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Rank 31: DishnetDSL: Looking Up

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DishnetDSL Ltd (DDSL), a Sterling subsidiary providing Internet services, put

significant impetus on DSL. It added 230 points of presence, creating a total

capacity for 23,000 connects. On the dial-up service front, it increased its

pre-paid subscriber base by 74 percent. In March 2002, the company had a total

subscriber base of 2.64 lakh and a DSL subscriber base of 20,000. Its revenues

grew by 100 percent to an estimated revenue of Rs 270 crore. Bulk of its

revenues came from DSL and value-added services only.

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Beyond access, the company was aggressive on the value-added corporate

network services, such as Web hosting, co-location, and VPNs. Dishnet has

tie-ups with utility companies, railways, bus stations, educational

institutions, and civil supply shops, and has orders from the Southern Railways,

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, Delhi Civil Supplies Corporation,

and IOC. Today it has more than 130 hub centers across 55 odd cities. The

company feels the DSL broadband rollout would have been further high but for the

unbundling of the PSTN loop by the incumbent telecom service provider.

DishnetDSL

TURNOVER

FACTSHEET

CEO

:

Vaidyanathan

Srinivasan

Year of

Start-up
:  1999
Area of Operation

:

Internet

services
Address : Sterling Tower,

327 Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai 600 016
Tel  : 044-4313001; Fax: 044-4316564
Web site : www.ddsl.net
S

W O T
Strength  : Corporate base
Weakness : DSL services available in few pockets
Opportunity : Broadband services
Threat  : Telcos looking at providing data services

Now with Internet telephony being allowed, DDSL believes that the ARPU per

hour would go up from the current Rs 5-10 to Rs 300-360. It has tied up a major

international carrier for providing Internet telephony.

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