Kannur: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to hike the monthly landline tariff from November 1.
The number of calls under the free night-calling facility will also be cut down by half.
The Rs 120, Rs 140 landline plans in the rural category and the Rs 160 plan in the urban category would be dearer by Rs 20 each. The hike will not affect the urban landline customers using the Rs 220 scheme.
The fixed monthly charges for the Economy, Special, One India landline schemes, and various broadband plans will remain unchanged.
However, the revision of the unlimited night-calling facility will be applicable to all landline plans, in both rural and urban areas.
The country’s largest state-owned telecommunications service provider also intends to overhaul its landline services by investing over Rs 400 crore.
Under the new scheme, BSNL mobile subscribers will be extended the free night-calling benefits offered on their landline phone.
Customers can avail themselves of the free night calling facility from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. to any place in India to all networks, including mobile phones, by syncing their mobile and fixed line connections. It will enable the subscribers receive their landline calls on mobile phones.
The public sector undertaking was forced to go for an overhaul after it failed to strengthen the landline customer base despite offering free-night calls. However, the company could check the decline in landline connections.
It is also poised to strengthen and expand its 3G coverage across the country.