BSNL offers prepaid broadband service

Bangalore, 29 Oct 2009: State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) on launched prepaid broadband service for the first time in the country from this tech hub to enable customers access Internet in any city except Delhi and Mumbai. "There are no fixed monthly charges for prepaid broadband service. Postpaid customers can also subscribe to the service," BSNL chairman and managing director Kuldeep Goyal said. Initially, prepaid broadband customers will be given an account with username and password and 50MB free download with a 15-day validity period. The service offers unlimited download through four slabs (vouchers) of access at speeds ranging from 256kbps to 2mbps in the validity period. Limited download is also available through nine slabs at 2mbps speed. "The other advantages of prepaid service are subscribers will have control on usage and will not have to exceed download limit. A group of prepaid customers like students or professionals can share a single digital subscriber line (DSL) connection," Goal said. Corporates and enterprises can control expenditure on broadband usage of employees by subscribing to the service. "As in case of mobile connectivity, where 80 percent of subscribers are prepaid, we are confident of increasing the broadband subscriber base with this new service in view its advantages such as affordability and mobility," Goyal said.


BSNL broadband consumers to enjoy double speed from Oct

KOLKATA: Come October, BSNL broadband consumers in Kolkata will be able to enjoy hi-speed internet connectivity up to the speed of 16 Mbps. This is
nearly double the current speed offered by BSNL. BSNL Kolkata is in the process of upgrading its broadband backbone from the present ADSL system to VDSL which will allow maximum speed up to 26 Mbps in its internet highway. German firm Siemens is undertaking the entire hardware upgradation for the transition from ADSL to VDSL. BSNL will come up with a new tariff plan for consumers who will opt for the 16 Mbps internet connectivity package. The move is likely to help BSNL consolidate its presence in the broadband segment where it currently has 2.2 lakh subscribers in the city. “We expect to have the VDSL network across Kolkata before the festive season. This will help us to offer hi-speed internet connectivity as the broadband highway can handle speed up to 26 Mbps. The service will be offered to both consumers as well as enterprises,” said BSNL chief general manager (Calcutta circle ) SK Chakravarty. While the present ADSL or Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line technology at BSNL enables internet connectivity speed up to 16 Mbps, BSNL currently offers a tariff plan for up to 8 mbps. VDSL or VHDSL (Very High Bitrate DSL), on the other hand, is the next-generation technology which is capable of supporting high bandwidth applications like HDTV. “We have already rolled out the PC across 16 circles of BSNL and we expect to complete the nationwide roll out by September . We are also undertaking trials with MTNL and expect to start commercial roll out in Mumbai and Delhi by November. Currently , we have a subscriber base of 4,000 machines across India,” Novatium Solutions CEO Alok Singh said.

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