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October 11, 2012

BSNL Introduces Two Mbps WiMax Broadband Plan

BSNL or Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, India’s largest Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), recently launched the new WiMax Broadband plan. It costs about $8 for two Mbps downloading speed.

The wireless broadband market in the state of Kerala is emerging and the plan is believed to have been launched keeping in mind the competition.

BSNL holds about 70 percent share in Indian fixed network market. Recently, in order to improve user experience and meet future demand, the company plans to choose two suppliers to replace its 38,000 fixed network switchboards with next-generation network devices.

BSNL also is offering 20 percent discount on monthly rental to government employees and 16.7 percent to normal customers with annual rental option.

This new WiMax Broadband plan comes at monthly rental of $8 and offers 2.5 GB Data usage with 2Mbps Speed and after the offered data usage additional data usage charges will cost customers $2 per GB.

Currently, wireless broadband market is mostly dominated by EVDO players – RCom ( Reliance Netconnect+), Tata Docomo CDMA (Photon+) and MTS India (MBlaze), while 3G-HSPA data services now slowly looking to make their way to the consumers after recent reduction in charges by various operators. BSNL EVDO services is the cheapest option in India for wireless broadband as only BSNL offers unlimited usage at $15 per month with No Fair Usage Policy (FUP).

However, some of the people had posted in the telecom forums that the new prices were expensive and added that they saw no relevance in giving 2Gb at $8 and $2 per additional GB.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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