Exclusive: BSNL offers lowest data tariff in India in third quarter 2013, says ABI Research

Telecom service provider BSNL offers the lowest data tariff in India in the third quarter of 2013, said ABI Research.

The state-run BSNL competes with telecoms such as with Bharti Airtel, India’s #1 telecom service provider, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, Aircel, Uninor, MTS India, MTNL, Tata Teleservices, etc.

In the third quarter of 2012, Tata Teleservices was in the top list for lowest data tariffs in India.

Interestingly, India ranked fourth in the list for lowest data tariffs in the world. In Q3 2012, India’s position was third. At present, Indonesia offers the lowest data tariffs. In the third quarter of last year, Singapore had occupied this position. Please see the list below.

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Q3 2013

Q3 2012

Rank Country Service Provider Rank Country Service Provider
1 Indonesia Indosat 1 Singapore M1
2 Philippines Globe 2 Philippine Globe
3 Italy Tre 3 India Tata Teleservices
4 India BSNL 4 Ukraine Mobile Telesystems
5 Russia Yota 5 Indonesia Indosat Tariffs
6 Ukraine Price per MB (Exceed Quota): 6 Austria Telekom Austria
7 Egypt Mobinil 7 Italy Telecom Italia
8 Singapore Singtel 8 Norway Netcom
9 Austria Telekom Austria 9 Egypt Vodafone Egypt
10 Japan KDDI 10 Thailand AIS
11 Hong Kong 3 11 Saudi Arabia QUICKnet Data-SIM Package 5 GB
12 Malaysia DiGi 12 South Korea LG Telecom
13 Thailand AIS 13 Netherlands KPN
14 Norway Netcom 14 Japan KDDI
15 Saudi Arabia STC 15 Sweden Telia
16 South Korea LG Telecom 16 China China Mobile
17 Sweden Telia 17 Canada Rogers Wireless
18 China China Unicom 18 South Africa MTN
19 Canada Bell Mobility 19 Hong Kong one2free (CSL)
20 Turkey Turkcell 20 Russia MTS


“In order to compare across various plans and geographies, a base data consumption of 5GB was selected and the price of downloading this quantity was compared across geographies. Each country was represented by what was found to be the cheapest plan available in-country  for that particular data usage pattern,” said Marina Lu, research associate, ABI Research.

Baburajan K
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