The Indian Minister of Communications, Shri Dayanidhi Maran, announced on Friday that the two state-owned telcos, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), will simultaneously launch cut-price broadband services throughout India from 15 January 2005. The 256 kbps internet services will be launched by BSNL in Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, and by MTNL in Delhi and Mumbai. According to the minister, the price will be set at around one sixth of the usual monthly broadband tariff. The new initiative will form part of the government’s new internet policy aimed at increasing the number of broadband users in the country to over ten million by 2007.
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