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BSNL Revises Bharat Fiber FTTH Broadband Plans With Faster Speeds, Up to 4TB Data Allocation

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Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has revised its Bharat Fiber broadband plans to offer additional high-speed data allocation along with faster speeds. The new move brings up to 200Mbps speeds for up to 4TB for BSNL Bharat Fiber customers on a pan-India basis. The state-owned telco has also brought additional revisions specifically for its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) customers in the Chennai circles. BSNL may be able to attract some customers using services of private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) through its latest update. The operator also offers freebies including Disney+ Hotstar Premium access with some of its broadband plans to deliver a competitive portfolio.

As per the revision that has been posted on the BSNL website and was initially reported by Telecom Talk, the 100GB CUL FTTH Bharat Fiber broadband plan that is available at a monthly rent of Rs. 499 brings up to 50Mbps high-speed data access until 100GB. The same plan was earlier offering 20Mbps until 100GB.

The 300GB Bharat Fiber broadband plan at Rs. 779 per month has been upgraded with up to 100Mbps speed, up from 50Mbps. It will also now offer up to 5Mbps speed post crossing the 300GB high-speed data allocation. This is up from the earlier 2Mbps limit. The plan also comes bundled with a Disney+ Hotstar Premium subscription.

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BSNL has also revised the 600GB CUL Bharat Fiber plan with up to 100Mbps speed, up from the previous 50Mbps. The post high-speed data allocation speed has also been revised with the 600GB plan to up to 10Mbps from 2Mbps. The plan is available at Rs. 849 a month.

The 500GB Bharat Fiber FTTH broadband plan has also been upgraded from the existing 50Mbps speed to up to 100Mbps. Just like the 600GB plan, the 500GB Bharat Fiber plan will also provide up to 10Mbps after consuming the given 500GB quota. The plan also includes a free subscription to Disney+ Hotstar Premium and is available at a monthly rent of Rs. 949.

Similarly, the 750GB and 33GB CUL BF BSNL Bharat Fiber plans have been revised with up to 200Mbps speeds until 3.3TB and 4TB, respectively. Both plans earlier provided up to 100Mbps speeds. The 750GB plan is available at Rs. 1,277, whereas the 33GB CUL BF plan is at Rs. 1,999 a month.

BSNL has also revised Fibre Basic, Fibre Value, Fibre Premium, and Fibre Ultra plans specifically for customers in the Chennai circles. The Fiber Basic plan offers 30Mbps speed until 3.3TB, while the Fibre Value plan provides up to 100Mbps along with the same 3.3TB data quota. The Fibre Premium and Fibre Ultra plans, on the other hand, offer up to 200Mbps and 300Mbps speeds until up to 4TB.

The revision in the Chennai circle is on a promotional basis and is valid until December 29. All Bharat Fiber plans notably include unlimited voice calls.


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Vi Brings New International Roaming Packs With Unlimited Data and Calls Starting at Rs. 599

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Vi (formerly known as Vodafone Idea) has introduced new international unlimited roaming packs for its customers on Monday. New Vi Unlimited International Roaming packs range from Rs. 599 to Rs. 5,999. The former comes with 24 hours validity while the latter offers 28 days validity. Customers travelling to countries like UAE, the UK, the US, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Australia, Thailand, and Brazil can opt for these plans. It offers unlimited voice calling support and data on its roaming networks across travel destinations. The Vi Postpaid Roaming Packs come with an Always On feature that is meant to prevent exorbitant rates while on international roaming even after the expiry of the subscribed pack.

The telecom operator on Monday launched a new range of international roaming packs for customers. The Vi international roaming packs start from Rs. 599 with one-day validity to Rs. 5,999 pack that has 28 days validity. They offer unlimited voice calls and data.

At present, Vi provides roaming services in 81 countries with local service providers. It has also unveiled an Always On feature to make sure that subscribers are not charged excessively even after the expiry of subscribed plans. For example, if travellers who have subscribed to the seven-day Vi Postpaid Roaming Pack, have to extend their stay, they can continue to use their phone for voice, SMS and data, and will be charged standard rates till the user’s usage value doesn’t cross Rs. 599. Upon crossing Rs. 599, the user will be billed Rs. 599 for each additional day that they use the International Roaming facility.

According to Vi, RedX postpaid plan customers of Vi can avail international trip every year with seven days Vi International Roaming Free pack worth Rs. 2,999.


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Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom Says to Use Solar, Wind Energy for 5G Mobile Masts in Germany

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Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom are harnessing the power of the wind and the sun at an energy-hungry 5G mobile site in Germany in an effort to guard against soaring electricity costs.

With already high bills only rising further, energy-intensive European companies are looking for innovative ways to secure reliable, low-carbon energy.

Telecom operators have extra motivation to cut costs as they also need to channel $872 billion (roughly Rs. 67,59,700 crore) globally into the rollout of next-generation 5G networks until 2030, to Morgan Stanley.

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“Energy costs for our sector are around $25 billion (roughly Rs. 1,93,768 crore) per year, probably closer to $30 billion (roughly Rs. 2,32,522 crore), at current energy prices,” Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Ericsson’s head of sustainability, said in an interview. “So it is sort of on the same magnitude as the investment in radio equipment and other things.”

Ericsson said the 5 kilowatt wind turbine and solar modules could theoretically power the entire site of Dittenheim, around 120 miles (roughly 193 kilometres) north of Munich in the state of Bavaria.

Twelve square metres of solar panels have already been operating for a year, supplying about 10 percent of the required energy.

Backup when the wind drops or the sun sets comes from centralised, often fossil-fuel powered, plants via a connection to the main grid.

Scharp said telecom operators can use local renewable energy when market prices are higher — typically during the morning and evening — and rely on the grid when lower demand reduces costs.

The new system could be quickly rolled out to other mobile sites in the future.

Energy costs accounted for around 5 percent of telecom operators’ operating expenditure on average, according to from McKinsey, a figure which is expected to increase as 5G is deployed more widely.

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Broadcom Said to Be in Talks to Acquire VMware

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Chipmaker Broadcom is in talks to acquire cloud service provider VMware, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Negotiations between Broadcom and VMware are ongoing and a deal is not imminent, the sources said. The deal terms under discussion could not be learned.

The acquisition would further diversify Broadcom’s business away from semiconductors and into enterprise software, following its $18.9 billion (roughly Rs. 1,46,591 crore) acquisition of CA Technologies and its $10.7 billion (roughly Rs. 82,997 crore) purchase of Symantec’s security division in the last four years.

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Bloomberg News first reported the deal late on Sunday. Broadcom and VMware did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. As of Friday’s market close, the market capitalisation of VMware was $40.3 billion (roughly Rs. 3,12,598 crore).

Michael Dell is VMware’s biggest investor with a 40 percent stake as a result of Dell Technologies having spun out VMWare to its shareholders last year, according to Refinitiv data.

Private equity firm Silver Lake, which has previously invested in Broadcom, is VMware’s second largest shareholder with a 10 percent stake, Refinitiv data shows.

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