SOMA Networks in Partnership With BSNL Launches Wireless Broadband in Goa IDC

September 23, 2009

DELHI, India, September 23 /PRNewswire/ –

– Target 4,000 Units in 19 Industrial Estates in the First Phase Service
Rolled out in 5 Estates to Service 2000 Units

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has extended its Wireless Broadband to
offer an enterprise quality service to industrial units in Goa Industrial
Development Corporation (Goa IDC), a semi-state government body. BSNL’s
technology partner, US based SOMA Networks Inc., has deployed the first of
its kind enterprise quality wireless broadband service using its award
winning FlexMAX System in five industrial estates viz. Verna, Kundaim,
Pilerne, Tivim, Colvale. Goa IDC, a semi-state government body, has inked an
agreement with BSNL to provide this service to 4,000 units in the first year,
as a part of its infrastructural support provided to the industrial units in
these enclaves.

Speaking at an occasion to inaugurate the service at Verna Industrial
Estate, Mr. Digambar Kamat, Honourable Chief Minister(CM) of Goa, said,
“Industrial growth in Goa is a state priority, and I am heartened to see that
world’s leading technology infrastructure will now be made available to
industries in Goa, which is emerging as an industrial hub for
Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, Food Processing and Agro-based industries. I
commend Goa IDC for taking such a progressive step that will help us
prominently place Goa on the industrial map of India.”

Goa IDC has packaged attractive incentives to promote industries in Goa,
including a strong institutional network to support the financial needs of
the industries and create awareness of various central government and RBI
schemes. It is now working on offering infrastructural facilities at par with
anywhere else in India. Mr Palekar, MD of Goa IDC said, “Our focus is to
enable industries in Goa to become competitive in international market
placees of the globalized world. The high-speed wireless broadband Internet
connectivity will enable industries to use applications like Video
Conferencing, Wide Area Networking, and Surveillance Systems like CCTV; it
will also provide access to centrally and remotely hosted applications.”

BSNL’s partner, SOMA Networks, has invested in rolling out the network
for this wireless broadband, and will manage the service on behalf of BSNL.
Earlier this year, BSNL and SOMA rolled out a similar service for Gujarat
Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) in 99 estates with speeds up to
2Mbps. Mr Yatish Pathak, CEO and Founder of SOMA Networks said, “By offering
high speed broadband to the units in their enclaves, Goa IDC will help bring
about digital revolution to spur industrial growth in Goa. Broadband access
is critical for businesses to collaborate and connect with their partners,
suppliers and customers anywhere in the world and gain access to the latest
information on technology, research and markets. Our partnership with BSNL
has helped integrate our technology with their world-class fibre backbone
network to rollout this enterprise class service.”

Apart from Goa IDC units, enterprises like SESA-Goa are also customers of
BSNL-SOMA’s broadband service in Goa. BSNL has partnered with SOMA Networks
to deploy WiMAX service in Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.
SOMA’s Wireless DSL technology, using FlexMAX, requires one-third the time it
takes to install other telecom infrastructure, which means it can speed up
the country’s broadband penetration more rapidly than any other technology
available today.

To learn more about SOMA’s service offering with BSNL, please call toll
free: 1-800-2-33-66-00, or visit: http://www.wimax.bsnl.in

About Goa IDC

The Goa Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) was established by the
Government of Goa, in February 1966 under the provisions of Goa, Daman and
Diu Industrial Development Act, 1965 with the aims and objectives of securing
and assisting in the rapid and orderly establishment of industries in
Industrial Areas and Industrial Estates in Goa. One of the important
activities of the Corporation is setting up of Industrial Estates and offer
developed plots to industrial units.

In pursuance of the above objectives, the IDC has so far established
twenty Industrial Estates in Goa, Daman and Diu, viz Corlim, Margao,
Sancoale, Daman, Mapusa, Tivim, Bicholim, Kakoda, Honda, Bethora, Canacona,
Kundaim, Diu, Tuem, Verna, Cuncolim, Pilerne, Marcaim, Pissurlem and Colvale.


About BSNL

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. formed in October, 2000, is one of world’s
largest Telecommunications Company providing comprehensive range of telecom
services in India: Wireline, CDMA mobile, GSM Mobile, Internet, Broadband,
Carrier service, MPLS-VPN, VSAT, IN Services etc. Within a span of five years
it has become one of the largest public sector unit in India. Today, it has
about 29.6 million line basic telephone, 5 million WLL, 45 Million GSM, more
than 38700 fixed exchanges, 40000 BTS, 197 Satellite Stations, 560000 Rkm of
OFC Cable, 50000 Rkm of Microwave Network connecting 624 Districts, 7330
cities/towns and 5.5 Lakhs villages. http://www.bsnl.in

About SOMA Networks

SOMA Networks, Inc., helps service providers and their subscribers access
the world with WiMAX. As a leading provider of Mobile WiMAX products and
professional services, SOMA’s FlexMAX(TM) Mobile WiMAX System, SoftAir(TM)
Multimedia Application System, and global professional services provide a
complete platform that accelerates service providers’ time to market with
revenue-generating applications that bring broadband to the home or business.
SOMA is a principal member of the WiMAX Forum(R), and its FlexMAX Mobile
WiMAX System supports the 802.16e-2005 Mobile WiMAX standard. Deployed on
five continents, SOMA is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in
Toronto, Ottawa, Delhi, Sao Paulo and Singapore.

    For more information, visit http://www.somanetworks.com

    Nalini Dhody
    DGM - Brand Marketing & PR
    W: http://www.somanetworks.com
    E: ndhody@somanetworks.com

SOURCE Soma Networks Software Engineering Pvt. Ltd.

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