'We will provide 15 Mbps Internet at just Rs 1,500 per month'
Classic Tech - an Internet service provider -- is introducing faster yet affordable Internet packages, targeting students, household users and small corporate houses at the Midas CAN Info-Tech. The company is introducing two new packages -- CT 45 and CT 211 -- at the event. In an interview with Republica, Pramesh Kharel, CEO of the company, talked about the company and the new packages it is offering. Excerpts:
What will Classic Tech offer to customers at the Midas CAN Info-Tech 2013?
We are launching two new packages at the Info-Tech - optic fiber Internet named CT45 and CT 211 which is a wireless Internet package. Customers subscribing to CT 45 will get 15 GB data at 15 Mbps bandwidth at Rs 1,500 per month. Customers, however, will have to pay Rs 5,000 as installation fee.
Similarly, customers subscribing to CT 211 package will get 20 GB data at the speed of 2 Mbps. The package will cost Rs 1,000 per month and Rs 3,500 as installation fee. If the customers finish the quota of 20 GB data, they will still get unlimited Internet at 128 Kbps speed. If the quota is not finished in a month, it will be automatically terminated.
Besides these new packages, what will be the other offerings from Classic Tech?
We have three other packages. We are providing 50 percent extra on these packages i.e. we have doubled the bandwidth at the same price. We currently have CT Broadband, which is a wireless Internet package service, and optic fiber Internet packages -- CT OptMax Diamond and CT OptMax Platinum. Customers subscribing to CT Broadband will get up to 512 Kbps bandwidth at Rs 1,000, while those subscribing to CT OptMax Diamond will get 512 Kbps at Rs 2,000 and CT OptMax Platinum will get 1 Mbps at Rs 5,499. However customers will have to pay additional amount as installation fee to enjoy this tariff.
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Are you satisfied with your subscriber base?
We are very satisfied, as we have managed to get 10,000 customers in a short period of three years. This became possible because of our strong support system and availability of faster bandwidth at competitive price. As part of our market expansion drive, we are starting our service in Pokhara and Biratnagar within this year.
What are the major challenges that ISPs in the country are facing?
ISPs are still not provided license-based frequency which has been a major problem for us. Most of the time optical fibers are cut without prior notice during road expansion and various other activities. This inflicts huge loss on us. Besides, the government has failed to create favorable business doing environment in the country. If business doing condition improves, we can improve our service both in terms of quality and price.