GAILTEL (the telecom services arm of GAIL), RAILTEL (a
100 per cent subsidiary under the ministry of railway)
and Power Grid Corporation have inked a pact for a strategic
alliance to face a competitive scenario in telecom. The
three government owned entities will harness their synergies
in telecom and optimally utilise their infrastructure
on mutually agreed terms for maximum value addition to
integrated network of the three PSUs will cover over 60,000
route kilo metres (RKM) currently, which would be expanded
to 75,000 RKM with the completion of ongoing works in
next two to three years. Currently, the network covers
about 340 of the of 600 dstrict headquarters in the country.
terms of the number of point of presence (POPs), the combined
network would have more than 2,300 POPs. So far, almost
all mobile operators besides internet service providers
(ISPs) and other service providers (OSPs) have signed
on as customers.
the backbone optical fibre cable (OFC) network of more
than 60,000km, the consortium would also have an extensive
intra-city OFC network in more than 60 important cities
to provide end to end services. Together the consortium
will have a network next only to incumbent BSNL.
has a 13,000km network connecting 110 cities, Power Grid
has a 19,500km network connecting about 60 major cities
and metros, while RAILTEL has a 27,500km-long route connecting
more than 2,200 towns including metros, mini metros and
other important cities.
the business inherently based on marginal cost economics,
coupled with the synergising of resources, the consortium
feels that it is uniquely positioned to offer highly competitive
prices. Having their fibers in highly secure Right of
Use (ROU) primarily along pipelines, power transmission
lines and railway lines, coupled with multiple layers
of redundancy, the companies can offer quality and reliability.
a country-wide presence, the consortium aims to target
the enterprise segment by providing virtual private network
and managed services. The consortium can complement the
government''s e-learning and e-governance and even provide
national long distance and international long distance