MTNL introduces Night Unlimited Calling from Landline services.
After the launch of Unlimited Calling facility from landline & combo landline plans from BSNL another state run telecom PSU MTNL has also decided to pass the benefit of reduced IUC to landline customers in Delhi and Mumbai circles. MTNL landline customers can now make unlimited free calls to any network in Delhi and Mumbai from 10 pm to 7 am from 1st May 2015. Customers will also get to enjoy STD calls to other circles with enhanced pulse rate of 180 sec during night hours which was earlier 60 sec. Just like BSNL , MTNL has also increased the tariffs of landline and combo landline plans while introducing night unlimited feature.These benefits will not be applicable to enterprise services like ISDN/BRA/PRI/PCO/DID/DOD franchisees.
It is after long time that some action is taking place in landline segment which is reducing day by day as market is now concentrated more on mobile services. Landline tariffs are still high as compared to mobile tariffs due high maintenance of fixed line network but they are still viable to operators like BSNL and MTNL as wireline broadband services are based on this network and majority of their revenue comes from landline and broadband. TRAI had recently reduced Interconnect charges to zero in landline segment which encouraged operators to pass on the benefit to customers and make landline services relevant in mobile dominated world. MTNL Mumbai had recently increased the tariffs of its broadband services and now landline customers will also have to shell out more as the new unlimited night calling is clubbed with their plans. MTNL Delhi has increased tariffs of landline as well as combo landline plans from this month. MTNL has 3.5 mn fixed line customers in Mumbai and Delhi circles and commands market share of 13% while BSNL has 16.6 mn landine customers and leads with market share of 62% in wireline segment.
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