Satyam Infoway is unfazed by the latest 50 per cent slash on access rates from Videsh Sanchar Nigam, the country’s largest ISP. Sify’s ISP — SatyamOnline has decided to hold the rates at the current level.
SatyamOnline continue to be premium product in the market with a price of Rs 900 for 100 hours of Internet access. The going rate of VSNL’s product is Rs 750 for 100 hours. Earlier VSNL was selling at about 50 per cent discount through its `Monsoon magic’ scheme. Those rates have been formalised with the recent 50 per cent price drop.
VSNL’s total subscriber base is now at 5.2 lakh, against SatyamOnline’s 3.2 lakh subscribers as of September 30, 2000. Another leading ISP, Dishnet DSL, which offers 100 hours for Rs 750, is also not looking at any rate hike.