Reliance Jio Effect: BSNL Halves Unlimited Calls Rental for Landlines to Rs. 49 a Month for New Subscribers

State-run telecom operator BSNL on Monday halved the monthly rental for unlimited calling from landline to any network on Sundays and night hours to Rs. 49 from Rs. 99.

Reliance Jio Effect: BSNL Halves Unlimited Calls Rental for Landlines to Rs. 49 a Month for New Subscribers

“To attract new customers to experience wireline services, BSNL launched a very cost effective and affordable promotional landline voice plan ‘Experience LL 49’,” BSNL said in a statement.

Under this plan, a fixed monthly charge of Rs. 49 is applicable for the first six months and after that, the customer shall be charged as per the general plan of the respective area.

BSNL customers can make unlimited calls to any network every Sunday and during night hours (9pm to 7am).

BSNL is the only operator which is offering such a low-cost landline voice plan in the country, said N K Gupta, Director (CFA), BSNL Board.

Last week, to counter threat from Reliance Jio, state-run telecom firm BSNL slashed 3G mobile Internet rates by about three-fourths, bringing down the cost of per GB data to as low as Rs. 36 under a special pack.

“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 market,” BSNL said in a statement.

Under Rs. 291 plan, a customer will get four times more data at 8GB with a validity of 28 days against 2GB earlier. The Rs. 78 plan will offer double data at 2GB.

Reliance Jio Ties Up With 8 Global Carriers

Reliance Jio Ties Up With 8 Global Carriers

Reliance Jio Infocomm on Monday said it has tied up with eight global carriers that will allow partner businesses to more efficiently and quickly bring innovative products and services to customers around the world.

An official statement said the eight global carriers are British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Millicom, MTS, Orange, Rogers, TeliaSonera and TIM.

“Jio is set to enable each Indian to live a digital life. To this end, we have built the globally largest green-field 4G and fiber network, as well as a suite of digital services that enable entertainment, cloud, payment, and much more.

“We invite the best partners to work with us to co-create a Digital India,” said Rainer Deutschmann, chief product and innovation officer of Reliance Jio Infocom.

Industrialist Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm is expected to launch 4G services very soon.

The statement said through these companies, a potential customer base of around one billion in more than 80 countries can be reached.

Jio has installed 90,000 eco-friendly cell towers that have a near-zero footprint, laid 250,000 route km of fiber optic cable country-wide, and its retail reach is spread over 1.02 lakh villages, 18,000 cities across all the 29 states of the country, it said.

“Partnering becomes more and more important. We as operators can provide partners with the best networks and easy distribution to customers. And the partners enable us to provide our customers with the best and most innovative products and services. This is a perfect win-win-situation for all,” said Christian von Reventlow, chief product and innovation officer at Deutsche Telekom.

The alliance will focus on exchanging best practices on how to bring partner propositions to the market, on joint efforts in partner scouting and will also exchange knowledge about upcoming trends and services amongst the group, the statement said.

“As of today, the Alliance has established relationships with 30 innovative partner businesses including AirBnB, Celltick, Disconnect, Idoomoo, Magisto, Mojio and Spotify,” it said.

The statement said the alliance was an open network of like-minded operators worldwide with complementary geographical footprints.

It was covering all relevant product categories within an operator’s business, mobile as well as fixed, business-to-customer as well as business-to-business. It will be expanding to additional operators soon.