September 10, 2000

India's international long distance phone service no longer a monopoly

Author: JT Smith

Government-owned Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL} holds a monopoly on all voice long distance calls to and from India, but according to this situation will end in April, 2002. 85% of VSNL's revenue now comes from international calling, but the company has now been granted license by the Indian government to go into the ISP business nationwide and hopes Internet revenue will replace its lost earnings from voice phone transmission.


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