Videsh Sanchar Nigam (VSNL) has chalked out a two-phased expansion plan to roll out its internet service network in 24 cities in the next few months with the total project cost estimated at Rs 300 crore. The investment in the expansion was estimated at Rs 300 crore, which the company would fund from its Rs 4,500 crore reserve earmarked for capital expenditure programme.
The government recently announced granting a category a national ISP licence as compensation for breaking its monopoly on international voice traffic two years ahead the schedule.
In the first phase, eight cities including Kanpur, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Indore and Bhubaneswar would be covered. The corporation recently started operations in Jalandhar and Coimbatore and is expected to launch services in Ernakulam soon.
In the second phase, eight major cities and state capitals would be added to the ISP operation where VSNL would have to start from the scratch in terms of infrastructure as the service provider doesn't have either earth stations or gateways there. The ISP plans to target a subscriber base of 6.5 lakh from the present 5.4 lakh in the next two months.