Broadband speed by BSNL to be increased to 2Mbps for all Plans, applicable for FUP usage only
People are often caught saying, BSNL broadband sucks! Considering the speed offered by the State-run company and its tariff charges, this is really true. Private companies, local ISPs in the country have long taken an edge in competition with cheap rates and higher speeds. They are often found offering ‘happy hours’ where in the speed is increased free of cost for a specified time frame every day for a given duration.
In a desperate attempt to leap back in competition, BSNL has declared that it will increase broadband speed across all plans to a minimum of 2Mbps but there is a really annoying clause attached. This increased speed will be available only for pre-FUP quota. FUP means Fair Usage Policy.
The upgrade will be implemented on 1st of October, 2015 and both existing as well as new customers will be covered under this plan. The problem however will be that once the FUP quota expires, the speed will revert back to the speed of 512 Kbps, which is something, BSNL users have been resenting for years.
So, what is it? Is it really good?
Let us find out. According to the new plan, FUP quota is pre-allotted and varies from 1GB to 12 GB of high speed bandwidth. Beyond that, the bandwidth is reverted back to 512Kbps. There are several plans wherein, there is no such thing called FUP quota. A flat speed of 512 Kbps is maintained throughout.
Now, those plans that have FUP quota have limited bandwidth. 1 GB to 12 GB of data can be used within a few hours of usage, especially if someone uses torrent websites for downloading a movie. Again, there are people who use services like WeTransfer for transferring large files – sometimes up to several GBs of data. So, the defined FUP quota by BSNL is virtually useless for those people.
Let us find out the upgrade plans that BSNL is promising:
|BSNL Plan Name||Current Bandwidth||Current FUP Quota||Upgrade Promised.||To be Implemented|
|FUP Quota||Post FUP Base Bandwidth|
|BB Home Combo ULD 899CS37||512 Kbps||1 Mbps till first 6 GB of data.||2 Mbps till first 6 GB of data.||512 Kbps||Pan India|
|BBG Combo ULD 845||512 Kbps||1 Mbps till first 6 GB of data.||2 Mbps till first 6 GB of data.||512 Kbps||Pan India|
|BB Home Combo UL 775CS36||512 Kbps||NIL||2 Mbps till first 1 GB of data.||512 Kbps||Pan India|
|BB Home UL 645 CS35||512 Kbps||NIL||2 Mbps till first 1 GB of data.||512 Kbps||Pan India|
|BBG Combo UL 5500 CS73||512 Kbps||NIL||2 Mbps till first 1 GB of data.||512 Kbps||Pan India|
|BBG Combo UL 675||512 Kbps||NIL||2 Mbps till first 1 GB of data.||512 Kbps||Pan India|
|BBG UL 545||512 Kbps||NIL||2 Mbps till first 1 GB of data.||512 Kbps||Pan India|
|BBG Rural Combo UL 650||512 Kbps||NIL||2 Mbps till first 1 GB of data.||512 Kbps||Pan India|
|BBG Combo ULD 845||512 Kbps||1 Mbps till first 12 GB of data.||2 Mbps till first 12 GB of data.||512 Kbps||Cuddappah, Karimnagar, Ongole, Khammam, Adilabad, Nalagonda, Nizamabad, Mahboobnagar, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam of AP Circle.|
|BBG Combo ULD 675||512 Kbps||1 Mbps till first 10 GB of data.||2 Mbps till first 10 GB of data.||512 Kbps|
|BBG ULD 545||512 Kbps||1 Mbps till first 10 GB of data.||2 Mbps till first 10 GB of data.||512 Kbps||Nellore, Warangal, Anantapur, Kurnool, Tirupati of AP Circle.|
If you ask us, reverting back to 512 Kbps post FUP quota makes no sense and BSNL will continue to lose customers. What do you think? Is this really an effective strategy? Will this increase in pre-FUP quota speed become a game changer for BSNL? Let us know in the comments section.