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According to the most recent information, the PSU has chosen to forgo annual recurring fees for private APN.

BSNL has revised tariff plans to waive off annual ordinary fees for non-public APNs.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced the revision in tariff plans for eSIM playing cards for IoT (Internet of Things) & M2M (Machine to Machine) applications. As in line with the latest information, the PSU has determined to waive off annual ordinary prices for non-public APNs.

Earlier, BSNL become supplying differential fees for non-public APNs primarily based totally at the variety of eSIM / SIM playing cards bought with the aid of using clients. Now BSNL has determined to rate Rs 10,000/- most effective for non-public APNs with none extra routine fees. As in line with the vintage tariff plan, a patron wishes to pay annual routine fees further to a one-time rate. The revised fees are relevant for all the present in addition to new clients with impact from 2d July 2021 onwards.

IoT/M2M Services

IoT / M2M offerings are the ones that require communique among or greater devices (machines) without the intervention of a human. It is the spine of the Internet of Things (IoT), and it wishes connectivity from telecom carrier companies for this communique to happen. M2M / IoT offerings are the destiny sales possibilities for telecom carrier companies and for this reason TRAI carried out a devoted 13-digit numbering sample for M2M offerings.

BSNL M2M / IoT SIM Cards

According to customer demand, BSNL will provide two types of SIM cards for M2M and IoT applications.

  • 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?

M2M devices include e-SIMs. The producers of the devices will upload the soft e-SIM profiles that BSNL will supply onto the actual e-SIM cards. The e-SIM manufacturer is chosen by the M2M service provider on its own. The device maker and M2M service provider will each get soft e-SIM profiles from BSNL, who will then burn the e-SIM profiles onto physical devices and provide them to the M2M service provider.

(A) BSNL Prepaid Tariff Plans for M2M and IoT Services
Plan NameFree Mobile Data Per MonthFree On-net SMS Per Month10-10,000 SIMs10,001-50,000 SIMsMore than 50,001 SIMs
IOT 110 MB50201816
IOT 250 MB100222018
IOT 3 100 MB200242220
IOT 4300 MB500312825
IOT 5500 MB1000353230
IOT 61 GB1000625650
IOT 75 GB10001009080
IOT 810 GB2000150135120
IOT 925 GB2000200180160
IOT 1060 GB2500250225200
Private APN charges for M2M/IoT Services
One Time Charge for each Private APNRs 10,000/-
Annual Recurring Charge for each Private APNNIL
Additional Usage Fees After Free Use in BSNL Area for BSNL M2M / IoT Service
Data Charges after free usage1 paisa / 10KB for Home LSA and National Roaming
SMS Charges after free SMS limit & Off-net SMS15 paisa per SMS
Outgoing Voice Calls (On-net & Off-net)30 paisa per 60 sec
Incoming Voice CallsFREE

APN Requirements

Access Point Name is referred to as APN. A layer of protection is added to all the devices on your network via an APN, which serves as a go-between for a specific network and the devices attempting to connect to it. The proper SIM card is the first step in using an APN. A SIM card that has been appropriately configured is required for every device that wishes to connect to an APN network. Without also having access to your APN network, no one can connect to your IoT devices. In addition to reducing network congestion, having a private APN network means that you will only be sharing it with your other devices.

  • Any new client using M2M/IoT services will be given a specific, fixed APN.
  • In compliance with DoT regulations, the special APN must be whitelisted with a group of four IP addresses.
  • Any client who is currently utilizing the default APN should switch to a unique APN.

Pooling of Data SMS Benefits

Additionally, BSNL provides the ability to combine Data or SMS benefits offered by several IoT/M2M SIM cards. The buyer does have the option to choose, though. Data and SMS benefit sharing is permitted with a 10% plan price extra. Benefits from several IOT schemes cannot be combined. This implies that only IoT/M2M SIM cards that are in the same tariff plan are eligible for pooling.

Minimum Hire Period, Different Payment Plans, and Activation Fees

One year is the bare minimum hire duration. In all IoT and M2M plans, customers have a variety of choices to select from, including annual, half-yearly, and quarterly recharge. Bills for post-paid services should only be issued for bulk connections rather than for each IoT/M2M SIM. exact options for a half-year, a quarter, and a whole year. (For instance, if FMC is Rs. 31, half-yearly = Rs. 316, quarterly = Rs. 313, and annually = Rs. 312). There won’t be any further activation fees for the client to pay.

Charges for Static IP and VPN over M2M Service

IoT/M2M connections won’t receive public static IPv4 addresses from BSNL. However, according to the following price, each SIM will receive a static IPv6 address.

BSNL Prepaid Tariff Plans for M2M and IoT Services
For Number of SIMs
Sl NoCharges for static public IPv6 address per SIM10-10,000 SIMs10,001-50,000 SIMsMore than 50,001 SIMs
1MonthlyRs 2.00/-Rs 1.50/-Rs 1.00/-
2AnnualRs 24.00/-Rs 18.00/-Rs 12.00/-
Charges for the first creation of a virtual routing and forwarding (VRF)
For Number of SIMs
One Time VRF Creation Charges10-10,000 SIMs10,001-50,000 SIMsMore than 50,001 SIMs
One Time VRF creation charges for each VRFRs 20,000/-Rs 15,000/-Rs 10,000/-

Customers that request a VPN through M2M must pay the fees shown in the above table in accordance with their needs. All telecom circles must immediately comply with the aforementioned fees. The execution of these tariff plans follows the Telecom Tariff Orders, recommendations, and clarifications periodically provided by TRAI.

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

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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