Fuelling the tariff war, state-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) today launched per second billing for its postpaid customers. The plan applies to international calls as well.
Aimed at garnering more subscribers, BSNL has waived off registration fee for new postpaid connections, while the security deposit (for local and STD calls) has been slashed to Rs 500 from Rs 1,000, BSNL said in a statement.
The security deposit is refundable to BSNL customers from sixth month onwards, it added.
"Per second billing will be an advantage for customers. BSNL has introduced per second pulse in postpaid plan 225. ISD calls are now available on per second pulse making it more affordable and attractive," BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal said.
The latest round of tariff war was triggered by Tata DoCoMo, which offered per-second billing plan of one paisa for both local and STD calls.
Other telecom operators followed suit with Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel and state-run MTNL offering per second billing plans.
BSNL has redesigned its Plan 525 for corporate customers with 15 second pulse in addition to free calls worth Rs 350. The call charges are 30 paise/min (local) and 50p/min (STD).
BSNL would offer 300 minutes incoming and outgoing calls are allowed on national roaming, the statement added.