Telecom service provider, Reliance Infocomm is targeting to launch its CDMA mobile service in over 3,600 towns over the next 90 to 120 days. It is present in over 1,100 towns with a subscriber base of 8.3 million.
The company is looking at a total subscriber base of 10 million by early next year with the addition of these new towns. “By the first quarter of 2005, we are looking at covering the entire landmark. We are looking at a total subscriber base of 10 million by early next year,” Reliance Infocomm wireless business chief operating officer (COO) Kamal P Nanavaty told newspersons here.
The company intends to invest Rs 10,000 crore over the next three years. This is part of its Rs 25,000 crore investment plan over a five-year time frame announced in 2002. Mr Nanavaty pointed out that the rural areas would be the driver for the company’s future growth in subscribers. When asked whether the company was looking at further reduction in tariff rates for its mobile subscribers, he said, “Game has just begun.”
Meanwhile, Reliance Infocomm has tied up with Intel to offer personal computers and laptops in eigth cities. These PCs/laptops comprising Intel Pentium 4 processor-based PC, a Reliance IndiaMobile handset (LG 2230) and the R-Connect data cable would help an user with download speed of up to 144 Kbps.