After private telcos went on an announcement spree of unlimited calling at reasonable rates, BSNL today announced similar offerings. When compared to private telcos offerings, BSNL is offering better benefits as the vouchers are priced a little lower and offer data benefits to all customers without any discrimination. In the case of private telcos who also offer 4G services, 4G phone users get more data benefits.
The above-mentioned plans are offered on a promotional basis for a period of 90 days.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) may have started its turnaround journey following a number of steps taken by the government and the telco itself, but the public sector unit (PSU) is yet to make profits. Communications Minister Manoj Sinha, in a written reply, informed Rajya Sabha that BSNL’s losses in the April-June quarter this fiscal stood at Rs 1,721 crore, while total income was at Rs 7,331 crore.
BSNL registered loss of Rs 7,019 crore in 2013-14, followed by Rs 8,234 crore losses in 2014-15. The telco’s losses less than halved to Rs 3,880 crore in 2015-16.
The turnover has increased from Rs 26,153 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 27,242 crore in 2014-15 and to Rs 28,449 crore in 2015-16, the Minister said, as reported by PTI.
During April-June quarter of 2016-17, BSNL’s revenue from operations stood at Rs 7,183 crore. BSNL’s total revenue, which comprises revenue from operations and other income, went up from Rs 27,996 crore in year 2013-14, to Rs 28,645 crore in 2014-15, and further to Rs 32,919 crore in 2015-16. An earlier PTI report said that BSNL saw nearly six-fold jump in operating profit during 2015-16 at Rs 3,855 crore from Rs 672 crore in the preceding fiscal, while revenue from operation turned out to be highest in the last five years.
BSNL’s revenue from operation rose 4.4 per cent to Rs 28,449 crore during financial year ended March 2016, sources told PTI in late November, citing the latest audited financial statement of the telecom corporation placed at the AGM last week.
Last week, we wrote an article saying that combo plans will be the future of Indian telecom. And, the first step towards this will be made by BSNL itself. Yes, the upcoming BSNL Rs. 149 pack will include a certain amount of data as well.
BSNL has recently launched the ‘Apoorva’ prepaid plan for its Karnataka subscribers. The tariff plan comes as a replacement for the ‘New Amogh’ plan and applies to the users who’ve ported from other networks as well.
The new ‘BSNL Apoorva’ plan offers 50MB of 3G data and 30 minutes of Local/STD calls to any network with a validity of 180 days from the day of recharge. After subscribing for this prepaid tariff plan users will be charged at 38p/minute for Local, STD, and landline calls within the network and 48p/minute for Local and STD calls to other networks.
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