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Launches 4Mbps connection @ Rs 899.In a move that could raise the bar for broadband services in the country, Bharti Airtel is launching a 4 Mbps wire line connection for just Rs 899 a month starting Friday.
The company has also decided to make its existing broadband connections 50 per cent cheaper by doubling the speeds being offered to subscribers, without any additional cost.
Therefore, all of Bharti's existing subscribers on 256 Kbps connection will automatically get upgraded to 512 Kbps speed at no extra charge by the end of June.
Those who are currently on 512 kbps will start getting 1 Mbps; and 1Mbps subscribers will get speeds of 2Mbps.
Speaking to Business Line Mr. K. Srinivas, Joint President-Telemedia Services, Bharti Airtel, “We are massifying the broadband experience by enabling users to access higher speeds at affordable rates. Our data shows that more and more customers want higher speeds. Average usage per customer has also increased by 40 per cent.
“Therefore, we are redefining broadband speeds in India by upgrading all our subscribers to 512 Kbps even as the telecom regulator defines broadband as 256 Kbps.”
The 4Mbps connection to be launched by Airtel is also 30-40 per cent cheaper compared with current market rates. With a 4Mbps connection users can download a 1 GB movie in 34 minutes compared with 9 hours taken in case of 256 Kbps speed.
For Rs 899 a month, subscribers can download up to 6 GB of data after which the users has the option to pay at the rate of 10 paise for every additional MB downloaded or move to a 256 Kbps speed till the new billing cycle starts.......
(6 GB not bad with like this high speed)
According to industry estimates, the median for broadband usage per user is about 4 GB a month.
Battle for speed
Over the past six months, telecom players have got engaged in a battle for speed. Recently a Mumbai-based Internet Service Provider –Tikona launched a 2Mbps speed connection priced between Rs 299 and Rs 1,249 depending on the download usage.
Tata Teleservices Maharashtra had introduced a 100 Mbps line in Mumbai, ..... while State-owned BSNL is offering 24Mbps connection for Rs 9,999.
There are also a bunch of CDMA operators who are offering 3G-enabled dongles with an average throughput of 1 Mbps speed for about Rs 1,500. Bharti Airtel's new 4Mbps offer will be rolled out in phases starting with four cities.
The move is expected to prompt other players to come out with their own plans and offers over the next few days. At the end of December, Bharti had over a million broadband subscribers across 95 cities.
The Hindu Business Line : Bharti doubles broadband speeds at no extra cost