After state-owned telcos, Airtel launches Net PC

May 22nd, 2009 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel, which has about 2.7 million Internet subscribers, Friday launched its Net PC initiative that provides Internet connectivity to users without the need to invest in personal computers (PC).
With Net PC, users can also work on basic computer functions like word documents and presentations through centrally-placed software and hardware.

Airtel has partnered with Indian hardware manufacturer Nivio and global software giant Microsoft for the service.

Available for Rs.7,999, the no-frills PC will offer customers the choice of three Internet plans in a monthly price band of Rs.699-Rs.1,199, which would include Microsoft’s Office Suite software.

“Net PC is part of our strategic intent to remain focused on enhancing the broadband experience for our customers by offering innovative and collaborative products,” said Bharti Airtel’s telemedia services joint president K. Srinivas.

Till now, only the state-owned telecom operators Mahanagar Telecom Nigam and Bharat Sanchar Nigam offered similar products in collaboration with hardware maker Novatium.

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