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Just like theISP boom some time ago, a wave of broadband service providers has now hit the
market. The players include existing ISPs who’ve begun providing broadband services, as well as new
players like Spectranet who deal exclusively in broadband. Here are some of the
players and the services they provide. This list is in no way exhaustive, and
you’re likely to see more broadband players emerge in the near future.

Applogic Broadband Systems
Providing broadband service since:
November 2000
Bandwidth provided: 1 Mbps
Technology used: Wireless connectivity, last-mile connectivity
Market segment targeted: Corporates
Tariff: Rs 600,000 per annum per connection
Area of operation: Hyderabad (at present), Bangalore, Chennai, and Pune by
March 15, 2001
Contact: Venkat S Meenavalli, Managing Director
Tel: 40-6661616 Fax: 6667811
Address: 206 , Krishna Plaza
Hyderabad 500004

Bharti BT Internet
Bandwidth provided: 64 kbps to 2 Mbps
Technology used: Internet via cable and xDSL
Market segment targeted: SOHO and SME
Households: One-time installation Rs 1,500; cost of modem Rs
14,500; one-month subscription Rs 1,100; quarterly subscription Rs 3,000;
half-yearly subscription Rs 5,500; Annual subscription Rs 10,000
Corporates: One-time installation Rs 2,000; cost of modem Rs 14,500; 64
kbps Rs 6,000 per month; 128 kbps Rs 11,000 per month; 256 kbps Rs 20,000
per month.
Area of operation: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Pune.
Contact: Sharad Gupta, deputy general manager, Broadband
Tel: 11-6810088 Fax: 6810083
Address: Bharti BT Internet
D-189, Okhla Industrial Estate Phase-I
New Delhi-110020

BSES Telecom
Providing broadband service since: June
Bandwidth provided: Each household port is capable of carrying 2 Mbps
Technology used: Internet over fiber optic cable
Market segment targeted: Corporates, SMEs and Households; started with
Corporates and extended to residential users from October 2000.
Households: One-time installation Rs 5,000; monthly charges Rs 1,000
Corporates: Pricing for Corporates and SMEs depends on bandwidth requirement
Area of operation: Mumbai
Tel: 22-8256435/36 Fax: 8362235
Address: E7, MIDC, Andheri(E)
Mumbai 400093

Capital Technologies
Providing broadband service since: March
Bandwidth provided: up to 7 Mbps
Technology used: wireless and cable
Market segment targeted: Corporates, ISPs
Tariff: Not available
Area of operation: Hyderabad
Contact: R Rajiv David, vice-president, Marketing and Sales; Gajendra
Singh, marketing manager
Tel: 40-7178925-27 Fax: 7178924
Address: Capital Technologies
2nd Floor, Ajay Chambers, Uppal Road
Hyderabad 500007

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Cyberwave Internet Solutions

Cyberwave Internet Solutions
Providing broadband service since:
February 25, 2000
Bandwidth provided: 64 kbps, 128 kbps, 512 kbps
Technology used: DSL
Market segment targeted: Individuals, homes, cyber cafes, small and big
Tariff: Residential: Rs 12,000 per annum, Browsing/commercial:
Rs 18,000, Browsing center: Rs 24,000
Area of operation: Chennai (at present), will launch in Bangalore and
Hyderabad by April 2001
Contact V S Narayanan, business development manager
Tel: 44-4326095/1383 Fax: 4326096
Address: No 30, Cenotaph Road
Chennai 600018

Dishnet DSL
Providing broadband service since:
January 2000
Bandwidth provided: 64 kbps to 2 Mbps
Technology used
: ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line)
Market segment targeted: Residential and commercial (small, medium and
large offices, Corporates)
: One-time installation Rs 29,970 (inclusive of dedicated cabling
to the customer premise, DSL modem, installation); monthly charges Rs 1,995
Areas of operation: Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Akola, Bangalore, Baramati, ,
Bhopal, Calicut, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Erode, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Goa,
Gurgaon, Hubli, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jalgaon, Kalyan, Kochi, Kolkata,
Madurai, Mysore, Nasik, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Pondicherry, Pune, Salem,
Thane, Trichy, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara, Vijayawada, Vizag
: Website:
Tel: 22-6552789-93 Fax:
: M E T Building, 5th Floor, Bandra Reclamation Area, Bandra
(W), Mumbai 400050

Hathway Cable & Datacom
Brand name: Hathway Cable Internet
Providing broadband service since
: April 2000
Bandwidth provided
: 64 kbps, 128 kbps, 256 kbps
Technology used: Internet over cable
Market segment targeted
: Households, SOHOs, educational institutes, cyber
cafes, Corporates
Silver Home (for one computer) Speed: 64 kbps Downloads: 300 MB per
month, E-mail IDs: 1 (5 MB)
One-time registration Rs 1,000; Cost of cable modem Rs 15,000; Monthly
charges: Rs 1,000
Gold Value (for eight computers) Speed: 128 kbps Downloads: Unlimited,
E-mail IDs: 8 (5 MB each)
One-time registration Rs 1,000; Cost of cable router Rs 35,000; Monthly
charges: Rs10,000
Area of operation
: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune
: Website:
Tel: 22-6001306 Fax:
: Rahejas, 4th Floor, Main Avenue, Santacruz West, Mumbai 400054 India
Providing broadband services since
: May 2000
Bandwidth provided
: 64 kbps to 512 kbps
Technology used
: Internet over cable network
Marked segment targeted: Individual, apartment complexes/shared modem,
cyber cafes, SOHO,s educational institutions, Corporates
Tariff: Cost of cable modem Rs 15,000; Cost of Ethernet card Rs 1,000;
One-time installation Rs 1,000; remaining charges are based on the following
Category Speed (kbps) Monthly rate (Rs) Yearly rate (Rs) Individuals 64 1,500 13,500
Apartments/Shared modem (minimum of three people sharing) 128 1,000 9,000
Cyber cafes up to 5 PCs 128 5,000 45,000
Cyber cafes up to 10 PCs 128 7,500 67,500
Cyber cafes above 10 PCs 192 10,000 90,000
SOHOs up to 3 PCs 64 3,000 27,000
SOHOs up to 5 PCs 128 7,500 67,500
Corporate 128 7,500 67,500
Corporate 256 15,000 135,000
Corporate 384 25,000 225,000
Area of operation
: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Belgaum, Delhi, Hyderabad,
Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Vadodara
Tel: 22-8390002/5/8
: Incentre 49/50 MIDC,
Andheri (E) Mumbai 400093

India Online Network
Brand name
: Speed Melon
Providing broadband service since
: February 2001
Bandwidth provided
: 64 kbps to 8 Mbps
Technology used
: Fiber optic network using Ethernet gigabit technology.
Market segment targeted
: Corporate and residences
Residential: One-time installation Rs 5,000; Monthly charges Rs 999 per
: One-time installation Rs 15,000 (inclusive of cabling);
Monthly charges Rs 3,000 per month
Area of operation
: South Mumbai at present, soon to extend to entire
: Website:
Tel: 22-2319400 Fax:
: Darya Nagar House, 67/69, M K Road, Marine Lines, Mumbai 400020

Satyam Infoway
Providing broadband services since
: January 2000
Bandwidth provided
: 64 kbps to 25 Mbps
Technology used
: Wireless broadband
Market segment targeted
: Corporates
: Depends on customer requirements
Area of operation
: Chennai (at present), soon to launch in Bangalore,
Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Pune
: Lalit Bhojwani, president, E-Commerce
Tel: 22-6177661/7461 Fax: 6177662
: The
Enterprise Centre, Unit Number 302/303, 3rd Floor, Off Nehru Road, Off West end
Express Highway, Opp HoTel Airlink, Ville Parle (East), Mumbai

Sigma Online
Providing broadband services since
: October 2000
Bandwidth provided
: 64 kbps to 40 Mbps
Technology used
: Leased lines at the moment, soon through cable and
Market segment targeted
: Corporate
: Depends on the kind of services availed. For instance, a 64 kbps
connection to the corporate is about Rs 300,000—450,000 lakh, depending on the
Technology used
Area of operation
: Ahemadabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad,
Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune
Gopal Jambavat, CEO

Tel: 40- 3230331, 3240496 Fax: 3233897
: Sigma
Online, 610-612, Taramandal Complex, Saifabad, Hyderabad


Providing broadband service since: September 2000
Bandwidth provided: 64 kbps to 155 Mbps
Technology used
: Internet through cable, DSL, IP VPN, leased-line access,
with connectivity options (DSL, pure fiber, coaxial, radio, and Ethernet)
Market segment targeted: Corporates, SOHOs, SMEs, institutions, and
SpectraSPEED (Internet through cable): Starter Surf Rs 1,500; Power Surf
Rs 7,000
SpectraDSL (Internet through Digital Subscriber Line) Starter Surf Rs
300; Power Surf Rs 8,500
Area of operation: NCR-South, South West, Central Delhi, and Gurgaon.
Being extended towards North Delhi.
Contact Juhi Gupta, manager-corporate communications, Spectra Net,
Tel: 11-6200950/0917 Fax: 6200951
: 255, Okhla Industrial Estate Phase
III, New Delhi 110020

Win Cable and Internet
Providing broadband service since
: October 2000
Bandwidth provided: 40 kbps to 128 kbps
Technology used
: LAN-based network with a mixture of fiber optic, coaxial
thick net, and UTP cable.
Market segment targeted
: Residential, corporate, commercials, cyber
cafes, institutions
Tariff: One-time installation Rs 4,000 for residential, Rs 5,000 for
offices, institutions, and cyber cafes; Monthly charges Rs 800 to Rs 1,200 per
month depending on the number of machines, monthly rates are lower if you pay
annual charges; 100-hours package (valid for 6 months) Rs 2,200; 500-hours
package (valid for one year) Rs 8,750
Area of operation: Bandra to Santacruz
: 22-6050607/8866 Fax: 6555999
Kohli House, 32nd Road, Off MMK college, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050

Wipro Net
Providing broadband services since
: September 1999
Bandwidth provided
: 128 kbps to 12 Mbps
Technology used
: Copper cable at all locations, Fiber optic and wireless
in select cities
Market segment targeted
: Internet Access: Net Kracker (Retail), Corporate
Internet access (subscribe for Browsing, FTP, or sending and receiving mail)
: Depends on bandwidth required
Area of operation
: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh,
Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Goa, Guntur, Guwahati, Haldia, Hyderabad, Indore,
Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Mumbai,
Mysore, Nagpur, Nasik, New Delhi, Pondicherry, Pune, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram,
Vadodara, Vishakhapatnam
: Website:
Tel: 80-5092599,
5580871 Fax: 5596748 Address: Wipro Net, 10th Floor, Du-Parc Trinity,
17, M G Road, Bangalore 560001

Providing broadband services since
: November 1999
Bandwidth provided
: 128 kbps to 25 Mbps (which is also scalable)
Technology used
: Broadband Cable media with DOCSIS-compliant equipment
and Cisco manufactured components
Market segment targeted
: Corporates, cyber cafes, homes, computer
institutes, colleges
: Dependent on bandwidth required. Special charges for schools,
colleges, and computer institutes
Corporate connection (128 kbps on a shared pipe): One-time activation
charges Rs 1,000; Cabling charges Rs 5,000; Cost of cable modem Rs 12,000;
Monthly charges Rs 6,000; Service charges Rs 500 per month (permits 1,600 MB of
data transfer per month, Rs 4 per MB after that)

Home users (64 kbps): One-time activation charges Rs 500; Cost of modem
Rs 12,000; Monthly charges: Rs 1,500 per PC per month (Can download 400 MB per
month, Rs 4 per MB after that)
Cyber cafe: Depends on the number of computers
Area of operation
: Bangalore and Delhi (at present), will expand further
in Delhi and launch in Hyderabad and Mumbai
: 80-5599999 Fax: 5580099
: Zee
Interactive Multimedia, United Mansions, 39 M G Road, Bangalore 560001

You may also have heard of Reliance as a broadband service provider. The
company is in the process of laying down broadband infrastructure in 115 cities
across the country, and will begin providing services sometime this year. These
services will include voice-local, national long distance, international long
distance, and mobile; Web hosting; call centers; selling or trading bandwidth;
e-commerce; secure VPNs; Internet data centers, etc.

Juhi Bhambal and Pragya Madan in Delhi, Sandeep Saxena in Mumbai, Vini Goel in Bangalore

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