[AI] MTNL cuts call, broadband rates

FARHAN m_farhanahmed26 at yahoo.ca
Mon Feb 4 06:16:29 EST 2008

very excelent..
but this is just for indeia,and i'm from pakistan...
by the way,sweety,can you introduce yourself?
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From: "sweety bhalla" <sweety.bhalla at ifciltd.com>
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Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 9:39 AM
Subject: [AI] MTNL cuts call, broadband rates

> MTNL cuts call, broadband rates
> PTI | January 31, 2008 | 16:32 IST
> Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited announced on Thursday a slew of offers 
> which includes cut in rates of its services like mobile, landline, 
> broadband, IPTV
> and VoIP.
> "Most of the private mobile operators have reduced their call rates to Re 
> 1 per minute. We have gone a step further by fixing the rate to 90 paise 
> per minute
> from our Dolphin and Trump mobile phones. This will help us increase our 
> customer base," MTNL Executive Director J Gopal told reporters in Mumbai.
> MTNL had earlier reduced the call charges from Trump to MTNL landline from 
> Rs 1.50 per minute to 90p per minute from January 1 this year. However 
> from January
> 26, a flat rate of 90p per minute is applicable to calls to any local 
> number of Mumbai across all operators.
> It has also reduced call rate to MTNL Delhi. Call rates from Dolphin 
> post-paid has been reduced from Rs 1.65 to as low as 30 paise per minute 
> and calls
> to MTNL Delhi from Trump prepaid are 90 paise per minute against earlier 
> Rs 2 per minute.
> "We have a total 37 lakh subscriber base of which there are 14 lakh mobile 
> subscribers. With these initiatives, we aim to add another 1.5 to 2 lakh 
> subscribers
> by March-end," Gopal said.
> To improve its service, the telecom major is adding seven and a half lakh 
> switching capacity for mobile network to existing 13.25 lakh and 300 base 
> transmission
> stations for radio network to its existing 512.
> Company's other initiative include reduction in download charges of GPRS 
> from 2p per kb to 1p kb for both pre-paid and post-paid customers. With 
> effect
> from January 7, MTNL has started offering Combo Plans on landline 
> services. In this plan the customers can get combination of landline, 
> Broad Band, IPTV
> and VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol which helps in making ISD calls at 
> cheaper rates) at lower rates.
> Four such Combo Plans have been launched. Combo Broadband offers free 200 
> landline calls and 400 MB download in Rs 500 per month. Combo IPTV offers 
> Landline
> with Broadband and IPTV services with 150 plus TV channels at Rs 500 per 
> month.
> Combo VoIP -- offers Landline, Broadband and VoIP with 100 free landline 
> calls and 400 min of VoIP talk time in just Rs 400 per month, he said.
> Combo Triple offers Landline, Broadband, VoIP and IPTV at Rs 750 only 
> where the customers can get 400 MB free download, free over 150 TV 
> channels and 400
> min of free VoIP talktime.
> Another important initiative which became effective from January 29 is a 
> free Trump SIM card as a loyalty scheme for all its existing Dolphin, 
> Trump, landline
> and Garuda customers. This offer has been introduced to reward the loyal 
> MTNL customers and extend the existing relationship with customers. The 
> free SIM
> card worth Rs 150 comes with a talk time of Rs 53 with a talktime validity 
> of 10 days, he added.
> (Sweety Bhalla)
> Assistant Manager
> New Delhi India
> E-Mail sweety.bhalla at ifciltd.com
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