RCom launches 3 new services for rural users

It has began three initiatives BharatNet plan, Grameen VAS & M2M (Machine to Machine) solutions.

Under the BharatNet Plan RCOM is launching high-speed wireless internet service in over 20,000 rural locations across the country. Reliance Communications President Mahesh Prasad said the company will offer pre-paid internet access for Rs 98 a week with downloads upto 350 MB and the tariff is available across the country excluding the metros and top 100 cities.

The Grameen VAS (value added service) will cater to the specific local needs of rural consumers in over 500,000 Indian villages. It would cover several specialised services including Mandi Bhav, Agriculture & Animal Husbandry Updates, Weather Forecast, Local Info, Samachar etc. all in multiple Indian languages. These services can be accessed via different modes like Voice Portals, SMS, USSD, Data (R-World) etc and to be priced at Rs15 per month.

The Machine to Machine Applications (M2M) are  applications that aid automation, surveillance, remote monitoring, and data gathering. This opportunity for rural market includes Automation of Agro & Irrigation services, water level monitoring, and data gathering for milk & agri-cooperatives, fisheries, poultry, and soil analysis, the company said.  

Commenting on its rural initiatives, Reliance Communications President-Wireless S P Shukla said, “The next wave of telecom growth is emerging from rural India. With rural base expected to double in the next few years, RCOM is committed to drive this exponential growth through innovative and ground breaking service offerings and tariffs.”

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