Gemini to diversify into Internet services

By : |August 24, 1999 0

CHENNAI, August 24: Intel Solutions partner, Gemini Communications
Ltd., is planning to diversify into Internet services, starting with
Coimbatore where the company has a strong distribution/reseller network.
Gemini Communications is a network solutions provider and till recently,
was an agent for VSNL’s Internet services. The company is also planning to
launch computers under its own brandname. These factors will enable the
company to provide customers a complete package of accessories with the
Internet services.

The company’s services would be cheaper by about 20 per cent as it will
offer a total package with the hardware, reports said. By its association
with Intel, Gemini will be able to set up the infrastructure required to
provide the services at very competitive costs. The infrastructure is
expected to cost Rs 60 lakh for Coimbatore city. Despite national players
like Dishnet already operating in Coimbatore, the company is confident of
facing competition as Gemini’s feedback from Coimbatore has it that
services provided by existing players are not quite satisfactory.

The company is targeting a customer base of 1,000 in the first year of
operations. They are planning to start with a bandwidth of 256 kbps and
later the company would increase it to 2 Mb, on demand. Gemini is also
planning to undertake direct promotions with customers, though reselling
will be done through its strong reselling network.

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