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BSNL and MTNL launch cheap broadband service in India

1/14/2005 09:49:00 AM, posted by anand

BSNL has launched their broadband service under the name of DataOne. The service will initially be provided in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. It will expand over to 15 cities by end of the month and over 200 cities by end of the fiscal year.

The home users can avail bandwidth of minimum download speed of 256 Kbps at Rs 500 per month without security deposit while business users will have to shell out Rs 120 monthly with 2 months rental as security deposit. The DataOne broadband service for the home segment will have four monthly tariff plans of Rs.500, Rs.1000, Rs.1800 and Rs.3300 while the corporate users will have plans starting from Rs.1200, Rs.3000, Rs.5000 to Rs.9000 depending on the data speed, data download-upload limit and additional usage charges.

The only sucker so far, with BSNL's service, is that they have upload/download limits on the connection. For example, on the 256 Kbps connection you can upload or download a maximum of 1 GB of data.

MTNL will provide broadband services under "Tri Band" in 8 tariff plans. The monthly charges will range from Rs 749 to Rs 42,999 with bandwidth spanning from 256 Kbps to 2.0 Mbps with unlimited hour-free monthly usages.

I think the broadband connections are going to be lapped up by hi-speed starved people in India. Although, 256 kbps speed is nothing to brag about, its a far better proposition for people who are used to their measly 56 kbps and not being able to use the telephone while connected to the net. The interesting thing to see is now what services do content providers come up with once this thing starts rolling.

Food for thought: What if you send over a Vongage/Packet 8/Lingo router over to India and assign them a telephone area code that is local to you, here. Then call folks in India over that router for almost free (provided if you can make free local calls). They can also have unlimited free calling to US and India. Howzzat?
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