04 December, 2020

No More Cobwebs

Soon private Internet service providers will get you on to the Web

No More Cobwebs

WILL we have private ISPs soon? The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) has forwarded the proposal to the Cabinet. And, from high-end hardware companies and solutions providers to website hosts and small Internet entrepreneurs, enthusiasm over the entry of private Internet service providers (ISPs)—currently only VSNL can give you access to the Net—is all-pervading.

Says Ashok Desai, managing director, SAARC region, of the New Delhi-based Silicon Graphics Systems (India) Ltd: "This is a positive move for us. When ISPs offer their services, they'll expand the market, and to cater to this market, they'll need our hardware platform." And why not? Operating at the high end of the hardware hierarchy, the Silicon box becomes important once a site gets more than a million hits a day.

At Mumbai, the excitement is visible in Rajesh Jain's eyes. As managing director of Ravi Database, he has reason to feel elated: "We expect the annual growth rate of Indian sites to grow at 300 per cent till the turn of the...



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