At a press meet, Tata Teleservices Maharashtras (TTML) COO YVL Pandit said the advantage of the service was that it allowed customers to access the Net from where they are. This would be hotspot locations like hotels and airports. We have already tied up with some Barista outlets in Mumbai which will allow users to avail of the service, he explained. Over the next nine months, the facility will be available across all Barista outlets in the country. Tata Indicom is also in talks with the Airports Authority of India for access at airports and with several hotels.
On the costs involved for the service, Mr Pandit said, For a cup of capuccino and half an hour of internet time, the user will pay Rs 45 at the Barista outlets. The company is still working out the pricing modalities and this will depend on the location. Responding to a question on the nature of the deal between Tata Indicom and the food and beverage outlet, he said it was one of revenue sharing.
The project will have the involvement of other group firms like Tata Tele, Tata Info, Tata Net and VSNL.
The investments for this would be in the range of Rs 10 crore over the next one year.