Internet service providers (ISPs) welcome the reduction in night time dial-up access charges for Internet connectivity and expect it to drive the usage of the Net. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has announced a 50 per cent reduction in PSTN call charges from 10.30 pm to 6.30 am for all Internet dial-up users. The new rate - Rs 12 an hour instead of the Rs 24 an hour - came into effect on Thursday.
According to sources only 15-20 per cent of the users actually browse during night time and therefore a uniform reduction across board irrespective of the time of the day would help encourage the overall use of Internet in India, he said. The ISP expects around 15 to 20 per cent increase in the usage of its service.
Most of the ISPs echo these sentiments. They also feel that basic service operators sharing the revenues with ISPs for the telecom use driven by them would make a significant difference to the ISP industry.