MTNL Rolls Out New Tariff Scheme For Dolphin

Mumbai: | Updated: Nov 6 2003, 05:30am hrs
State-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has unveiled a host of offers for its subscribers. Among these are a Budget Plan for its cellular service Dolphin apart from schemes on the fixed-line business.

Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, MTNL Mumbais executive director R L Dube said, the Budget Plan would be for the post-paid subscribers.

It will have a monthly rental of Rs 100 and will be launched next week. It will be for a two month period, Mr Dube explained.

Under the Budget Plan, cellular to cellular tariffs, irrespective of distance, are Rs 1.90 per minute. Calls made to a fixed line from a cellular phone will be Rs 1.90 within the circle. The calls made outside the circle will have tariffs depending on the distance.

Elaborating on the plans for MTNL, Mumbai, Mr Dube pointed out that the objective would be to provide high-quality customer service.

On the fixed line front, MTNL has waived the rental component for those subscribers who disconnect their lines. For a three month period, the company has launched an only incoming facility at a monthly rental of Rs 100.

On the anvil are broadband services and the SMS facility on the fixed line connections. We are planning to launch our broadband services using the ADSL technology by the end of this month, said Mr Dube.

As reported earlier, the capacity expansion for its cellular and limited mobility services (branded Garuda) is underway. Both these services will expand by about four lakh lines each at an approximate cost of Rs 8,000 per line.

The limited mobility services have not been offered since there has been a shortage of handsets. The new handsets from Kyocera will be coming in shortly, Mr Dube added.