Broadband price war gets bigger
Bangalore: The new entrant in the broadband battle is state owned telecom operator MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam), which has slashed its broadband prices for home users in Mumbai. Attracting internet users with cheap broadband connections has been the bone of contention between most service providers in India. Only last month, it was Airtel that was offering high bandwidth at low prices. MTNL has announced that it will slash tariffs on 'home unlimited broadband' plans, and has also doubled the speed for current users of these plans. The new tariffs will come into effect from the first of September 2009. According to the new broadband tariffs, those using broadband speed of up to 512 Kbps will have to pay 999, for speed up to one Mbps, 1,599, for two Mbps, 3,999 and up to four Mbps, 9,999. Users wishing to maintain current broadband speed will have to call MTNL customer care at 1504 and send request for the same. Last month, Airtel had slashed its broadband price for 512 Kbps by 31 percent. Currently it is offering 512 Kbps at 1099 (earlier 1599) along with free VAS (Value Added Services) bundles worth 500 every month. One Mbps is being offered at 1699 (earlier 2, 999). Apart from Airtel, Sify and You Telecom also slashed their broadband prices recently. MTNL's price reduction plan which is now applicable only to the Mumbai circle will soon be rolled out in Delhi also.