Broadband getting cheaper and cheaper

I am sorry for not blogging for quite few days. I was busy with our new office and some work related to Inferno. Now the team will take it from here. My part if over for Inferno and got some time for blogging (Another thing: Today I went for root canal).

Story of the day, there has been some major changes for the broadband services in kolkata. Let me put that into various points (w.e.f from 1st Jan 2007, a very happy new year to all Internet users.)

1) Modem getting cheaper (Modem Rental)
Earlier

Type – I Type – II Type – III Type – IV
Rs. 100 Rs. 150 Rs. 125 Rs. 165

Now

Particulars Type – I Type – II Type – III Type – IV
Modem charges per month* Rs. 60 Rs. 90 Rs. 60 Rs. 90


2) Home plans getting even cheaper
Look at the downloading limits, it is increased 2.5 times. I will getting a downloading limit of 2.5 GB instead of 1.0 GB (which is welcome change). Also the extra charges are reduced.

Earlier

                Particulars
Tariff in Rs.
Home 250
(New)
Home 500
Home 1000
Home 1800
Home 3300
Bandwidth
256 Kbps
256 Kbps
384 Kbps
512 Kbps
1 Mbps
Monthly Charges (Rs)
250
500
1000
1800
3300
Discounted Annual Payment Option   to
Customers (Rs)
2500
5000
10000
18000
33000
Download/ Upload Limit (GB)
0.4 GB
1.0 GB
2 GB
5 GB
10 GB
Additional Usage Charges/MB

Beyond free download/upload limit    (Rs)

1.4
1.2
1.00
0.80
0.80
Free E-mail IDs/Space (Per E-mail ID)
1 / 5 MB
1 / 5 MB
1 / 5 MB
1 / 5 MB
2 / 5 MB
Security Deposit
NIL
NIL
1 month rental
1 month rental
1 month rental
Night Unlimited
(0200 – 0800 Hrs)
Not Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Minimum Hire Period
Three Months
Three Months
One Month
One Month
One Month

Now

                Particulars
Tariff in Rs.
Home 250
(New)
Home 500
Home 1000
Home 1800
Home 3300
Bandwidth
256 Kbps/Up to 2 Mbps
256 Kbps/ Up to 2 Mbps
384 Kbps/Up to 2 Mbps
512 Kbps/Up to 2 Mbps
2 Mbps
Monthly Charges (Rs)
250
500
1000
1800
3300
Annual Payment Option   to Customers
(Rs)
2500
5000
10000
18000
33000
Download/ Upload Limit (GB)
1.0 GB
2.5 GB
5 GB
10 GB
20 GB
Additional Usage Charges/MB
Beyond free download/upload limit    (Rs)
0.90
0.80
0.80
0.70
0.70
Free E-mail IDs/Space (Per E-mail ID)
1 / 5 MB
1 / 5 MB
1 / 5 MB
1 / 5 MB
2 / 5 MB
Security Deposit
NIL
NIL
1 month rental
1 month rental
1 month rental
Night Unlimited
(0200 – 0800 Hrs)
Not Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Minimum Hire Period
Three Months
Three Months
One Month
One Month
One Month

3) business plans getting cheaper
The downloading limits are increased. It will be a great help to smaller companies. I welcome the change.

Earlier

Particulars
Tariff in Rs.
Business 700
(New)
Business 1200 Business 3000 Business 5000 Business
9000
 Bandwidth
256 kbps 256 kbps 512 kbps 1 Mbps 2 Mbps
 Single /Multi User-(SU/MU)

SU SU MU MU MU
 Monthly Charges (Rs)
700 1200 3000 5000 9000
 Annual Payment Option to  Customers
(Rs)
7000 12000 30000 50000 90000
 Download/ Upload Limit (GB)
2 GB 4 GB 10 GB 20 GB 40 GB
 Additional Usage Charges/MB
 Beyond free download/upload  limit (Rs)
1.20 1.00 0.80 0.60 0.60
 Free E-mail IDs/Space (Per   E- mail
ID)
1 / 5 MB 1 / 5 MB 2 / 5 MB 2 / 5 MB 4 / 5 MB
Static IP Address (on request) Not Available Not Available Not Available One One
Web hosting space (on request) Not Available Not Available Not Available 5 MB 5 MB
Domain Name (on request) Not Available Not Available Not Available One One
 Security Deposit One Month rental One Month rental One Month rental One Month rental Rs 5000
 Minimum Hire Period One Month One Month One Month One Month One Month

Now

Particulars
Tariff in Rs.
Business 700
(New)
Business 1200 Business 3000 Business 5000 Business
9000
 Bandwidth
256 kbps/Up to 2 Mbps 256 kbps/Up to 2 Mbps 512 kbps/Up to 2 Mbps 1 Mbps/ Up to
2 Mbps
2 Mbps
 Single /Multi User-(SU/MU) SU SU MU MU MU
 Monthly Charges (Rs)
700 1200 3000 5000 9000
 Annual Payment Option to  Customers (Rs)
7000 12000 30000 50000 90000
 Download/ Upload Limit (GB)
4 GB 8 GB 20 GB 35 GB 75 GB
 Additional Usage Charges/MB
 Beyond free download/upload  limit (Rs)
0.80 0.80 0.50 0.50 0.50
 Free E-mail IDs/Space (Per   E- mail
ID)
1 / 5 MB 1 / 5 MB 2 / 5 MB 2 / 5 MB 4 / 5 MB
Static IP Address (on request) Not Available Not Available Not Available One One
Web hosting space (on request) Not Available Not Available Not Available 5 MB 5 MB
Domain Name (on request) Not Available Not Available Not Available One One
 Security Deposit One Month rental One Month rental One Month rental One Month rental Rs 5000
 Minimum Hire Period One Month One Month One Month One Month One Month

For more details you can visit http://www.calcuttatelephones.com/tariff_broadband.shtml. These changes are required to improve the internet penetration level in India. Computers are getting cheaper as well, now a person can spend Rs 20,000 and get a highly configured computer. Happy surfing.

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