Going in line with current trend in the Indian telecom industry, public telecom operator BSNL has also decided to hike its data plans further. This time around, BSNL hasn’t increased the pricing of its plans, but has in fact made them expensive to use by reducing their validity periods.
The Reduced Validities And A New 3 Day Plan
BSNL has reduced the validity of Rs. 17 data plan which offers 90 MB data to just 1 day which was 2 days earlier.
The telecom operator has also cut down on the validity of Rs. 39 data pack offering 200 MB data from 6 days to 5 days.
Rs. 56 internet pack which offers 250 MB data for 30 days is now revised to offer 250 MB high-speed data for 27 days only.
In order to fill up the gap created by reducing the validities of its current data plans, BSNL has launched new internet pack at Rs. 29 which offers 150 MB data coming with a validity of 3 days.
Vodafone Launches 3G In Dimapur
Vodafone has now launched 3G services on its own network in Dimapur, Nagaland. The company has deployed more than 70 new 3G mobile towers at the time of writing this article and is in the process of adding more and more mobile sites.
Till now Vodafone has been offering 3G services via roaming agreements with other operators in the Assam and North East circle. The company has been planning to launch its own 3G network in the region and it acquired 2100 MHz spectrum for the region in the March 2015 spectrum auction.
Vodafone has more than 47 lakh customers in the Assam and North East circle with 40% of them being internet users. The telecom operator has been launching its 3G services in the area in a phased manner and has launched its own 3G internet in the cities of Guwahati and Jorhat in Assam, Itanagar, Bomdila, Tawang, Along, Bhalukpong, Basar, and Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh, and Kohima in Nagaland.
It is worth noting that revenue from the data networks contributes to a majority of the profit of these telecom operators and hence it makes sense for them to invest heavily in data networks.
We just hope that others follow suit and revise their data offering in the East with competitive pricing. And the rest would be changed post Reliance Jio 4G launch.