36 pm 6:36 PM

Very Good initiative by BSNL. Really exiting, otherwise I had to spent much more.

bp singh
December 27, 2015 9:06 pm 9:06 PM

Dear writer,
Pls take clue from below point and add in your good article:
the smartphone penetration in India is merely 19.2 % as on today. The statistics shows mobile phone users in India is 78.93% that means still a large number of Indian population uses basis phones.

The Smartphone users are able to exchanges messages among them by using free messaging apps like Whatsapp, Facebook messenger etc but Basic Phone user have no option other than SMS services for sending messages.

Abishek Naagendra
December 27, 2015 9:30 pm 9:30 PM

And those sector of people will be benefitted by this sms pack…

December 27, 2015 1:19 pm 1:19 PM

All operators except BSNL allow discounted voice call on black out days.

Abishek Naagendra
December 27, 2015 5:04 pm 5:04 PM

Not here, in Chennai and RoTN… Base tariff on blackout days…

Manash Pati
December 27, 2015 4:48 pm 4:48 PM

All operators ???
In Odisha all operators charging call at base rate on blackout days…