Slowly but surely BSNL is entering the mobile operators’ war in India. After Reliance Jio and Airtel, now BSNL too is offering low rate plans to its customers. According to a report by The Indian Express, BSNL has introduced two new STVs at Rs 8 and Rs 19 for prepaid users under which it is offering voice calls at 15 paise per minute on net and at 35 paise per minute off net PAN India. “These low value voice rate cutter STVs giving calls as low as @15 paisa / min with no liability of paying any large amount of fixed monthly charges is one of the most competitive STVs in present market scenario,” said R.K.Mittal, Director (CM) BSNL Board.
The only difference between these plans apart from the cost is their validity. While the Rs 8 plan comes with a validity of 30 days, the Rs 19 plan can be used for a period of 90 days. The company has introduced these plans just days after it came up with ‘Plan 429’ to fight off the competition from Reliance Jio. Under this plan, BSNL was offering prepaid users unlimited voice calls (local/STD) on any network and 1 GB data per day for 90 days. This has been rolled out on PAN India basis (except Kerala Circle).
Reliance Jio, on the other hand, has recently completed a year and the network has close to 130 million subscribers in the country. Jio is entirely a 4G VoLTE network, and it has a host of affordable prepaid and postpaid data plans for users. As per TRAI data, average 4G download speed on Jio network was 18.65 mbps in July, which is almost the double of its closest rival Vodafone at 18.33 mbps.
Meanwhile, Airtel too has introduced new Rs 5 and Rs 8 plans. Under the Rs 5 plan, Airtel is offering its customers 4GB of 3G/4G data for a period of 7 days. While the Rs 8 plan allows you to make local and STD mobile calls at just 30 paise per minute.