Hughes In Pact With Navin Mail To Offer Voice Mail

Mumbai: | Updated: Apr 25 2002, 05:30am hrs
Hughes India Ltd (HTIL) has tied up with Navin Mail Services (India) Ltd to provide voice messaging services at Rs 6 per mi-nute to the United States and Cana-da. This was announced at a press meet in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The service will allow all Hughes subscribers to send voice messages to phones in these countries.

“We are looking to launch the service in June this year,” said HTIL president & CEO, George Varghese. Emphasising that the price would be the proposition, he added that there was a market in India which could be addressed with the service.

Navin Communications CEO Sabeer Bhatia said the concept of voice mail was a combination of short messaging service (SMS) and voice. His company which offers the service to the US and Canadian markets is planning to extend it to the United Kingdom as well. The service is provided via the Internet and does not require an ISD connection.

Mr Bhatia was optimistic about the prospects of the service in the Indian market. “The advantage is that it will supplement the landline and not replace it,” said Mr Bhatia. Admitting that PC penetration was low in the country, he explained that it took less than 10 minutes for the message to be transmitted.

Navin Communications had earlier tied up with cellular brand Orange to provide voice messaging service. The company is currently in negotiations with other basic services operators to offer the service.