Videocon Telecom has started the New Year on a high note. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has on January 06, 2015 granted to the Company a Unified License – ISP (Category-A) thereby permitting the Company to provide Internet Services all over India
The telco is already successfully running Broadband services under the brand name of “Connect Broadband” in Punjab and is the market leader in internet broadband segment in the state. Having the distinction of being the first ISP in Punjab to rollout FTTX services (Fiber To The Endpoint )in Punjab service area, the telco plans to extend this stable and reliable service across the country eventually including other services like Internet Leased Lines, Point to Point Leased circuits, hosted and cloud services and data networks through MPLS etc.
The telco plans to invest over Rs 340 Cr with next 1 year for rollout of ISP services in 6 to 7 circles, the investment shall include cost of ISP license, cost of Network deployment and investment in Hot spots etc. The telco plans to follow the strategy of aggressive data play, which is what is being adapted by an upcoming Telecom giant.
The telco plans to prioritize its ISP rollout starting with its existing GSM Mobility circles including Haryana, Gujrat, MP including Chhattisgarh, and then move to Metros. The telco is seeing a lot of synergy and merit by prioritizing rollout of ISP in its operational mobility circles Among some of the benefits are in terms of infrastructure sharing, synergy on its existing and strong Sales and distribution Network, cost factor and value addition for customers in terms of 4G off load to Wi-Fi for its Mobility subscribers eventually.
The telco also talked about synergies with its D2H arm to provide content to its broadband subscribers eventually.
Arvind Bali, Director & CEO, Videocon Telecom said: “We are an integrated telecom player, and we are expanding our footprint. Internet is the next big thing in India, and the opportunity is immense. Our strategy was to enter this marketing at the right time, and all indications suggest that there could have not been a better time than this to enter the market.
There is a whole lot of opportunity and synergy that we are seeing with our existing GSM mobility and D2H business. And in order to capitalize on the same, we plan to priortise rollout of ISP services in our existing operational mobility circles including Haryana, Gujarat and MP, followed by Metros and other tier 1 cities.
4G offload of our mobility services to Wi-fi will be an added advantage for us in the times to come, and we will also be looking at offering D2H content to our customers with a single cable at home.
We plan to invest over Rs 340 cr on this venture within next 1 year, and owing to our experience in Punjab, where are successfully running broadband business under the brand name ‘Connect’, we are confident that we will make it big. Mr Bali added.