BSNL to discontinue prepaid broadband plans and 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 only available on the DSL (digital subscriber line) segment and subscribers have unlimited access to high-speed broadband Internet without monthly bills. It is reported that, due to the prepaid broadband subscriber base being very small, BSNL decided to drop the offer altogether and switch existing customers to postpaid. BSNL prepaid broadband service comes with benefits such as mobility, Internet rate control, DSL broadband connection sharing and much more.

KeralaTelecom reports that BSNL authorities have directed all telecommunications circles to act and migrate all existing prepaid DSL broadband customers to postpaid DSL broadband. Your existing prepaid account balance will be transferred as a credit to your new postpaid account. The report says that interested customers can even opt for the BSNL Bharat Fiber (FTTH) or Bharat Air Fiber (BAF) connection as DSL broadband connections have limitations on maximum download and upload speeds. We contacted the PSU to comment on the reported movement.

As mentioned, BSNL is making this change as the customer base in the prepaid broadband segment is very small. This is despite prepaid broadband packages starting at Rs. 200. These plans allowed users to connect to their nationwide broadband account on an Internet-enabled phone line. These prepaid broadband plans also allow you to share your DSL connection with a group of prepaid broadband customers, such as students, professionals, etc. BSNL has been offering limited and unlimited prepaid broadband plans to subscribers across India.

To enable a smooth migration from the prepaid DSL broadband connection, BSNL has also introduced a special discount scheme for existing fixed-line customers who are switching to BSNL FTTH. A discount of Rs. The 600 number is being offered to users who are migrating, as well as allowing them to keep their existing landline number.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. His reporting experience spans smartphones, wearables, apps, social media and the entire tech industry. She reports from Mumbai and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecommunications industry. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips and releases can be sent to Most

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