BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said that lifetime free voice plans will be offered from 2017
India's national telecom service Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is all set to cut its tariffs to compete with Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio, according to Indian media reports.
BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava told the media, "We are closely observing the market as well as Jio's performance. We will also come up with lifetime free-voice plans from the new year as part of fresh offerings."
"We plan to be even lower than the Jio plan, and this could be by Rupees 2-4," he said.
Before the launch, Mukesh Ambani had said that Jio would be available for free until December 31, even as the network tests continue.
Jio's roaming charge is free for now and a base rate of Rupees 50 ($0.7468) per gigabyte of data will be charged later. For people who use more data, the price will fall even more.
However, BSNL is planning to top this by offering free voice calls, but unlike Jio it will offer this to 2G, 3G and 4G subscribers.