Mumbai: Tata Indicom has joined hands with leading mobile web gateway platform and service provider Novarra to launch its Vision platform. The full mobile internet service is available on popular mass-market handsets such as the Motorola RAZR and the Samsung Explore.
Tata Indicom customers can use these handsets to access any website of their choice.
Novarra's Vision server allows surfing of complex websites faster and in a user-friendly manner over Tata Indicom's state-of-the-art CDMA 1X mobile network. Novarra's Vision uses the micro-client version 5.0 for BREW on these handsets to help Tata Indicom customers gain additional speed and an easy, intuitive mobile web experience.
The service is offered at prices ranging from Rs10 per day to Rs99 per month, with unlimited data usage. Tata Teleservices, one of India's fastest-growing telecom service providers, is now actively extending the service to many of its 20 million customers, with a larger base of enabled handsets.
The service includes Novarra's Mobile Dashboard, which enables consumers to get instant 'one-click' access to popular websites, as well as e-mail and search functions.
"We are pleased that Tata Indicom recognises that the internet is a critical daily-use application, for all ages and walks of life. Removing the handicap of requiring a computer and a cable is a key step forward for consumers and the mobile industry," Bruce Simpson, Novarra's chief operating officer, said.
"Novarra's server and micro-client solutions have been designed to give consumers a fast and rich mobile experience on any mobile phone.
The Vision platforms provide robustness and scalability for large-scale deployments."
"Marrying the powerful value of the internet with the ubiquity and personal access of the mobile phone holds tremendous value for us. Our mobile internet strategy is underpinned on the principles of innovation, affordability and flexibility. With Novarra, we are able to meet these objectives and bring to our consumers a valuable service with high quality, optimally leveraging the better data capability of the CDMA platform," said Pankaj Sethi, president, value added services, Tata Teleservices Ltd.
"Qualcomm is pleased to collaborate with Novarra, which is leveraging our Qualcomm Single Chip QSC 6020 product to bring full Internet access to affordable phones in emerging markets," said Rajamani Ganesh, senior director of business development, Qualcomm India. "By providing user-friendly access to any website from a mobile phone, Novarra and Tata Indicom are addressing the information connectivity needs of Indian consumers."
Novarra is the leading provider of high performance mobile web gateway platforms for operators and content providers to create new
internet-based services and revenue streams. Novarra developed the first server-client architecture for web content transformation and network optimisation designed for mass-market, high volume mobile consumer deployments. Novarra's open standards-based platforms deliver a high quality mobile user experience for services like full rich web, search, premium portals, personalisation and advertising.
Tata Teleservices offers integrated telecom solutions to its customers under the Tata Indicom brand, and uses the latest CDMA 3G1X technology for its wireless network. Tata Teleservices operates in 3400 towns across 20 circles covering Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, Gujarat, Karnataka, New Delhi, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W). Kolkata, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal. The company has a customer base of over 20 million subscribers.