Coimbatore, first to get Fibre to the Home service
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Coimbatore, on Friday launched the Fibre to the Home service for the first time in Tamil Nadu.
The service provides 100 Mbps broadband, voice call facility and Internet Protocol Television providing television channels to the television from the Optic Fibre Cable.
The service was launched by Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore, N. Kannan at a function held at Brooke Fields Mall in the city. M. Balasubramanian, Director of Brooke Fields, K. Mahesh of RMKV Silks, P.T. Mathews, Principal General Manager of BSNL and G. Muraleedharan, General Manager of BSNL, were present at the function.
Mr. Mathews explaining the service of Fibre to the Home said for the first time in Tamil Nadu optic fibre cable would be laid from the exchange to the door step of the customer to provide high speed internet up to 100 Mbps bandwidth.
In addition, voice call service and IPTV service would be also made available.
The base tariff for availing the same is Rs. 550 per month. Broadband plans with fixed monthly charge of Rs. 499 and above and 10 per cent of the monthly fixed charges shall be payable for broadband. Voice telephone services would be according to the existing landline phones and IPTV is according to the existing plans.
The entry cost is activation and installation charges of Rs. 1,500. It will be Rs. 750 for customers who make payment in advance for six months and will be free for customers who make the payment in advance for 12 months.
Recurring charges will be ONT modem charges of Rs. 100 per month but free up to March 31, 2011 and usage charges are as per the plan chosen.
Mr. Mathews said BSNL had optic fibre cables on almost all roads and the work would be just to take a small length of the cable from the road to the doors of the subscriber.
There would not be any constraint or delay in taking the services to the customers owing to works such as cable laying and the services could be instantly rolled out across the city, he said.