The products include Free Mail, Control Net and Unlimited Service.
Cantv.net is currently handing out 2 million Free Mail signup software CDs across the country. It is also planning to provide userswith a virtual mall for on-line shopping.
Control.net is automatically charged at $2.50 an hour to the subscriber's credit card without the necessity to contract a minimumnumber of hours as under the existing arrangement. The UnlimitedConnection plan costs $37.50 per month, about a third less thanthe previous offer.
Alfredo Pallota, director of mass distribution of Cantv.net, estimates that Cantv.net's existing 75,000 subscribers last year willdouble by the end of 1999 as a result of the new subscription structure and pricing.
Cantv.net's principal competitor is T-net, affiliate of Telcel,Cantv's one competitor in cellular telephony.
A major obstacle to widespread Internet usage however, remains thehigh cost of local calls. But this is expected to change when Cantv'smonopoly ends in November, 2000, to be replaced by a fully competitive telecoms market.
Copyright July 1999, Crain Communications Inc.