BSNL’s new service will allow you to use data services without Internet connectivity

PW Bureau

State-run telecom firm BSNL has joined hands with French firm Be-Bound to make data connectivity available in areas where there is no Internet

New Delhi: To make data connectivity available in areas where there is no Internet connectivity or signal breaks via SMS, state-run telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has joined hands with French firm Be-Bound. The duo signed a business partnership agreement, under which they will market the service in India, on January 23. The plan is to let users avail the technology through mobile apps. In case there is no data connectivity for SMS-based connectivity, the app will send a command to the Be-Bound server.

Run apps without Internet connection

“We were trying to get SMS based data service technology on our own but learnt that Be-Bound has already developed this technology and has been given a patent for it. This technology is very good to support operations of apps when there is no Internet connection,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said after signing the pact.

“Be-Bound server will facilitate SMS connectivity after getting a command from the app. The app will also send SMS from user’s account because for connectivity we need to send SMS to and fro. We know that there is a limit of 100 SMS per day per subscriber which is sufficient for this service,” Be-Bound Country Manager Harkaran Singh Sachdev said.

Be-Bound using the technology in France

Be-Bound has already commercially launched the service in France and is running a pilot in African countries as well.

“We are in talks with some of the apps and seeing traction from firms in BFSI segment, logistics and others. We have done a proof of concept with some of them and now soon convert them into a commercial agreement,” Sachdev said.