BSNL will offer a minimum broadband speed of 2 Mbps from October 1. BSNL customers will get the upgraded speeds at no additional cost.
The company currently offers a minimum speed of 512 kbps and the move is part of its efforts for revival.
Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the facility in Gurgaon.
The BSNL’s move came in the light of Narendra Modi government’s Digital India initiatives.
However, the Economic Times points out that the 2 mbps speed will apply to pre-FUP (Fair Usage Policy) data consumption following which speeds will be throttled to 512 kbps. The 2 mbps speed will be available for 1 GB or beyond plans and it will be throttled to 512 kbps after reaching the cap.
Given the hyper competition in the marker, BSNL’s announcement may also let private operators to offer higher speed at lower cost.
Sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is also expected to soon redefine the definition of broadband speed, which is currently 512 kbps.
BSNL is on a revival path and the company has added about 15 lakh mobile customers in last few months as against 7-8 lakh subscribers per month.