Airtel partners with Novatium to expand broadband business

Airtel partners with Novatium to expand broadband business

Chennai: Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel today entered into a partnership with cloud computing service provider Novatium to expand its broadband business in India.

Under the tie-up, Novatium would offer cloud computing - internet-based computing services - Airtel Net PC, for Airtel broadband customers in India, Bharti Airtel Telemedia Services-CMO Vikas Singh told reporters here.

Singh said they would launch the service in 11 cities (starting from Chennai) over the next six months.

“It’s like a plug and play service...We will specifically target the middle income category," he said.

Singh said the service will be available under three plans for Airtel customers - Airtel Net PC Plus plan A that comes at a one time cost of Rs4,999 including the Nova Navigator device, a USB keyboard and Mouse, Net PC Plus B at a cost of Rs8,999 would include a 15" LCD monitor. A bundled offer of Net PC along with a 169 GB hard disk drive is priced at Rs10,999.

He said existing customers can avail the service from any of the Airtel outlets in the country.

Novatium Solutions chief executive officer Alok Singh said that the service would help tap the areas where broadband has not gained much importance.

“This is a new beginning for us(Airtel and Novatium). In India only seven million people are using broadband connectivity and we want to tap about 13-14 million customers...," he said.

Novatium has already tied-up with state owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for offering similar service. They have about 25,000 customers under this partnership, he said.