Caltiger.com, is fast catching up with Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (VSNL) on net subscriber base. Caltiger.com currently has the second largest Internet subscriber base of 5.62 lakh after VSNL’s 5.83 lakh subscribers (as on Feb-end 2001) and is clearly ahead of Satyam and Dishnet, the two other leading private ISPs.
The company registered a whopping 50,000 new subscribers in March 2001 and by the end of the current month it expect to emerge as the ISP with the largest internet subscriber base with operations from 28 cities.
Caltiger.com has appointed Ernst & Young as their systems audit partner. Also, Hometrade.com has entered into a tie-up with Caltiger and will replace the Indya.com default page from next week. Last year, Indya.com had paid a Rs 4 crore one-time payment, plus a commission on each additional subscriber, for a one-year contract to launch its homepage as the default page for Caltiger.com users.
Companies with big advertisement budgets like HLL, Intel and Citibank have already begun to place ads on caltiger.com site. Nearly 52 per cent of its subscriber base are ‘active users.
Caltiger.com, which ended the fiscal with sales of Rs 16 cr. is close to break even. The free ISP earned 50 per cent or Rs 8 crore of revenues from direct advertisement revenues during 2001.
Corporate customers accounted for the remaining revenues from leased lines and bandwidth resales. Caltiger.com will be expanded to New Delhi, Pune, Gujarat and Orissa. The plan is to be present in 40 cities during 2001.
Caltiger.com currently has an alliance with Loral Star for sourcing 10 mbps (satellite) bandwidth each from three gateways at Bangalore, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.