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Spectranet launches ‘MProtect’ with innovative Cyberoam’s Layer 8 security solution

New Delhi, 18 January, 2011: Spectranet, a leading Integrated Communication Services Provider, today launches ‘MProtect’, a fully-managed 8-layered internet security solution powered by the most advanced Cyberoam UTM (Unified Threat Management) platform. The service is in partnership with Cyberoam, India’s leading security solutions provider.

MProtect’ offers unique and innovative features such as fully managed UTM, no dedicated manpower requirement, custom made SLA and 24×7 support to name a few. It further offers comprehensive security solutions to SOHO, SMB/ SMEs through multiple security features integrated over a single managed platform. The innovative Cyberoam’s Layer 8 security solution from ‘MProtect’ will sync with each and every security module and allow organizations to create security policies based on user identity. Companies can easily opt for MProtect as it avoids incurring any Capex.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Udit Mehrotra, Managing Director, Spectranet said, “Network Security is one of the topmost concerns in the Corporate world today. However, very few organizations have the skillsets to deploy, monitor and manage the same. Hence we came up with ‘MProtect’ that will offer simplified & fully-managed network security without compromising on connectivity and productivity. We decided to partner with Cyberoam for this Service as their unique identity-based security based on Layer 8 technology protects organizations from internal threats that lead to data theft and loss.”

Speaking on the occasion, Tushar Sighat, VP – Operations, Elitecore Technologies said, “Our Cyberoam UTM platform is the most comprehensive security solution in the market today. ‘Mprotect’ will enable Enterprise customers to adopt this solution as a fully managed pay-as-you-use model. Our decision to partner with Spectranet was based on Spectranet’s deep expertise in the Internet domain and their ability to offer a nation-wide managed service operating from their Security Operations Center (SOC) in New Delhi

With ‘MProtect’, companies would be able to view and analyze user activities anywhere in the network which enables them to take network security decisions based on user names. Its IP-independent nature will further allow the users to carry their own access rights and policies anywhere in the network environments like DHCP and Wi-Fi.

Some of the other innovative features of ‘MProtect’:

-Fully Managed UTM appliance for most advanced security

-Three unique product & service flavors…choose any based on your business needs.

-Central Console for remote management and pro-active support

-Periodic reporting of your network security environment.

-SSL VPN for 100-1000 concurrent users

-Enables allocation of bandwidth to the right job, people or function.

About Cyberoam

Cyberoam is a leading UTM vendor with extensive presence in 120+ countries. Cyberoam identity-based UTM appliances offer comprehensive protection against existing and emerging Internet threats, including viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, phishing, pharming and more. Cyberoam UTM delivers the complete range of security features such as stateful inspection firewall, VPN, gateway anti-virus, gateway anti-malware, gateway anti-spam, intrusion prevention system, content filtering in addition to bandwidth management and multiple link management over a single platform. Cyberoam UTM has recently upgraded its feature offerings with the launch of Version X – application Layer 7 Visibility, IM Management and Control, 3G/WWAN Connectivity, Extensible Security Architecture, Next-generation UI and “IPv6 Ready” Gold Logo. Cyberoam has been named as No. 1 UTM Appliance Vendor in India in IDC’s recently released Quarterly Tracker for Q3 2010 and is also featured as ‘Visionary’ by Gartner in its Magic Quadrant for UTM Appliances.

About Spectranet:

Spectranet started its journey in the year 2000 as the pioneer of Broadband in India. Since its acquisition by the Shyam Group in 2008, it has evolved into an Integrated Communication Services Provider. Spectranet’s operations are strategically segmented into Enterprise and Home solutions. Spectranet’s portfolio ranges from high-speed broadband to next-gen cloud-based services. The solutions Spectranet offers are tailored to meet the rapidly changing needs of our customers. Spectranet currently offers its services to over 20,000 satisfied customers in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad & Chandigarh and is extending its footprint to many more cities across India. Spectranet is an ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 27001:2005 Certified Company.

For more information, please contact:

Sunando Bhattacharya/ Himaank Tripathi

Spectranet/ Edelman

Mobile no: + 91 9711152299/ +91 9560311551

Email: sunando.bhattacharya@spectranet.in / himaank.tripathi@edelman.com

January 19, 2011 at 9:07 am Comments (0)

Spectranet plans 500-cr investment, to offload 26%

NEW DELHI: Internet services provider Spectranet will invest Rs 500 crore over the next five years to increase its broadband infrastructure, number of retail subscribers and create hotspots in India.

The Shyam Group-promoted company may raise money from bank loans, internal accruals and by offloading up to 26% stake by June to private equity investors, Spectranet director Udit Mehrotra told ET. Shyam Group had acquired Spectranet from Punj Lloyd in 2008.

Spectranet will change its strategy and focus more on retail customers than enterprises. It will use direct-selling strategy adopted by the likes of consumer goods majors Amway, Mary Kay and Tupperware to sell Internet-usage plans promoting unlimited download.

The money will be spent in expanding optical fibre network to 30,000 km in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad and 94 more cities within five years. The company will hire more than 400 people to service clients.

India has more than 10.5 million broadband subscribers largely serviced on demand by established players like BSNL, MTNL, Airtel, Reliance and Hathway. Spectranet plans to increase its subscriber base from 50,000 to 2 million in five years by direct selling.

Established telecom companies have over 97% of the internet market in the country, and so far, standalone players such as Spectranet have failed to make an impact in this segment. The broadband space is set to witness fresh competition with the entry of Reliance Industries , the only company that has airwaves to offer wireless data services across the country.

Mehrotra says the company’s USP of unlimited download at any price point for the consumer and last-mile connectivity on wireless or wired network has helped it get 50,000 customers over the last nine months.
Spectranet will also create 5,000 hotspots or zones providing free internet access in six cities, up from 500 hotspots.
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January 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm Comments (0)

Spectranet plans Rs 100-cr expansion

Internet services provider Spectranet is planning to invest Rs 100 crore over the next 12 months in a bid to ramp up its broadband infrastructure in the country. The Shyam Group-owned company is expanding its optical fibre network from six cities to 30 cities by December 2011.
Speaking to Business Line, Mr Udit Mehrotra, Director, Spectranet, “We are looking at Rs 100 crore investment over the next 12-14 months. We plan to fund it through debt and internal approvals and at some later stage private equity as well.”

Subscriber base
Shyam Group had acquired Spectranet from Punj Lloyd in 2008 and has 50,000 subscribers. The company is looking to triple its subscriber base in the next 12-14 months.
“When we bought Spectranet it was a small and medium enterprise-focused broadband player. So if you wanted an Internet connection, Spectranet could provide that to you. Post the acquisition we have broadened our focus. We have moved both horizontally and vertically. We wanted to be a player not just in the broadband and enterprise space but to go beyond that. We have gone ahead from a mere Internet connectivity player to be more integrated communications service provider,” Mr Mehrotra said.
Spectranet has so far rolled out about 2,000 route km of optical fibre cables across Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad and is planning to expand it to 6,000 km. “We are building our own fibre infrastructure because we believe the data requirement is only going to go up from this point. In India, not only are we looking at a rapid increase in penetration but we are also looking at a rapid increase in the usage per person or usage per household. The total bandwidth requirement is going to grow and which can only be handled by fibre network,” Mr Mehrotra said.

Cluster approach
While Spectranet is expanding its presence across various cities, it is adopting a cluster approach whereby optic fibre cable is being rolled out to specific areas within a city. “Our approach is that we go after a cluster where we want to focus; we offer our solutions in a focused and concentrated manner to get a higher market share and that’s what helps us to keep our cost low and provide better quality of service. The way we benchmark success doesn’t lie in having 10,000 customers in 10 cities. Success lies in having 10,000 customers in one city,” Mr Mehrotra added.

January 13, 2011 at 10:49 am Comments (0)