Ever since Reliance Jio announced its tariff plans starting from Rs. 149 offering unlimited voice calling across the country, the incumbent telecom operators have gone into a frenzy. Moving forward by a little over one and half months, the telecom operators have already started coming up with their own unlimited voice calling plans.
BSNL is the latest telecom operator to join the bandwagon with its Rs. 149 monthly plan (28 days or 1 billing cycle). This pack though still not announced is expected to be available from Jan 1, 2017 and would allow BSNL subscribers to make unlimited local and national calls to any network without any additional charges.
It is worth noting that BSNL offers free incoming calls during roaming to all its subscribers.
“We are working on a plan to allow unlimited voice calls to mobile subscribers at any network across India at Rs 149 a month,” said BSNL Chairman, Anupam Shrivastava. He also added that the subscribers will also get 300 MB data with this plan.
What’s The Competition Offering?
Let’s take a look at the entry-level plans offering unlimited calling of the other telecom operators in the country:
Reliance Jio’s Rs. 149 plan comes with 28 days validity and offers 100 SMS along with unlimited voice calls to any network even during roaming.
It also offers 300 MB 4G data along with unlimited night usage, and 700 MB Wi-Fi data.
For Rs. 149, Reliance Communications offers unlimited voice calling to any number in the country. The plan also offers 300 MB 4G/3G/2G data and free incoming calls during roaming.
Aircel is also offering unlimited voice calling to its subscribers, but unlike Jio and RCom it doesn’t offer free calls to all networks as of now. This is available only to new subscribers in the Delhi & NCR telecom circle who do the first recharge of Rs. 148 via FRC148.
Under this plan, the new subscribers will get unlimited Aircel-Aircel calls for 3 months, 15,000 seconds (L+N) per month for the first 3 months, and 500 MB 2G data valid for 1 month.
BSNL is readying itself for the intense competition from other telecom operators and is building up capacity to accommodate more voice traffic by making better use of its underutilised fibre spanning 7 lakh kms across the country.
“Jio has come up with disruptive strategy and we are ready to match whatever tariff is being offered by our competitors,” Shrivastava added.
BSNL’s plan is to offer unlimited calling for Rs. 149/month by making use of its existing broadband network. The public telco will also try to reduce the impact of IUC (Interconnection Usage Charges).
It is good to see yet another large telecom operator come up with such attractive voice calling plan and that too over the traditional 3G/2G networks. While there is no denying the fact that Jio’s Rs. 149 plan offers more benefits than the entry-level unlimited voice calling plans of the existing operators, the subscribers would need to buy a 4G handset to avail those benefits.
BSNL, RCom, and Aircel on the other hand are offering unlimited voice calling over the traditional 2G/3G networks which is supported by all phones. This is bound to make a huge impact in the Indian telecom industry.