One of the country’s leading telecom operators, Reliance (RCom) has increased 3G mobile internet rates by 26 per cent and reduced benefit on internet packages by up to 60 per cent.

The company has increased the cost of 1GB of 3G internet usage to Rs 156 from Rs 123 it charged earlier. The Rs 123 mobile internet pack on its 3G network will now offer only 400MB of internet surfing, which is down by about 60 per cent.

Under the high value 3G mobile internet pack of Rs 246 and Rs 492, the company has reduced usage limit from 2GB to 1.5GB and from 4GB to 3GB respectively. No immediate comments were received from Reliance Communications in this regard.

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As on September 30, 2013, Reliance Communications had 9.1 million 3G customers out of 116 million mobile subscriber base on its network. The increase in mobile internet rate from Reliance Communications comes within couple of months after the three major telecom operators – Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone – increased their 2G mobile internet rates by similar levels.

The increased 3G mobile internet rates by Reliance Communications are at par with 2G mobile internet rates of Airtel, Idea and Vodafone.

Reliance Communications has rolled-out 3G services in all the 13 circles covering over 333 towns. Shares of Reliance Communications were trading at Rs 141.1, down 0.84 per cent, during afternoon session at BSE today.

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