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BSNL slashes 3G Data Card Tariffs

Pan India 3G Service Provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has revised its prepaid and postpaid 3G Data plans, added more benefits for its 3G data customers.  BSNL offers Cheapest 3G Data Plans in India now with 1 GB 3G data for Rs. 300,  2GB 3G data for Rs. 500, 3GB 3G Data for  Rs. 600 with 90 days validity, 5 GB 3G Data for  Rs. 750 (Home and Roam). Under new Revised plans BSNL withdrawn existing trial pack STV of Rs.121 and data STV of Rs.2500. Now 10,000 MB and 15000 MB 3G plans will comes at reduced ot discounted price up to 40%. Earlier 3G data discounted price was valid till 30th april 2012 and now all the plans has been regularized, plus in some plan its price has been also slashed which may be a very good move by BSNL to boost  3G Mobile Broadband services in India.

BSNL hires ZTE to enhance broadband services

China-based telecom equipment provider ZTE Corporation today said it has bagged a fresh contract from state-run BSNL, with the aim of enhancing broadband services in the country.

Under the partnership, ZTE will deploy ultra high-speed and next-generation broadband devices across BSNL's network in 15 circles, ZTE Corporation said in a statement issued here.

However, both the companies did not share the financial details of the agreement.

"In today's world, internet access and broadband penetration is an integral part of a country's growth and progress. We are extremely delighted and proud to partner with BSNL to make broadband connectivity more widely accessible to people in India," ZTE India CEO Cui Liangjun said.

The deployment will expand the reach and quality of BSNL's fixed network broadband services across the country and address the requirements of future multimedia broadband services there.

Liangjun further said, "ZTE has been closely associated with BSNL for over a decade across multiple telecom projects, and this latest initiative further reaffirms the strength of our partnership".

ZTE has already deployed over 3 million subscriber broadband units for BSNL

BSNL plans High-speed wireless broadband

The issue of which technology to use in wireless broadband services, TD-LTE or WiMax, is becoming keener.

After Reliance Industries did so, state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) plans to launch LTE-based services. “We will have to continue offering broadband services through WiMax in rural areas because of various government schemes. But LTE-based services are being looked at for urban areas,” chairman and managing director R K Upadhyay told Business Standard.

Both TD-LTE (time division-long term evolution) and WiMax (worldwide interoperability for microwave access) are 4G (fourth-generation) technology, which offer wireless broadband at high speeds. In TD-LTE, subscribers can get data speed in the range of 60-100 mega bits per second (mbps). In WiMax, data speed is around 40 mbps. Apart from the higher speed, an LTE-based service scores over WiMax because of its compatibility with both 2G and 3G networks.

Asked when these services would be launched, Upadhyay said it would take some time. Apart from Reliance Industries, which acquired majority stake in Infotel Broadband, which had won pan-India broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in last year’s auction, another private company, Aircel, has recently concluded trials for TD-LTE with Huawei.

BSNL’s sister concern, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam, is also contemplating TD-LTE services. MTNL had first called for bids to look for a franchisee for its WiMax business, but this did not materialise. It plans a new tender now, to be technology-neutral and has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as the agency to look for a franchisee and prepare an Expression of Interest for this.

Both BSNL and MTNL were awarded BWA spectrum in 2009, a year ahead of the auction for private companies. It is expected that the latter would commercially launch their services in the first quarter of next year.

Bharati Airtel launches new High-Speed broadband plans

Bharti Airtel has come up with new broadband plans for top 10 markets in India. In this line it will offer minimum Broadband speed at 2mbps from 1mbps onwards for the top cities across the country.
On the new broadband plans, the minimum Broadband speed that will be offered in Top 10 markets - Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune, will be 2mbps. For all its other markets, across its service areas in the country, the new plans offer a minimum Broadband speed of 1mbps.

The Airtel Broadband customers can choose their Plans suiting their High Speed Data Usage needs starting from 3GB right up to 150GB. In select markets, customers can double their speeds to 4mbps for Rs. 100 more. The 4mbps plans start at Rs1,099.

Girish Mehta, Chief Marketing Officer, Telemedia Services, Bharti Airtel, said that, over the past several months, we have been continually adding to our broadband service portfolio. Raising the broadband speed threshold with the new broadband plans will help enhance uptake of the array of content and rich media experience on Airtel broadband.
In addition, Airtel has also introduced several innovative additions to its value-added services which includes exclusive offerings for airtel Broadband users with content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Learn Next, Broadband TV, Airtel Photos and Airtel Movies.

Airtel launches Broadband TV at Rs 49 per month

Mar. 16 -- Bharti Airtel has launched Broadband TV service through which customers can watch live TV on their computers and laptops. The monthly rental will be Rs 99.

Customers can watch 28 Live TV channels including UTV Bindass, UTV Movies, Bloomberg UTV, TLC, Animal Planet, all Discovery channels, Sakshi TV, Live India and Tarang Music.

Subscription plans include:

Gold Pack- All channels with Voice on Demand and movies for Rs 99 per month.

Night Pack- All channels with Voice on Demand and movies for Rs 49, per month from 9 pm - 9 am.

My Pack- Any 3 chosen channels for Rs 49 per month.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Bharat Chronicle.

Bharti Airtel launches Airtel Photo Service for its broadband customers

Airtel has launched a digital photo printing service for Airtel Broadband customers, in association with leading photo-service, Zoomin.com. Called Airtel Photo Service, users will be able upload their photos online, and have them printed, and then delivered to their doorstep.

Apart from printing photographs in matte, gloss and luminous print finishes, Airtel Photo Service gives users many other media to choose from, from T-shirts to mugs, calendars to photo-albums, which can all be customized with personal messages, themes, art clips, etc. Along with online editing tools, users have a handy Organizer to create customized collections.
Users will also be able to store an unlimited number of photos online in their Airtel Photo Service account, and can import albums from Facebook.

The service is available only for Airtel Broadband users, and to make things simple for them, does not require payment online via credit/debit cards. Instead, each item purchased will be billed to the monthly Airtel Broadband postpaid bill, using a ‘pay per instance’ feature to keep track of items. Photo products available on Airtel Photo Service range from Rs. 65 to Rs. 595, inclusive of applicable taxes and delivery charges.

For details on the complete product portfolio, customers can visit www.airtel.Zoomin.com

RCom to offer unlimited wireless Internet for Rs 169 a month

RCom to offer unlimited wireless Internet for Rs 169 a month
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RCom brings ‘City Unlimited’ broadband plan
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