State-run telecom firm BSNL slashed 3G mobile Internet rates by about three-fourths on Friday. The crucial decision was taken by the BSNL to counter threat of Reliance Jio that is offering free 4G data.
As per the new tariff, the cost of per GB data will reach at Rs 36.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to offer up to four times extra data on existing data STVs (special tariff vouchers) available in the marketBSNL
Under the scheme, the BSNL will offer 2 GB at Rs. 78 and 8 GB with a validity of 28 days at Rs 291.
"With these offers, BSNL is now offering data at the rate of Rs. 36 per GB which is one of the lowest in the Industry," BSNL said.
Reliance Jio is offering free 4G service till March 31, 2017, under which its all mobile customers are getting 1 GB of 4G mobile broadband every day and after consumption of 1GB, the speed gets reduced.
Several private operators have reduced the cost of per GB data to counter a tough competition set by Reliance Jio.
We are committed to providing affordable mobile services for all segments of the prepaid mobile customers. These offers will be valid from February 6, 2017, on Pan India basisRK Mittal, BSNL Board Director for Consumer Mobility
Jio has become largest broadband service provider in the country within three months of its commercial launch. It has 52.23 million broadband customers.
BSNL continues to dominate broadband market in fixed line services segment with 9.95 million customers and ranks fifth in mobile broadband space with 20.39 million subscribers.