Bharat Telecom in Mauritius has finally made their broadband internet offers (named Bees) publicly available and that’s after a 6 months waiting period. In March 2012, the company came up with a publicity gimmick claiming that they will be offering a 2 Mbps broadband connection starting at only Rs 280/month. Obviously that was an eye catching claim and the launch was scheduled for May 2012.
Better late than never, and 6 months later, BTL’s new website Bees.mu has been updated with the official package pricings.
BTL Bees Plans
If you are a regular internet user, then forget about the Starter and Upgrade plans. These two starting plans have a monthly bandwidth limit of 3Gb (seriously?) and 6Gb respectively and are good enough only for those who surf the internet on and off. The 3rd plan, Performance, however have all those we’ll need:
- A claimed (we have not verified it yet) 2Mbps connection
- An unlimited bandwidth usage per month
Here’s the slap though: This package will cost about Rs 1219/month and is very far from the hyped Rs 280/month mentioned some months ago. Yes, Rs280/month is for the cheapest plan with a 3Gb bandwidth usage per month. And they forgot to mention about the CEB fee of Rs95 + VAT. With the rental fee and VAT, the cheapest plan of BTL is at Rs 402/month.
Comparing with MyT and Emtel
Let’s be honest here, even if they are 6 months late, Bharat Telecom is the ISP which is currently offering the cheapest broadband plan as at right now (October 2012).
ISP Name Cheapest Plan 2Mbps Plan Unlimited
Bharat Telecom Bees Rs 402/month (3GB bandwidth per month and 2Mbps speed) Rs 1219/month
Emtel Wimax Rs 1322/month (Unlimited Usage and 512 Kbps speed) Rs 4500/month
MyT Rs 949/month (Unlimited usage and 1Mbps speed) Rs 1499/month
It’s to be noted that as at now, BTL broadband service is available only in the following regions:
- Quatre Bornes
I think they deserve a try. We can grab the Starter plan and try the service first. If the broadband service is reliable and most importantly: the customer care service is UNLIKE Orange Mauritius (which sucks), then yes, BTL is in for a real battle of the ISPs in Mauritius. What do you think?