Dax To Network Kerala Lake Via Wi-Fi

Kochi | Updated: Mar 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
After Dal Lake in Kashmir and Hussainsagar in Hyderabad, it is now the turn of Kumarakom lake in Kerala to get networked. Leading networking company Dax Networks, using the wireless technology WiFi has readied a plan to network Kumarakom lake, according to company country manager Sujit Singh.

Mr Singh told eFE that talks had been held with the state government and work would begin soon after elections. The company would then move to network the Kodaikkanal lake.

Talking about the companys operations, Mr Singh said, the Chennai-based company, which is into networking, cable, router, modem and switch business, was a latecomer in Kerala. He said that though the company began operations way back in 1985, it entered the Kerala market only in 1993 after the state began to show interest in the IT sector. Out of the Rs 3,500-crore worth of networking market in the country, Kerala had a share of around Rs 200 crore.

The success of networking Dal lake and Hussainsagar had encouraged the company to consider the Kumarakom project, owing to its tourist potential. The proposal was to network an area of five sq kms of the lake where several resorts are situated. A feasibility study has been completed, and once the state government permission is received, the work would be completed in a month, Mr Singh added.

Mr Singh said the total investment would be around Rs 10 lakh. On the benefits the company would draw through this, he said that with the area being networked, it would create a market for routers, switches, modems, etc whose business the company was already into.

The company already has a good clientele in Kerala with BSNL, the state governemnts IT Mission and Akshya project, Port Trust, Taj Group and

Tata Tea among its main customers.

Mr Singh said that presently the company had an eight per cent share in the states networking market and would be doubling it next year.