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22 July 2021

BSNL revises eSIM plans for IoT & M2M applications; Waives off annual recurring charges for private APN

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced the revision in tariff plans for eSIM cards for IoT (Internet of Things) & M2M (Machine to Machine) applications. As per the latest information, the PSU has decided to waive off annual recurring charges for private APN.



Earlier, BSNL was offering differential charges for private APN based on the number of eSIM / SIM cards purchased by customer. Now BSNL has decided to charge Rs 10,000/- only for private APN without any additional recurring charges. As per the old tariff plan, a customer need to pay annual recurring charges in addition to one time charge. The revised charges are applicable for all the existing as well as new customers with effect from 2nd July 2021 onwards.
IoT/M2M Services

IoT / M2M services are those which require communication between two or more devices (machines) without the intervention of a human.  It is the backbone of the Internet of Things (IoT) and which needs connectivity from telecom service providers for this communication to happen. M2M / IoT services are the future revenue opportunities for telecom service providers and hence TRAI implemented a dedicated 13-digit numbering pattern for M2M services.


BSNL revises eSIM plans for IoT & M2M applications; Waives off annual recurring charges for private APN


BSNL M2M / IoT SIM Cards

BSNL will be providing two types of SIM cards for M2M / IoT applications depending on the customer requirement.
  • Normal SIM (Physical SIM)
  • eSIM (SIM embedded in M2M smart devices)
Cost of M2M SIM Cards : Physical SIM cards will be issued at Rs 10/- per SIM card whereas e-SIM cards are absolutely FREE.

What are eSIMs?

e-SIMs are embedded in M2M Devices. BSNL will provide soft e-SIM profile, which are subsequently uploaded on physical e-SIMs by the device manufacturers. M2M service provider selects the e-SIM manufacturer on its own. BSNL will supply soft e-SIM profiles to M2M service provider and device manufacturer in turn, burn the e-SIM profile into physical devices and supply it to M2M Service provider.

(A) BSNL Tariff Plans for M2M / IoT Services (Prepaid Tariff)
Plan Name Free Mobile Data Per Month Free Onnet SMS Per Month Plan Charge
(Rs per SIM per Month)
10-10,000 SIMs 10,001-50,000 SIMs More than 50,001 SIMs
IOT 1
  • 10 MB
50 20 18 16
IOT 2

50 MB

100 22 20 18
IOT 3

100 MB

200 24 22 20
IOT 4

300 MB

500 31 28 25
IOT 5

500 MB

1000 35 32 30
IOT 6

1 GB

1000 62 56 50
IOT 7

5 GB

1000 100 90 80
IOT 8

10 GB

2000 150 135 120
IOT 9

25 GB

2000 200 180 160
IOT 10

60 GB

2500 250 225 200
Private APN charges for M2M/IoT Services
One Time Charge for each Private APN Rs 10,000/-
Annual Recurring Charge for each Private APN NIL
BSNL M2M / IoT  Service - Additional Usage Charges After Free Usage in BSNL Area
Data Charges after free usage 1 paisa / 10KB for Home LSA and National Roaming
 
SMS Charges after free SMS limit & Off-net SMS 15 paisa per SMS
Outgoing Voice Calls (On-net & Off-net) 30 paisa per 60 sec
Incoming Voice Calls FREE


APN Requirements

APN stands for Access Point Name. An APN acts as a middle man between a particular network and the devices trying to connect with it, adding a layer of security to all of the devices on your network. Using an APN starts with the right SIM card. Any device that wants to connect to an APN network needs to have a specially programmed SIM. There is no way for someone to connect to your IoT devices without also having access to your APN network. Having a private APN network means that you’ll only be sharing that network with your other devices, which also helps prevent network congestion.
  • Unique, fixed APN will be allocated to any new customer availing M2M/IoT services.
  • The unique APN shall be whitelisted with a set of 4 IPs in accordance with the DoT guidelines.
  • Any existing customer using default APN should be migrated to unique APN.
Pooling of Data SMS Benefits

BSNL also offers pooling of Data or SMS benefits available with individual IoT/M2M SIM cards. However, this choice is optional to customer. For allowing pooling of Data / SMS benefits, 10% surcharge on plan charge will be levied. Pooling of benefits among different IOT plans are not allowed.  It means, pooling is allowed only for IoT/M2M SIM cards which are in the same tariff plan.

Minimum Hire Period, Various Payment Schemes & Activation Charges

Minimum hire period is One Year. Customers can choose from different options like - Annual / Half Yearly / Quarterly recharge in all IoT / M2M plans. For postpaid, bills to be issued only for bulk connection (not to individual IoT/M2M SIM). Exact half yearly, quarterly, and annual options available. (e.g if FMC is Rs 31 then half yearly=31x6, quarterly=31x3, annual=31x12). There shall be no extra activation charges to be paid by customer.

Charges for Static IP and VPN over M2M Service

BSNL will not allot public static IPv4 address to IoT/M2M connections. However, static IPv6 address will be allotted per SIM as per the following tariff.

BSNL Tariff Plans for M2M / IoT Services (Prepaid Tariff)
Sl No Charges for static public IPv6 address per SIM For Number of SIMs
10-10,000 SIMs 10,001-50,000 SIMs More than 50,001 SIMs
1
  • Monthly
Rs 2.00/- Rs 1.50/- Rs 1.00/-
2

Annual

Rs 24.00/- Rs 18.00/- Rs 12.00/-
One Time VRF (Virtual Routing & Forwarding) Creation Charges
One Time VRF Creation Charges For Number of SIMs
10-10,000 SIMs 10,001-50,000 SIMs More than 50,001 SIMs
One Time VRF creation charges for each VRF Rs 20,000/- Rs 15,000/- Rs 10,000/-

Customers requesting VPN over M2M need to pay the charges as mentioned in the above table as per their requirement. The above charges are applicable with immediate effect across all the telecom circles. The implementation of this tariff plans is made in accordance with Telecom Tariff Orders / guidelines / clarifications issued by TRAI from time to time.

M2M / IoT Business Opportunities
  • Vehicle - GPS Tracking System
  • Smart Meters - SIM based on off.
  • Automatic metering - Smart meters
  • Data acquisition sensing - Hydrology
  • POS - Swiping machines
  • SIM based Advertisement in Luxury Buses
  • Fault Passage management system
  • Automatic Demand Management
  • Data Acquisition - SOURA Projects of KSEBL

Dear readers, please share your views and opinons about this latest next generation services launced by BSNL via comments with us. How many of you are familiar with IoT/M2M services?

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