customers in Mumbai and Delhi have can look forward to
a downward revision in their bills. When it seemed that
cell tariffs couldn''t go down further Reliance came in
with its cutthroat prepaid offer forcing other mobile
operators to drop their rates, as well.
MTNL has joined the war. It has left other far behind
in beating down the price to below Re1. In the mobile
category, MTNL has slashed tariffs by about 37 per cent
to 58 per cent in the post-paid category and by 29 per
cent to 57 per cent in the pre-paid segment.
has brought down its cellular tariffs to Rs0.80 per minute
from Rs1.90 per minute for post-paid users within its
own network and to Rs1.20 per minute from Rs1.90 per minute
to other cellular networks.
new tariffs for pre-paid users have been proposed at Rs0.90
paise a minute as against the existing rate of Rs2.10
per minute within its own network and to Rs1.50 to other
networks from Rs2.10 per minute charged currently. Thus
on a Rs324 prepaid card, users can get talk-time worth
the fixed line category, MTNL has increased the pulse
duration for calls from fixed lines to mobiles to 90 seconds
from the existing 60 seconds. At present, MTNL charges
Rs1.20 per minute for calls from a fixed line to a mobile
has also reduced STD tariffs for both fixed line and GSM
networks to a flat rate of Rs2.40 per minute, irrespective
of distance, which is an effective reduction of 50 per
cent in the highest distance slab.
rentals will continue at Rs100. The scheme will benefit
4.37 lakh customers in Delhi and Mumbai. The new tariffs
are applicable from October 2, 2004.
says its new tariffs are the cheapest in the industry,
as it is not levying hidden costs like additional monthly
says the new network will have features of GPRS (General
Packet Radio Service) for high-speed data transmission
and subsequently made EDGE (Enhanced Data Rate for GSM
Evolution) enabled. It will offer various value-added
services like multi-media messaging, colour logos and
polyphonic ring tones.
According to MTNL it has a capacity of 2,25,000 GSM lines
Delhi and Mumbai and is expanding its capacity by 4,00,000
lines each in the two metros. The new capacity will be
commissioned on October 2.