Caltiger.com announced suspension of free Internet services and "officially'' introduced Caltiger Gold, a paid "premium Internet service''.
According to company sources, monthly, six-monthly and yearly packages were on offer for Rs 200, Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,800, respectively. Subscribers can surf the Net for an unlimited period even as a free holiday was being offered with every subscription.
From a level of 750,000 Internet subscribers during its free-ISP regime, Caltiger's Net subscriber base has slumped to 20,000 after it ceased to be a free ISP since December 10.
Despite this, Caltiger was hopeful of generating revenues in excess of the total income - from network sales as well as advertisements - of Rs 17 crore notched in 2000-2001.
The optimism stems from plans to introduce a host of "value-added services'' in the days ahead. These include Internet faxes and unified messaging services, the latter especially for corporates. During the nine months ended December 31, it has managed to record a turnover Rs 12 crore.
Source: Business Line