government yesterday announced that Bharat Sanchar Nigam
Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) will
be launching broadband services at a rate of Rs500 a month
for 256 kbps throughout the country starting on January
will launch the services in Delhi and Mumbai and BSNL
will launch it in Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad
to begin with.
was announced by the communications and information technology
minister, Dayanidhi Maran, while addressing the meeting
of the members of the consultative committee attached
to his ministry. The department of telecom is targeting
around 10 million broadband service users by the year
Maran said that while competition was charging Rs3,000
a month for a 256 Kbps connection, the telecom PSUs have
agreed to provide the same services at Rs500 a month.
has tied up with a number of technology providers and
franchisees to offer broadband services. Maran said that
has relaxed the conditions for outdoor use of frequencies
to promote Wi-MAX and Wi-Fi.