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Satyam, SingTel to Set Up Gateways

Leading Internet and e-commerce company Satyam Infoway has announced a tie-up with Singapore Telecom for setting up five Internet gateways in India, with a view to providing bandwidth of 100 Mbps and above.

Satyam, which has a presence in in 35 cities and towns all over India, had recently obtained a license from the department of telecommunications (DoT) for setting up the gateways in five strategically located cities.

"We are glad to be building our own international gateway, since we now will have a greater control on the service we offer to the consumers," said R. Ramaraj, CEO of Satyam Infoway.

Ramraj claimed that SingTel was the obvious choice because of the company's technical expertise in the field.

Satyam Infoway had 144,000 Internet access subscribers at the end of February 2000, compared with 129,000 subscribers in the previous month.

The company's portal, Satyam Online, which offers services in areas such as e-mail, travel, finance, health and shopping, had 37.79 million page views during February 2000.

In October 1999, Satyam Infoway boosted traffic to its site through the acquisition of 13 Web sites under IndiaWorld, a popular Indian portal.

Satyam Infoway, a subsidiary of software major Satyam Computer Services, is the second-largest national provider of Internet access and services, and the largest private ISP in India.

SingTel is fast emerging as a major bandwidth provider in Asia, and currently provides wholesale bandwidth services to ISPs and Internet content providers in the Asia Pacific region.

In related news, Satyam Thursday also partnered with Intel Shiva, Intel's local branch, to create Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for the market.



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