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Delhi-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) RI Networks has launched a new fixed line broadband service named Timbl, reports Economic Times. The report mentions that RI Networks has partnered an unnamed US based company for the roll out. The ISP  holds a ‘class A’ license, according to DoT filings, allowing it to operate pan-India. Timbl is headed by its Managing Director Kapil Dev Kumar, who was previously President for Nextra Teleservices.

Currently Timbl’s broadband services are live in Delhi-NCR with plans of expansion into newer states like Rajasthan, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh in the coming months. It also plans to invest Rs 20 crore in the next one year for expansion, according to the report. MediaNama has written to the company for a statement and will update the story when we hear from them.

Timbl offers internet plans of speeds starting from 10 Mbps to a maximum speed of 20 Mbps. It offers a 10 Mbps connectivity with a 30GB usage limit for Rs 999, after which speeds will be throttled to 512 Kbps. Its costliest plan offers a 20 Mbps connection with a 230GB usage limit for Rs 2,999 after which speeds are throttled to 512 Kbps.

Low-cost plans: The ‘Simple Plans’ offered by Timbl provides a basic 10 Mbps connection speed bundled with a 10GB usage limit for Rs 550; after the limit, services will be suspended and the plan needs to be renewed. The same 10 Mbps connections is offered for Rs 675 ans Rs 800 with a 15GB and 20GB usage limit respectively.  These plans are probably  aimed at economical users looking for a basic internet connection at a cheap price.

Cable over Fiber: The report mentions that the company will supply most of its connections using cable connections by tying up with local cable vendors and companies looking to deploy a cable network. Timbl claims to have tied up with 50 such cable companies in Delhi-NCR areas for its network roll out.

Enterprise plans: The ISP is planning on introducing leased internet lines, datacenters services, and hosting services to small and large enterprising customers. Its website mentions that a dedicated network management team will be provided for every enterprising customer.

Other Developments in broadband

-In April, Vodafone India had acquired TRG Capital owned internet service provider YOU Broadband for around Rs 350-400 crore. The deal was signed in March when Vodafone had signed an agreement to acquire YOU Broadband for around Rs 400 crore, subject to approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).

-In the same month, Reliance Jio said that it will use the newly launched Bay of Bengal Gateway’s (BBG) undersea cable landing facility in Chennai to offer high-speed broadband services in the country.

MediaNama’s Take:

The post FUP speed of 512 Kbps imposed by Timbl would not attract heavy Internet users and the company should be looking to upgrade that speed to at least 2 Mbps in the future. A larger part of the abysmal condition of wired broadband in India which made up just 6% of the total internet subscriber base in December 2015, can be connected to TRAI’s consideration of minimum broadband speed in India as 512 kbps. However, note that the regulator  issued a consultation paper in September 2014 which proposed increasing the minimum speed to 2 Mbps.

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