VoIP to be available throughout India
by Lin Freestone
January 1, 2008
BSNL, India's no.1 Internet service provider, has invited expressions of interest for the provision of a VoIP service throughout the whole of India.
Several companies submitted proposals by the deadline of 28 December 2007, including Sterlite Optical, Aksh Optifibre, Indus Online and Smart Broadband.
BSNL has now extended the deadline as new enquiries are still being received. Only four companies will be chosen by BSNL for providing the service.
At the moment, MTNL is the only company providing VoIP service in India through a tie-up with Aksh Optifibre. This facility is limited to subscribers in New Delhi and Mumbai because of the limited reach of the company.
BSNL, which is state-owned, has divided the country into two zones for offering the VoIP service. The company will offer franchises to two companies in each zone: North West and South East.
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