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ISP Round Up

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Spectra Net

Selects Lucent Product

Spectra

Net Ltd, a start-up ISP, has selected Lucent’s Kenan software

products–Arbor/BP and Arbor/OM–to support its service

expansion. Lucent’s software will enable Spectra Net to

introduce innovative converged network services to its rapidly

growing subscriber base. The company initially plans to offer

high-speed Internet access, and will later expand its portfolio

to offer a full range of communication options including

broadband, data, and video services.

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Spectra Net selected the

Arbor/BP solution based on its ability to support a variety of

services with little need for customization. Additionally, this

will allow Spectra Net to offer its customers the ease and

convenience of a single bill for multiple services.

DishnetDSL

Announces Unlimited Access Option

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DishnetDSL

has joined the bandwagon of unlimited access option with its new

unlimited monthly access package at Rs 250. The company has also

announced another package, DishnetDial One-Year Freedom Plan,

which entails one-hour a day access at Rs 99 per month. Both are

applicable from 15 May 2000.

Hughes Moving the ISP Way

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Hughes Moving the

ISP Way

Hughes

Tele.com India Ltd, a fixed line telephone service provider in

Goa and Maharashtra, is planning to acquire a portal firm as

part of its foray into the ISP business. The strategy behind the

proposed acquisition is to achieve a huge subscriber base within

a short time.

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"We hope to unveil

the Internet services by August," says Prakash Bajpai,

president and CEO, Hughes Tele.com. The company is also planning

an IPO and is offering some shares to strategic investors

through a private placement. The company will raise about $150

million through private placement, which will be completed

within the next two months.

ITIL Plans ISP

Foray

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Information

Technologies India Ltd (ITIL) has earmarked Rs 200 crore for

various expansion plans including ISP operations, developing

portals, and setting up software development centres.

To start with, it is

launching its ISP operations and setting up 20 portals for

e-commerce activities. ITIL recently got A-category licence for

Internet operations and will start its services by September

this year. The company will initially start with nine to 10

major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, and Kanpur and

later expand to other areas.

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Paramount Jumps

into ISP Business

Paramount

Communications Ltd (PCL), one of the fastest growing telecom

cables manufacturers in the country, has got a national ISP

licence. As per the rollout plan, PCL will provide services in

Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Hyderabad in next four months. In

the second phase cities like Calcutta, Pune, and Ahmedabad will

be covered.

PCL is setting up a plant

of optic fibre cables and will be able to use them for setting

up backbone for providing Internet services. The initial

investment in the project is expected to be approximately Rs 50

crore.

Gujarat Most

Preferred by ISPs

According

to an Internet survey done by IMRB, Gujarat has overtaken other

infotech savvy states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka as the

most preferred Internet destination for ISPs in the country.

Gujarat, which has about

40 ISPs, tops the list. Mumbai with 34 is followed by Bangalore

with 29 ISPs. Calcutta with about 13 and low Internet

penetration level has emerged as the least popular destination

among the top eight metros in the country. Ahmedabad and Delhi

come next with both housing as many as 28 ISPs. Hyderabad alias

"Cyberabad" is a poor fifth among the big eight metros

with 25 ISPs.



Unlimited Package for Rs 299

Unlimited Package

for Rs 299

Satyam

Infoway has responded to a host of free Internet services offers

by launching an unlimited Internet access package for Rs 299 per

month.

The services will be

available for both domestic and commercial users under the brand

name "Unltd" and can be downloaded from Satyam Online.

This package will offer unlimited access for 12 months. Current

users can renew their connection with "Unltd" at a

special price of Rs 3,588 for 12 months. The pack for commercial

users offers a renewal package at Rs 17,988 for 12 months for

existing subscribers.

VSNL’s

Net Base Increases by 100%

VSNL

appears to have benefited the most from the opening up of the

ISP sector. Its subscriber base has increased by 100 percent to

reach 3.44 lakh. While MTNL has 36,000 subscribers in Delhi and

Mumbai, the Department of Telecom Services (DTS) has 96,000

subscribers in its network.

Satyam Infoway is the largest ISP in the

private sector with a subscriber base of 1.51 lakh followed by

Chennai-based ISP Dishnet, which has a subscriber base of more

than 70,000.

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