The Government said on Friday that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) would launch broadband services at a rate of Rs 500 a month for 256 Kbps throughout the country starting on January 15.
While MTNL will launch the services in Delhi and Mumbai, BSNL will do it for Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad initially.
This was announced by the Communications and Information Technology Minister, Mr Dayanidhi Maran, while addressing the first meeting of the Members of the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry. The Department of Telecom is targeting around 10 million broadband service users by the year 2007.
Mr Maran said broadband would be another success like the mobile telephone services revolution in the country.
The Minister said that while competition was charging Rs 3,000 a month for a 256 Kbps connection, the telecom PSUs have agreed to provide the same services at Rs 500 a month.
BSNL has tied up with a number of technology providers and franchisees to offer broadband services. Mr Maran said that the Government has relaxed the conditions for outdoor use of frequencies to promote Wi-MAX and Wi-Fi.