Tatas to merge Tatanova with VSNL

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 18 February 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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The Tata Group has now decided to merge its lesser known internet service provider "Tatanova" with the telecom behemoth VSNL within two months.

MUMBAI: "We will merge Tatanova with out newly branded internet service Tata Indicom in order to have a single identity", VSNL director operations N Srinath said here today.

Called "Smart ISP", Tatanova is operational in form of cybercafes in five cities and offers IP-based Virtual Private Networks, standard or customised Internet Data Centre services, and a host of value-added and industry-specific solutions.

VSNL has now decided to offer its benchmark information, communication and entertainment services under the umbrella brand of "Tata Indicom".

VSNL will offer its rebranded internet services through over 2,400 retail outlets across the country and currently is presence in eight locations-Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Pondicherry and Coimbatore.

Srinath says, "We are also planning to expand to over 20 locations by the end of this fiscal. Our new thrust on retailing is an important effort to bring the consumer more nearer".

He said the internet service major was in talks with portals like Hotmail and Yahoo for a possible tie-up over peering services.

"Currently we are burdened with multiple domains and services...So we plan to integrate these in one uniform platform by March", Srinath said adding VSNL will also reduce the number of its existing more 50 servers.

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