Fwd: [FWD] AP: INDIA "...refusal of government-linked telecommunications companies to cooperate with service providers."

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> From: Nick Kovats <ffk@SYMPATICO.CA>
> Date: Sat Mar 15, 2003  4:42:41 PM US/Pacific
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> http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/TechNews/2003/03/13/42298-ap.html
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> Associated Press
> Thursday, March 13, 2003
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> "Internet too expensive in India"
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> By S. Srinivasan
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> BANGALORE, India (AP) -- Thousands of Indians are logging off the=20
> Internet because of high telephone rates, pushing down the already low=20=

> average of four users for every 1,000 people. The number of Internet=20=

> connections by individuals and companies is now around 3.8 million,=20
> down from more than 4 million in December 2002, according to the=20
> Internet Service Providers' Association of India.
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> Fewer than 2 percent of India's more than 1 billion people have=20
> regular access to a phone line and fewer than 1 percent have a=20
> personal computer.
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> Almost 95 percent of the connections in India are through phone lines.=20=

> Dialing up for an hour could cost more than 50 cents, a day's wages=20
> for an average Indian housemaid.
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> Internet access is also offered through cable modems and souped-up=20
> phone lines called DSL, but there are few subscribers.
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> Amitabh Singhal, vice president of service providers' group, said the=20=

> reduction in the number of connections could mean that people have=20
> simply stopped using the Internet. Or they have started going to=20
> Internet cafes that offer an hour's browsing at 30 cents.
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> Singhal said the main reason for sluggish Internet usage in India was=20=

> not consumer disinterest but the refusal of government-linked=20
> telecommunications companies to cooperate with service providers.
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<excerpt><bold>From: </bold>Nick Kovats <<ffk@SYMPATICO.CA>

<bold>Date: </bold>Sat Mar 15, 2003  4:42:41 PM US/Pacific

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<bold>Subject: </bold>[FWD] AP: INDIA "...refusal of government-linked
telecommunications companies to cooperate with service providers."

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Associated Press

Thursday, March 13, 2003

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"Internet too expensive in India"

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By S. Srinivasan

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BANGALORE, India (AP) -- Thousands of Indians are logging off the
Internet because of high telephone rates, pushing down the already low
average of four users for every 1,000 people. The number of Internet
connections by individuals and companies is now around 3.8 million,
down from more than 4 million in December 2002, according to the
Internet Service Providers' Association of India.

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Fewer than 2 percent of India's more than 1 billion people have
regular access to a phone line and fewer than 1 percent have a
personal computer.

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Almost 95 percent of the connections in India are through phone lines.
Dialing up for an hour could cost more than 50 cents, a day's wages
for an average Indian housemaid.

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Internet access is also offered through cable modems and souped-up
phone lines called DSL, but there are few subscribers.

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Amitabh Singhal, vice president of service providers' group, said the
reduction in the number of connections could mean that people have
simply stopped using the Internet. Or they have started going to
Internet cafes that offer an hour's browsing at 30 cents.

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Singhal said the main reason for sluggish Internet usage in India was
not consumer disinterest but the refusal of government-linked
telecommunications companies to cooperate with service providers.

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Copyright =A9 2003, CANOE, a division of Netgraphe Inc. All rights
reserved.

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