India’s telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has taken a step forward in makeing the Internet more available for to the masses in India. The internet data cards which the company sells will now be available at a cheaper price as BSNL has announced new reduced the prices for it’s Internet data cards. The standard Edge/GPRS data card will now cost Rs. 1600 (Rs. 400 less as compared to the previous price of Rs. 2000) and the cost of the 3G Triband data card has been reduced to Rs 2,000 from Rs. 2,500.
However the real reason behind the reduction in the prices of these data cards are the fact that the Chennai division of BSNL has lost more than 15,000 subscribers from the ongoing Mobile Number Portability scheme. The company feels that reduction in these prices may result in some new connections. Chennai alone has a subscriber base of 17 lakh BSNL users.
Apart from this, BSNL has also launched a audio/video conference software suite called Meeting Junction in association with it’s partner – Silk Media. This software is available only for the post-paid subscribers of BSNL. This new offering from BSNL takes advantage of Internet data and clubs it with video and audio to provide a true Conferencing experience.