Reliance to take broadband to the masses

By : |September 29, 2003 0

AHEMEDABAD: Reliance group is bullish in its plan to expand its telecom business and add the most sought after business segment of broadband in its kitty in the next two years.

Speaking during the occasion of Global Investors Meet in Ahmedabad, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani said that the company’s investment of around Rs 9,000 crore in Gujarat during the next three years will have broadband business as a major segment in its telecom projects.

Ambani indicated that the largest optical fiber broadband infrastructure has been rolled out in Gujarat and its reach would be extended to every village of the state shortly.

“India can become a world leader in IT and this state can play an important role in realizing this goal,” he emphasized.

Reliance has already made inroads into the Gujarat market with its CDMA services. The subscribers are also happy that they get roaming on their CDMA handsets though limited mobility is allowed in WLL licenses. The customers need to send an SMS to their place of visit and new number is generated temporarily unlike the GSM network where the same number works globally. Reliance has also jumped into providing Internet through both its mobile as well as FWT handsets.


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