March 1, 2005
Small Indian exporters and outsourcing companies have increased their visibility in the US and Canadian markets. This has led to an increased need for affordable, and reliable telecommunications solutions for these companies, in order to maximize services and profits. Enter Logical Exchange, LLC, which has has launched its International Number Exchange (INX) Internet phone service, featuring fixed monthly charges for unlimited Internet calling with voice mail, caller ID, follow-me, and online account management.
The company reports that service sign-ups have been particularly brisk throughout India, where it is investing significant resources to develop that market. The service comes with free downloadable software that allows a PC to be used with a headset and microphone as an international telephone.
The prevalence of outsourcing to India has resulted in Indian businesses wanting to function more closely with their customers, resulting in some having multiple INX lines to keep up with increased opportunities, services, and demands.
By lowering international calling prices, INX intends to become a global telephone service provider. Customers in India with an Internet connection – broadband, wireless or dial-up – can have an affordable US or Canadian phone number.
Subscribers sign up with any international credit card with a 14-day money-back guarantee. Plans start at $7.95 a month for unlimited local calling and 2.1 cents/minute to the US and Canada. Unlimited service costs $19.95/month.
Logical Exchange, LLC is an enhanced IP communications service provider, offering global communications with IP-based services. The company also has reseller and affiliate programs.
February 24, 2005
Company signs expansion contract for 75,000 ports of IP-DSLAM platforms and related equipment in India.
UTStarcom, Inc (NASDAQ:UTSI) today announced that its AN-2000 B820 and AN-2000 B100 IP-DSLAMs will continue to support Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.’s National Internet Backbone project in its second phase.
This contract extends the initial $9.2 million contract signed with BSNL in August 2004. BSNL is the incumbent and largest telecommunications services provider in India, with a presence in the fixed-line, cellular mobile, long distance and data markets.
UTStarcom’s IP-DSLAM solution will enable BSNL to offer new broadband-based triple play services, such as high-speed Internet access, interactive gaming and multimedia entertainment services like video on demand to its customers.
BSNL’s National Internet Backbone is a TCP/IP-based network currently comprising around 400 nodes distributed across India and supporting over one million subscribers — of a total five million Internet subscribers in a country of over one billion people — with PSTN and ISDN Internet Access Services.
The second phase of the project includes rollout of a broadband access network across 198 cities in India to provide reliable high-speed Internet connectivity and other value-added services and applications.
January 18, 2005
In a partnership with local ISP Atlas Interactive, ZTE Corporation of China will introduce a TV-over-IP service in India as part of a broadband voice, video and data service.
ZTE Corporation of China announced a strategic alliance with Atlas Interactive (Private) Ltd of India under which the two companies will cooperate in introducing TVoIP to four cities in the Delhi region of India.
Expected to be worth more than one billion Rupees, the alliance involves supplying and commissioning a TVoIP network as the foundation for a range of voice, video, and data services for subscribers in the towns of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida.
ZTE equipment will be combined with Atlas’ netTV technology, and will be able to deliver video on demand, broadcast TV, music, video conferencing, SMS, email, web, Internet and intranet access and data at broadband access speed.
ZTE Corporation is China’s largest listed telecom equipment provider, specializing in custom network solutions for carriers, including fixed, mobile, data and optical networks, intelligent networks and next generation networks. It also manufactures mobile phones.
Last year, ZTE won contracts to provide Nepal Telecom with the biggest CDMA contract in the country’s history, and the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board with switching equipment for 59 cities and 220 towns.