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India's leading wireless service provider company Airtel is reportedly informing its Broadband (DSL) customers via SMS regarding the increase in the monthly rental of its service due to regulatory changes and increased input cost. While the new tariffs have not been updated by Airtel on its website, users have reported a hike of Rs 150 in the monthly rental.
According to BGR India reports, Airtel has revised rates for its broadband DSL plans and is making it effective both for existing and new users.
The service provider has increased the rental rates only for DSL users, who are getting text messages regarding the same. Airtel is blaming “regulatory changes and increased input costs” as the reason for the increase, said the report.
As per report, the increase is due to a DoT amendment to the ISP license agreement that has added a 7 percent of Annual Gross Revenue (AGR) as license fee for ISPs providing Internet Telephony along with Internet services and 4 percent of AGR for those not providing Internet Telephony.
The fee will be made uniform to 8 percent across ISPs starting April 1, 2013 onwards. Hence, it is likely that other ISPs will increase their tariffs too.
Let us know in comments, if you have also received a text message on the same.