BSNL to double mobile broadband capacity up to 600Tb

11 October 2016 | James Pearce


Indian state-owned operator BSNL has unveiled plans to increase its mobile broadband capacity twofold to 600Tb within the next month.

The firm did not participate in India’s recent spectrum auction, but said increasing demand on its mobile network would see it double capacity in the south and increase it by up to half in other zones.

“We are seeing enormous increase in usage of mobile data on our network. We will be increasing our data network capacity to deliver high-speed 3G and other services. In South, we will double the capacity to 600Tb and in other zones, it will be up to 450Tb by November,” BSNL chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava told PTI.

He explained that its recently launched unlimited 3G scheme was one of the key reasons for increased data demands, as it offers unlimited access to 3G without any speed restrictions for a 30-day period.

The average data download per customer using the plan has been around 2.2Gb, meaning 66Gb per customer each month.

According to the BSNL MD, data usage on its network was around 80Tb in 2012, but in July, it hit 279Tb, and this has now hit 353Tb.

Shrivastava added: “we will match any tariff in the market. It will be as competitive as any of the players in the market. We are already offering 300Gb of data usage for Rs 249 per month on fixed broadband connection. It is valid for six months and no other operator has been able to match it.”