BSNL Broadband (Internet) Service

BSNL Broadband is one of the most popular broadband services in India. Broadband refers to an internet connection that has capacity to transmit large amount of data at high speed. BSNL Broadband offers upto 2 Mbps minimum download speed for its Broadband connections.

BSNL Broadband uses ADSL(Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) technology that allows copper telephone pairs to be used to provide a broadband connection. Thus, Telephone and Internet access can be used together using this technology. This implies ADSL can run on your existing basic phone (Bfone) line. If you do not have a Bfone connection then you need to get one from BSNL before you can ask for an ADSL broadband connection. Since ADSL uses a different set of frequencies, it does not interfere with telephone conversation. Conversely, making a phone call while accessing the Internet does not affect the speed of the ADSL connection.

ADSL technology also provides ‘always-on’ Internet connection, that is automatically established once the PC and ADSL modem are switched on. Thus you do not need to dial up like when you are using a standard modem connection. But there will be no call charges for Internet access though voice calls will be charged as usual.

ADSL provides high speed downloads. For example, if you are using a 2 Mbps broadband connection, then you will be having a download speed which is 35 times faster than that of normal dial-up connection, about 16 times faster than that of ISDN connection and about 16 times faster than that of DIAS connection. ADSL is an asymmetric technology giving different rates in “down” and “up” directions. This is perfectly fine since we download(browsing, downloading clips, music etc) much more than we upload(a website address, a few clicks etc)

If at your home/business, the same line is used for voice (telephone) and data (internet), then you need to separate out these signals by using a splitter. The splitter will have one output for your telephone and one or more for the ADSL modem which in turn connects to your computer. This comes along with the modem that BSNL provides.

How to get BSNL Broadband Connection?

To get a BSNL Broadband Connection, you need to fill up a registration form and deposit at BSNL customer centers. These forms are available on the BSNL web-site, from customer service centers and franchisees. You can also register online at BSNL website by filling a simple form here.

Once you apply for a BSNL broadband connection, you line will be tested and you will be informed whether you home/business is covered. It normally takes around 5-10 working days for the service to be enabled by BSNL at your local telephone exchange. Once the service is enabled, you will get a Welcome Pack with which you get an installation CD that includes everything you need to get started. If you choose to use your own equipment (e.g. modem or router) then you will need to ensure you have the right software.

When you are connect to the Internet, your PC is automatically allocated an IP(Internet Protocol) address to identify it to the outside world. There are two types of IP addresses, dynamic and static. Dynamic IP changes from session to session while static always remains same. BSNL provides static IP only in Business 5000 and Business 9000 plans.

BSNL Broadband Plans:

There are several different BSNL Broad plans available for Home users and Business users. The speed/tariff plan will depend on the purpose for which you will be using the broadband connection. If you are using it from home or a small office, choosing a plan that offers a download limit of 1 GB is ideal for general surfing and emailing. However, if you are downloading lots of videos or sending very large files, it may be better to choose a broadband plan with even higher capacity. Some broadband plans will let you connect to more than one computer. However, all the users will share the bandwidth allocated to you.

Check out the following BSNL Broadband Plans:

To provide a cost effective service – all ADSL services are contended (shared). These contention ratios are applied in the backbone and international part of the network. A commonly applied contention rate is 50 : 1. All customers are guaranteed the plan rate up to the local exchange or the ADSL equipment to which they are connected. On the shared part of the network a 50:1 contention ratio would mean that a 2 Mbps connection would be shared by 49 others. In reality this is very unlikely to happen and the customer would find the connection much faster than dial-up modems. ADSL relies on individual users not making unreasonable traffic demands on the network to provide fast access speeds for all. If you are not getting the speed you expect, it can be due to the contention ratio but also to many other factors including the congestion at the remote site you are accessing.

What can I download with a 1GB connection?

One GB is 1024 Megabyte or 1073741824 bytes. You can do the following with 1 GB download limit :

  • 1. An average web page is about 50 kilobytes in size – so you could download around 20,000 web pages for 1 gigabyte.
  • 2. An hour of surfing the web would be around 10 megabytes (200 pages) so you could surf non-stop for about 100 hours for 1 gigabyte.
  • 3. An hour of streamed radio would use about 15-20 megabytes.
  • 4. An hour of streamed video uses around 100-150 megabytes.
  • 5. Playing an online game typically uses about 10-15 megabytes per hour.
  • 6. Emails are very small – so 100 emails would be just 1 megabyte – or 100,000 emails for 1 gigabyte! (of course the attachments count extra)
  • 7. A super-high resolution (5-6 megapixel) digital camera JPEG picture or typical MP3 music file is about 2-3 megabytes so you could download 350-500 of these images/music files for 1 gigabyte. Very few users would actually exceed the download limits set.

If you visit sites which are having small graphics and more text then you are downloading very small amount of data. But if you are visiting sites with large graphics or streaming videos then you are downloading higher amount of data.

It is also highly recommended to have have a firewall to protect your computer/network as ADSL provides are “always on”.

Broadband from BSNL is charged monthly, via your BSNL bill. You can choose to pay your BSNL bill by cash, cheque or bank or credit card. Enjoy using BSNL Broadband connection.

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