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Public sector telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) is to partner with local cable operators (LCOs) for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in remote areas of Jharkhand, as competition in broadband hots up in India.

bsnl logo 13 July 2018The telecommunications operator would use the last mile fibre network of LCOs to expand its broadband network in Dumka, Deoghar, Daltanganj, Hazaribagh, Ramghar, Lather, and Garwha. BSNL currently provides FTTH based broadband services in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad.

The public sector telco is reportedly revamping its FTTH offerings to counter the launch of Reliance Jio’s rival broadband service Jio GigaFiber. GigaFiber is rolling out in 1,100 cities across India with claimed speeds of up to 1Gbps. As well as broadband services and Ultra HD video for mobile devices, the service will work on TVs through a GigaTV set-top box. A microphone-enabled TV remote will enable voice commands, and GigaFiber-powered TVs will also be able to make calls to other TVs, phones and tablets powered by the service, according to Reliance Jio.

Meanwhile, BSNL currently offers broadband connections at speeds of 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps. It is offering customers an extra 2 GB data on all special tariff vouchers (STV) until 15 August, as well as unlimited voice calling for all fibre broadband plans.

Jio is inviting registrations for GigaFiber starting 15 August from Jio.com and MyJio.