In a bid to revive loss-ridden state-run telecom operator- BSNL, the Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday announced that the BSNL will offer free roaming to all its prepaid and post-paid subscribers across the nation from 15 June 2015.
No more fat bills for talking while roaming. BSNL customers need not pay roaming charges while roaming in India. pic.twitter.com/LFFoyDOm4H
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) June 2, 2015
The interesting part of this news is that the subscribers won’t be required to do any special recharge to avail this free roaming facility. BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava also said that the impact of this scheme would be assessed after one year of its implementation. BSNL is mainly doing it for boosting its revenue and growing its subscriber base.
The spectrum sharing and trading policy will go to the Cabinet this month, while the full mobile number portability will be enforced from July 2015. These announcements came as a part of minister’s speech regarding the feats that his government achieved in the past one year.
All other leading telecom operators including BSNL had reduced the roaming rates by 40% in the month of May. But BSNL has become the first telecom operator to offer free National Roaming.
BSNL had also recently announced free night calling for its landline subscribers. As per that scheme, all landline subscribers would now be able to call any number within India for free during night-time (9 pm to 7 am IST).
The minister also revealed how the NDA government is taking efforts to make BSNL and MTNL profitable again. He also announced that BSNL has witnessed an increase in its revenue by about 2.1% in the last fiscal as it added 47 lakh new users in 2014-15. MTNL on the other hand, added 2.11 Lakh subscribers in the last year.
Please note that both these PSUs, were experiencing negative growth for the last 3 years, and this growth in subscriber base and revenue should come as a treat to all BSNL officials.
We sincerely hope that BSNL will improve its data network and its quality of service at its earliest. And that day wouldn’t be far, when BSNL will reclaim its throne of being of top telecom operator in India.