RCOM to launch rural wireless internet service

4 Feb 2009

India’s Economic Times is reporting that Reliance Communications (RCOM) is planning to launch a rural version of its ‘Net Connect’ wireless internet service. The service, which uses RCOM’s CDMA network to provide internet access at speeds of up to 144kbps, is currently available in over 20,000 towns, with prices starting at INR650 (USD13.28) per month. However, the operator plans to offer the rural service at around INR500 per month. RCOM will partner with Chinese hardware vendor Huawei for the rollout, and it aims to launch services in 14 circles on its existing infrastructure before the end of this month. The introduction of the new service comes as RCOM looks to challenge the dominance of state-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) in rural regions, with the telco stating it aims to capture 30% of the rural internet subscriber base within one year.

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