August 12, 2022
BSNL to discontinue prepaid broadband plans, migrate existing users to postpaid: Report

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is reportedly discontinuing all its prepaid broadband services in telecom circles. The prepaid broadband service is available only in the DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) segment and customers get unlimited high speed broadband internet access without monthly bills. It is reported that BSNL has decided to do away with this offer completely and shift the existing customers to postpaid due to very less number of prepaid broadband customers. BSNL prepaid broadband service comes with benefits like mobility, control over internet charges, DSL broadband connection sharing and much more.

keralatelecom reports BSNL officials have directed all telecom circles to take action and migrate all existing prepaid DSL broadband customers to postpaid DSL broadband. The existing prepaid account balance will be transferred to their new postpaid account as credit. The report said that interested customers can also opt for a BSNL Bharat Fiber (FTTH) or Bharat Air Fiber (BAF) connection as the DSL broadband connection has limits on maximum download and upload speeds. We have contacted the PSU for comment on the reported move.

As mentioned, BSNL is taking this step as the subscriber base in the prepaid broadband segment is very small. This is despite prepaid broadband packs starting from as low as Rs. 200. These plans allowed users to connect to their broadband accounts from across the country over an Internet-enabled telephone line. These prepaid broadband plans also allow sharing of DSL connection with a group of prepaid broadband customers like students, professionals etc. BSNL was offering both limited and unlimited prepaid broadband plans for customers across India.

BSNL is also said to have introduced a special discount scheme for existing landline customers migrating to BSNL FTTH, to enable smooth migration from prepaid DSL broadband connections. A discount of Rs 600 is reportedly being offered to users who are migrating, while also allowing them to retain their existing landline numbers.

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