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BSNL launches several new schemes

Special Correspondent

The new packages are for landline and broadband customers


BSNL added 1.88 lakh lines in

2008-09

WLL phone offer under the One Plus One Plan


— Photo: K. Gopinathan

Wooing customers: Shubhendu Ghosh, Principal General Manager, Bangalore Telecom District, BSNL (left), and R. Mani, General Manager, Mobiles, at the launch of the new schemes in Bangalore on Saturday.

Bangalore: The Bangalore Telecom District of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has announced the launch of several new schemes for its landline and broadband customers.

The Convenience Plan 250, which is applicable to broadband Plan 250, offers a reduction in usage charges beyond 1 GB. The rate per megabyte of excess usage is reduced from ninety paise to 50 paise under this plan.

The Power User Pack offers existing broadband users a monthly billing of more than Rs. 499 a rebate on connections using BSNL’s data card. This scheme is available only to the first 2,000 applicants. The data card will be given at Rs. 300 a month instead of the normal fee of Rs. 550 a month.

The Road Star Plan offers a rebate on wireless Internet card to landline customers who also have a broadband connection and pay a minimum fixed monthly charge of Rs. 249.

This scheme is open to the first 4,000 applicants only. The Special Bundle Plan offers 10 per cent of a customer’s fixed monthly charges as free talk time to local BSNL numbers, subject to a maximum of Rs. 100 a month. The free talk time will be based on the customer’s usage in the previous billing cycle. A new SIM card will be provided to the customer.

The Total Telecom Plan is a similar plan applicable to BSNL broadband users. High-value subscribers, paying in excess of Rs. 1,500 a month in the preceding six months, are eligible for a WLL phone under the One Plus One Plan.

Market share

Shubhendu Ghosh, Principal General Manager, Bangalore Telecom District, said BSNL added 1.88 lakh lines in 2008-09, growing at more than 11 per cent over the previous year.

“This is commendable given the fact that we are in a recessionary situation,” he remarked.

He said the city has 2.4 lakh broadband connections, among the highest in any Indian city. “BSNL has more than 85 per cent market share in the broadband space in the city,” he added.

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