NEWS-INDIA: Internet on cable launched in Hyderabad

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    • Internet on cable launched in Hyderabad
      
      by Mohammed Shafeeq, India Abroad News Service
      
      Hyderabad, Dec 13 - Internet connectivity through cable without the hassles
      of a telephone line or cable modem was launched in Hyderabad, capital of
      Andhra Pradesh, Wednesday.
      
      Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu launched the service, saying the
      facility would soon be extended to other major cities and towns in the
      state. Mac Info is a company providing the cable connection in the city.
      
      "The state government will provide Internet connection to every village in
      the state in 18 months," Naidu said, adding that Reliance was working on
      laying fiber optic lines in the state.
      
      Mac Info has implemented HDSL technology on a point-to-point link, bypassing
      the existing leased circuits and thus reducing cost of the cable connection.
      Its state-of-the-art MAN technology ensures uninterrupted high speed and
      economical access to the Internet.
      
      "We have dedicated ourselves to provide high-speed Internet access to
      support business as well as personal surfing needs," Mac Info chief
      executive officer N.V. Subba Rao said.
      
      The company has laid cables across 60 km in Hyderabad and Secunderabad and
      plans to cover another 100 km in one year. It has invested Rs. 30 million on
      creating the infrastructure. It plans to expand its network to Vijayawada,
      Visakhapatnam and other places in the state soon.
      
      The company will charge Rs.5,000 for installation and a monthly rent of
      Rs.1,200 for unlimited access. It will also collect Rs.500 as annual
      maintenance charge for the first year. Even before the formal launch, more
      than 2,000 people had registered with the company for connections.
      
      Mac Info also offers a wide range of products and services. It has launched
      a browser in Telugu for instant translation of any Web page from English to
      Telugu. "This will help most of the people in Andhra Pradesh who can't take
      advantage of the Internet as the medium of communication is English," Subba
      Rao said.
      
      Mac Info became the first to publish books online in Telugu language. It
      launched "Oke Okkadu", a biography of former chief minister N.T. Rama Rao
      authored by I. Venkat Rao, editor of the Telugu daily Andhra Jyoti.
      
      Mac Info also plans to set up an office in Europe to help European companies
      attract Indian software professionals. Subba Rao said the company, through
      its Web site eurojobs4u.com, would provide an opportunity to European and
      Indian companies to come together.