BSNL has once again proved to be the biggest competitor of Reliance Jio by launching the BSNL Chaukka 444 Plan. The State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. rolled out it’s new Chaukka 444 plan which offers 4GB of data for 90 days.
The new data STV can be activated by doing a special recharge for Rs 444 (for Prepaid customers) or by sending an SMS with STV DATA444 to 121. (which will only then reduce Rs 389.47 from your existing balance)
BSNL’s STV- 444 is a follow up to previously launched STV 333 aka Triple ACE plan, which the company claims got a ‘successful response’. “We are committed to providing affordable and efficient services to all segment of our mobile customers. We offer best prices to our customers considering the present trend of Indian telecom industry,” R.K.Mittal, Director (CM) BSNL Board said in a press statement. This is the highest per day data offer initiated by any telecom company in India, till date.
This is a high time for the telecom industry in India with the onset of 4G. Reliance Jio has triggered a war among the telecom giants to survive in the market while many small companies are trying to merge with other small or big companies.
While BSNL has recently expressed its interest in the super premium 700-MHz band and is seeking financial support from the government. The company plans to secure 5 MHz spectrum in the premium 700-MHz band across the country, as it looks to take on private telecom operators, including Reliance Jio that have already launched 4G services in the market.
“We have to buy 700-MHz because we don’t have other options….We have 20 MHz spectrum in a 2,500-MHz band in 14 circles but that gives us only the capacity. If you talk about coverage, we don’t have spectrum in 800-MHz, 900-MHz or 1,800-MHz bands. That’s why our strategy is to get 700-MHz, which is the best band to give coverage,” BSNL chairman and managing director, Anupam Shrivastava was quoted as saying by the publication.
While BSNL Chaukka 444 might seem to be an exciting offer, it might fail to provide 4G speeds due to lack of spectrum.
Operators like Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have lowered their data tariffs as well. Idea recently unveiled a new plan that offers 70GB of 3G data at Rs 396. Vodafone, on the other hand, launched its Ramzan special offer that gives users 25GB data along with unlimited calling at Rs 786 to its customers in select circles.
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