Reliance Jio Prime Membership extended, 3 months free service offered

Reliance Jio, the telecom services provider from Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, has extended the period for its subscribers to sign up for its Membership program up to Apr 15. It will also provide three months of free service for any member who signs up for its monthly packages starting at Rs 303 per month. In […]

DoT lifts freeze over BSNL’s 2016 JE exam, document verification starts

The Department of Telecom has lifted its freeze over the recruitment of 2,700 junior engineers into Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, India’s state-owned telecom operator. The results of the recruitment exam, conducted in September last year, were put on hold in December after the Department of Telecom received complaints about the conduct of the exam from several […]

BSNL offers 2GB/day + free calls for Rs 339 per month

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the state-owned telecom services provider, has launched India’s cheapest daily-data pack at Rs 339 per month. For the amount, users will get 2 GB of 3G data plus 25 minutes of free calls per day. The closest tariff plan to this offer is from Reliance Jio, which gives 2 GB per […]

High right-of-way charges behind long waiting list for BSNL landlines – Govt

High right-of-way charges levied by local bodies for allowing Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd to lay underground cables are largely responsible for the telecom company’s inability to provide land phones on demand, the government said. As of January, BSNL has 12,052 landline applications kept pending and most of this is because of poor commercial feasibility issues […]

BSNL announces new postpaid plans with more data, unlimited calling

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the publicly owned telecom services provider, announced liberalization of its plans for postpaid customers, a month after doing so for prepaid subscribers. While it offers 1 GB data plus unlimited calling to prepaid subscribers for Rs 339, for pospaid, the cost of the unlimited calling pack has been kept higher at […]

MTNL says not aware of BSNL merger talks; stock up 16%

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, the state-owned telecommunications operator in the metro areas of Delhi and Mumbai, said it was not aware of any ‘restarting’ of talks related to its merger with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the pan-India telecom operator owned by the public. “We are not aware of any such news. As and when any such […]

BSNL turns net gainer in MNP, to launch 4G at year-end

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the publicly owned telecom operator, is now ‘MNP positive’, its chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said, without giving details. “BSNL’s MNP ratio is positive,” Shrivastava said at a customer interaction event today. It is not clear whether the executive was talking about all-time figures or monthly or yearly numbers. In […]

BSNL doubles data on 11 existing 3G plans to take on Reliance Jio

BSNL, the public-owned telecom services provider, has increased the data allowance of more of its 3G plans, days after announcing two new tariff plans. Last week, the company has increased the allocation on two of its popular recharges by double or more. The Rs 78 pack, which used to provide 1 GB of data for […]

BSNL to soon relaunch Rs 498 “truly unlimited” 3G plan, new packs on Republic Day

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has decided to “relaunch” its 14-day “truly unlimited” 3G plan, chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said today. The plan, introduced in early December, was pulled after only one month. It offered truly unlimited 3G data usage at just Rs 498 with a validity of 14 days. The 498 recharge […]

BSNL offers email IDs in Hindi and other Indian languages

BSNL has introduced a free e-mail service for its broadband users based on its डाटावन.भारत domain name. As a result, it is possible for a customer to now have an complete email address in Hindi. “It’s now possible in every part of India to have an email address in their own language and communicate in […]

UPA-era procurement delays kept us back – BSNL CMD

BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava blamed delays in procuring key equipment for the present backward condition of the state-owned telecom operator. The company, which was once profitable and dominated India’s telecom sector, has run up huge losses in the last several years, while private telecom companies have reaped tens of thousands of crores […]

BSNL JE 2016 recruitment frozen after complaints to DoT – CMD Shrivastava

BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said the recruitment of Junior Engineers (JEs) into the telecom company has been frozen by the Department of Telecom on the basis of complaints. “It is being held up by the Department of Telecom… due to complaints,” Shrivastava said in response to questions by candidates who have qualified […]

BSNL to launch Gigafiber plans, slash FTTH tariff to counter Reliance Jio

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd will launch Gigafiber plans with speeds of over 1,000 Mbps to counter the threat from players like Reliance Jio, the head of the organisation said today. “We have a similar strategy and soon we are going to come up with Gigabit OFC connection to customers in select locations,” BSNL Chairman and […]

Bharti Airtel offers unlimited calls at around Rs 200 per month to counter Jio

Days after Reliance Communications unveiled a plan that offers unlimited calls at Rs 150 per month, India’s biggest telecom operator has come up with something very similar to take on both RCom, Reliance Jio and an upcoming plan from BSNL. Bharti Airtel has announced two new plans — one that offers unlimited Airtel to Airtel […]

BSNL offers yearly data plan: 80 GB @ Rs 4500, 60 GB @ 4000

To take on competitors like Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, state-owned BSNL has come up with a one-year 3G data plan that offers 80 GB of 3G data for Rs 4,498. That translates to roughly Rs 56 per GB with a one-year validity. In comparison, others like Idea and Bharti Airtel also offer similar scheme, […]

Reliance Jio brings high-speed fiber Internet to Chennai under the Gigafiber brand

Reliance Jio, the latest telecom company to enter the market, has started its fiber to home operations in Chennai — making the southern city only the third telecom zone to experience the service, after Mumbai and Gujarat. Though the tariff details are not available, a Facebook user has shared the photos of Jio’s invitation letter […]