Tata Teleservices Maharastra Ltd has unveiled new USB modems and routers photon-plas-butgifunder the brand name Photon+. Like Reliance’s Netconnect Broadband Plus, these devices are promising wireless broadband with speeds of 3.1 Mbps to Mumbai netizens. The website says Photon+ is available in Bangalore, Jaipur, Chennai, Jammu & Kashmir & North East states too.

The Pricing: Rs 299 per month on a pay as you go plan and Rs 1250 for a freedom plan (unlimited usage). Tata has taken the opportunity to slash rates for night time browsing with a Rs 199 plan compared to RCOM’s Rs 499 a month. Tariffs can be viewed here.

Coverage: The Photon+ router for businesses is priced similarly but has more freedom with coverage. While the USB modem can only be used where Photon+’s service is offered, the router can be used with Tata Indicom’s CDMA 1x network too. Calling it the Wi-Hi zone, where “Hi” is short for high speed internet access, the company will charge users Rs 2 per extra Mb downloaded through the CDMA network and Rs 3 within Photon+ network coverage area.

It has also tied up with Cisco (for its Telepresence) to offer high definition video conferencing to corporates, the release said.

Its Power Launcher range of data modems will bring users speeds of 100 Mbps, through a 1500 km wide area network that covers the city. The products are priced exorbitantly at Rs10,500 per month. The Ethernet network connects 20,000 buildings and is growing.

Digital City: Instead of talking of targets like RCOM did, Tata chose a fraternal approach, discussing how its broadband initiatives are helping make Mumbai a digital city a la Singapore.  Tatas have spent Rs 1750 crore over the past decade on the city.

The operator has over 2 million wireless subscribers in the city, 4 lakh landline customers, and over 1 lakh data card users.

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