Bangalore Is Pronto Apac Hub

Bangalore | Updated: Mar 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
Pronto Networks, the US-based provider of carrier-class operations, support, systems (OSS) solutions for Wi-Fi hotspot networks, plans to develop its Bangalore operations as the hub of its commercial operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Sales, aftersales and support for the entire region will be done out of Bangalore, where the company already has a Network Operation Centre (NOC). It is also planning to scale up its software development activities in the country.

The company plans to enter the Indian market and South East Asian markets initially, followed by Australia and Japan later. In the next phase, sales offices would be set up in Delhi, Mumbai and Singapore.

Speaking to eFE, Pronto Networks general manager India and South East Asia Mr Paramjit Singh Puri said, We are looking at providing OSS solutions to both large carrier class service providers and small entreprenuers in the region. The complete sales and aftersales support would be handled out of India and Pronto will partner with large telecom system integrators across the region in terms of deployment.

Whats At Stake

According to Gartner and IDC estimates, the Asia Pacific region has around 30,000 hotspots, expected to increase up to 200,000 by 2005.
Growth to get a boost with all the next-generation products includng laptops, PDAs mobiles and desktops being Wi-Fi enabled

According to Gartner and IDC estimates, the Asia Pacific region has around 30,000 hotspots at present which are expected to increase up to 200,000 by 2005. Pronto is looking at garnering a 25 per cent share of the OSS solutions required for this market.

Our growth depends on the growth of Wi-Fi, which at present is growing at 50 per cent annually.

The growth will have a further boost with all the next-generation products includng laptops, PDAs mobiles and desktops being Wi-Fi enabled, he said.

In India, there are 200 hotspots currently and around 1000 hotspots are expected to come in the next one year. Pronto is in talks with major telecom service providers and small entreprenuers in the country who are keen on becoming WISPs (Wireless Internt Providers). All the large telecom service providers are looking at Wi-Fi as the next source of revenue generation, Mr Puri said.

According to Mr Puri, public telecom service providers like BSNL and MTNL have shown interest and would be doing pilot projects shortly.

In India, Pronto plans to introduce two service models - a combination of BOT (build, operate, transfer) and outright sales of the OSS solutions for large service providers and managed services for smaller players.

At present, the company has 100 clients and manages 6000 hotspots across the US, Europe and some parts of Asia.