According to India’s Economic Times, Bharti Airtel has launched what it claims is the country’s fastest fixed line broadband service, offering downstream speeds of up to 16Mbps. The new service is initially available in Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore, with a phased roll out planned for Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai and Calcutta. Charges for the service begin at INR2,999 (USD59.69) per month for its Speed Combo 2999 plan, which offers a 20GB monthly usage allowance, with a 50GB allowance available for INR4,999 per month; both packages include fixed line rental costs. Commenting on the launch K Srinivas, joint president of Telemedia Services for Bharti, said, ‘Bharti Airtel has constantly strived to innovate and deliver high quality products to its broadband customers. We will be able to offer 16Mbps broadband to 70% of the households in the three cities of Delhi NCR, Chennai and Bangalore.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Bharti had just under a million broadband subscribers at the end of December 2008, behind market leader Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and second-placed Reliance Communications.