Reliance Info to start services in 3600 more towns

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 21 September 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: Reliance Infocomm said on Tuesday it will expand its CDMA mobile services to 3600 more towns within four months and expects its subscriber base to touch 10 million by early next year.

"We will roll out mobile services in 3600 more towns in next 90 to 120 days in the second phase. We are currently present in 1100 towns," Chief operating officer of Reliance Infocomm's wireless business, Kamal P Nanavaty told newspersons.

He said by first quarter of 2005, the company would be able to cover the entire country except Jammu and Kashmir.

"We have applied for clearances to start mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir," Nanavaty said after announcing the company's tie-up with Intel for bundling together their offerings.

"Our subscriber base will touch 10 million very soon, by early next year," he said. Reliance Infocomm has presently 8.3 million customers in the circles it operates in.

The company has so far spent Rs 15,000 crore on the roll-out of operations and in the next three years it will spend Rs 10,000 crore.

The company had said when it began services in late 2002 that it would spend Rs 25,000 crore over next five years on rolling out services.

Under the bundling offer the base price of the PC and Reliance phone will be Rs 21,789 and the programme will be rolled out in eight cities to start with.

The offer will be available only to new Reliance customers. Those who opt for the combo offer will have to pay Rs 200 per month as rental which will be waived for the first three months.

For internet usage charges will be Rs 0.40 per minute while tariffs for voice calls will remain the same.

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