launches the fastest internet service
highly professional team to manage the network
Syed M. Aslam
Aug 14 - 20, 2000
a leading international consultant and software developer, has put
Pakistan on the world IT map by winning hi-end orders from blue-chip
multinational companies across the globe. Following its success
internationally, Netsol is set to change the face of Pakistan's IT
scenario by launching a value-added Internet and e-commerce service this
the first and the only Pakistan-origin listed company on the NASDAQ
stock exchange, has established a fully owned subsidiary Netsol eR (eReady)
Inc which is based in Virginia- the Silicon Valley of the US' east
coast. Netsol eR has launched NetsolCONNECT, a nationwide ISP under the
brand name Netsol iR which has commenced operations from Pakistan's
business capital, Karachi. It will set up the ISPs in seven more cities
by end of this year.
distinguishes NetsolCONNECT from the existing ISPs is that it will offer
Internet connectivity and also a range of value-added services to
promote e-commerce initiatives including website development, software
for e-solutions both for the corporate as well individual users.
to PAGE the managing director
of Netsol UK Ltd., Naeem Ghauri said that NetsolCONNECT will offer an
Internet connectivity which will be 8 to 10 times faster than the
competition at the same or may be even lower prices. 'We will be using a
much bigger bandwidth of 14 megabyte initially compared to 2 megabyte
used by our closest rival at present and will increase it to 16 Mb in
next few months. In fact iReady's bandwidth is bigger than the combined
bandwidths of top five ISPs in the country,' he added.
broadband infrastructure will enable iReady to facilitate large volume
of data transactions. Naeem said that despite making tremendous headway
Pakistan still remains the largest virgin IT market in the world which
offers tremendous potential for value-added Internet services to cater
to the rising demand in the country. 'We will provide the cutting edge
technology, e-solutions by building up the first nationwide IT backbone
in Pakistan, which will go beyond providing just Internet connectivity.
We are not focusing our attention on earning revenue by just connecting
people but are interested in offering a wide range of value-added
services such as solutions for Active Server Pages (ASPs) and a portal,'
is targeting the corporate and the retail sectors as well as other ISPs
by offering them a connectivity on its first nationwide IT backbone. In
addition, it has plans to develop a wireless infrastructure to help the
rural and remote areas get digitally connected. With the soft launch
this week iReady already enjoy a 5,000 strong subscriber base and will
limit it to 8,000 when it will go for the full-blown launch in early
how can iReady afford to offer competitive, or even lower Internet
prices than its competitors, when it has to absorb a much greater cost
for the 8-10 fold bandwidth, Naeem said that 'we are eyeing for turnover
to enable us not to reflect the bandwidth cost in our Internet charges
as we are confident to capture a big share of the market.'
about the financial impact of Netsol's e-commerce initiatives he said
that iReady will provide the corporate and individual Internet users of
Pakistan the much needed access by opening up international business
venues which otherwise were denied to them due to lack of reliable,
secure and speedy infrastructure. It will help the local businesses to
develop e-commerce presence and allow them to break the geographical
barriers to market their goods and services for the overall benefit of
the national economy. 'We are building the cyber highway for the benefit
of the corporate as well as retail sector,' he added.
to PAGE the vice president of
Netsol eR, Amer Saleem, said that the company's local foray will serve
as an equaliser for the retail as well as the corporate sector as it
will be suited for companies of all sizes as well as all kinds of
budgets. We intend to treat the local ISPs as corporate clients by
helping them get connected on our nationwide IT backbone, he added.
said that in the initial phase Karachi will be connected to the IT
backbone while in the second phase Lahore and Islamabad will be
simultaneously connected. The Network Operation Centre in North Amercia
will serve as the eyes and ears to monitor the different locations in
various cities to find and fix any problem in advance. With cutting edge
technology we aim to provide a reliable and speedy service whose quality
of service and price would be hard to match, he added.
disclosed that the company has already appointed some 300 dealers in
Karachi alone to provide an equivalent of 3S- sales, service and spares
— network used by auto manufacturers the worldover. More dealers will
be appointed in Lahore and Islamabad by end of this year, he added.
said that Netsol eR will have the full control of all data traffic,
quality of service, quality managed service through fully owned and
managed routers overseas enabling it to offer quick-managed network
programmes for the subscribers. It will also offer a strong level of
security as we don't have to rely on other carriers other than the
primary carrier for connectivity. We will have our own highly
professional team to manage the network to ensure back-up facilities and
a fault-free network, he added.