Paying Too Much For Internet Access?
I was in US a few months ago and found out that my brother who has an yahoo DSL service is paying $20 (Rs. 900) for UNLIMITED internet access with 1.5 Mbps speed (Just so we are clear. 1.5 Mbps would be 100 times faster then your regular dialup speed)
In India speeds over 1 Mbps is reserved for the Gods and us, mere mortals have to be satisfied with upto 256 Kbps. Why Gods, you may ask?
Well.. if you happen to check out the rates for internet which MTNL Delhi provides you will find out that their 1 Mbps package would make a Rs 19,999 dent in your pocket every month ($450) and if thats not enough, there is no concept of UNLIMITED… for the price you only get a 33GB data download / upload a month, which if you surf daily on a regular basis would last you only 7 days max.
Damn… if you ask an American to pay $450 a month for internet access he would sue the ISP, the government and his neighbor just for the heck!
To top it all, none of our ISP’s offer true broadband service, everyone promises “UPTO” 128 Kbps and so on. TRAI have their own definition of Broadband…
â€œAn â€˜always-on’ data connection that is able to support interactive services including Internet access and has the capability of the minimum download speed of 256 kilo bits per second (kbps) to an individual subscriber from the Point Of Presence (POP) of the service provider intending to provide Broadband service where multiple such individual Broadband connections are aggregated and the subscriber is able to access these interactive services including the Internet through this POP. The interactive services will exclude any services for which a separate licence is specifically required, for example, real-time voice transmission, except to the extent that it is presently permitted under ISP licence with Internet Telephony.â€
Read the whole policy here http://www.trai.gov.in/broadbandpolicy.asp
India is one of the fastest growing countries when it comes to internet, yet we have to pay through our nose to access the net. Remember the time when the calls through a cell phone would cost Rs. 16 both ways? Airtel, Essar etc.. all made a killing. Big brother Reliance stepped in to break the market, this is exactly what is needed in the internet domain except as of now it looks like that all the big companies have a mutual agreement not to reduce prices. Looks like we have to wait for a multinational to step in because even the Gods would not want to pay such a high cost to surf 😉