Categories BSNL

What is BSNL Doing With Its Wired & Wireless Broadband Assets

Published by
Rudradeep Biswas

What is BSNL Doing With Its Wired & Wireless Broadband AssetsBroadband is getting into daily requirements for us. But we still define broadband as 512 kbps (thanks to TRAI, for updating the definition from 256kbps), while many countries offers more than 10 Mbps on wired connection on a basic plan.

India’s wired broadband market is dominated by state owned BSNL. With wide coverage area including rural areas BSNL turns to be the only choice of broadband in most areas.

In spite of BSNL’s huge broadband subscriber base, customers are not happy with BSNL. We are discussing the thing here.

ADSL Broadband

Wired broadband sector has almost zero competition from private players, except some metros. It has been more than 4 years No Speed Upgrade on plans we have seen. Last time BSNL upgraded its bandwidth to 2Mbps from 256kbps almost 4 years back.

That time BSNL really kicked out private players like Sify from the broadband market, but after 4 years private players upgrade their plans and they are now at the same league of BSNL. Even MTNL brings such exciting plans while BSNL is completely silent regarding broadband.Prepaid broadband tariffs are almost double of postpaid ones, and not even a single customer will take it.

What people want from BSNL Broadband:

Upgradation of bandwidth 4Mbps from 2Mbps.

Night speed upgrade unlimited plans like MTNL

Introduce 768Mbps, 1Mbps unlimited plans at affordable rate

Reasonable pricing on prepaid broadband

Separate Landline from broadband.

Fiber Broadband (FTTx)

BSNL has fibre based broadband (FTTx) in few selected areas. Also tariffs are high for general customers. Private players like Beam Telecom already unleashed fiber broadband in Hyderabad and got immense response due to affordable tariffs.

Expected Upgrade on Fiber Broadband

  • Coverage expansion
  • Affordable tariff

BSNL also offers broadband on wireless using EVDO, HSPA & WiMAX technology.

HSPA (BSNL 3G)

Once BSNL was the only choice of 3G-HSPA services in the terms of affordability & network coverage, compared to private operators which set the tariff the rocket high.But BSNL soon followed the trend of private operators’ 3G data tariffs, withdraw unlimited plans and recently revised the tariff – hikes the tariff 2 times of previous tariff.

Now if you watch BSNL’s Delhi-Mumbai sister MTNL, they are providing unlimited 3G data plans and keeps the base rate of 1p/10kB.BSNL has to think for attractive tariff packages, as at the same price point customer will shift to other operators as private operators’ 3G network is under-utilized and they can provide better experience.

Suggestion

  • Introduce unlimited 3G data plans – with strict FUP of 75GB. It will satisfy everyone.
  • Upgrade all BTS with 7.2Mbps or more speedy HSPA equipment.
  • Introduce capped unlimited 3G data plans – 512kbps, 1Mbps, 2Mbps at an affordable rate.

EVDO

BSNL holds CDMA spectrum on 800 Mhz but never utilize this aggressively. CDMA services (including 1X and EVDO) are limited to mostly data only and high speed EVDO coverage is very poor compared to private operators and there is almost nil blanket coverage. BSNL can do better on this segment.

WiMAX & LTE

BSNL has WiMax BTS over many places (http://www.wimaxmaps.bsnl.co.in/) but they did not launch WiMAX based wireless broadband commercially in most places. BSNL must roll out WiMAX commercially in more circles.BSNL has a plan to roll out LTE in coming days. But with investments on WiMAX & no commercial use of WiMAX hints that BSNL 4G on LTE is a long way to go.

Tell us what you expect from BSNL in coming days. Share your thoughts of BSNL broadband, EVDO, 3G & WiMAX.

This post was last modified on September 29, 2011 4:24 pm

Rudradeep Biswas

Share
Published by
Rudradeep Biswas

Recent Posts

Mi Band 7 Pro Launch Is Set on July 4 Alongside the Xiaomi 12S Series in China

The Xiaomi 12S series and Mi Band 7 Pro will both launch in China on…

Google Switch to Android App, Now Compatible With All Android 12 Phones

Google, a major technology company, has updated its Switch to Android iPhone software to apparently…

Vodafone Idea Claims UP West and Uttarakhand 4G Networks Enhanced

Vodafone Idea has just announced that it improved the 4G network for its customers living…

Vodafone Idea to Struggle With 5G Because of Weakening Customer Base: GlobalData

All the private telcos in India have been working for the last year to develop…

Moto G62 5G Tipped to Launch in India Soon

Earlier this month, the Motorola G62 was introduced in Brazil. It has triple back cameras…

Jio, Airtel and Vi Aren’t Going to Bid Heavily in 5G Spectrum Auction: Report

Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea (Vi), the three private telecom operators in India,…

Oppo Takes Reno8 Series Camera Experience to Next Level With 6nm NPU MariSilicon X

Oppo, one of the largest Chinese smartphone and electronics manufacturers, is soon expected to launch…

5G Launch Changed the Customer Experience for Users in US

5G is only a few months away from India now. The telcos are eagerly waiting…

Samsung Galaxy S23 Camera Leaks are Here

Samsung Galaxy S22 series has been a huge success for the South Korean tech giant.…