Indian Internet infrastructure and networking company Sify (ticker: SIFY) perhaps realizes that mobile and Web content is potentially a more profitable business than providing access lines and running Internet cafes. Here's CEO R. Ramaraj discussing Sify's consumer Web portal business and mobile content business on Sify's Q2 conference call. Note the point about multiple languages in India - not an issue faced by Internet content companies in English-speaking countries:
Our consumer Portal, Sify.com, leads in language versions with content available in five Indian languages in addition to English. Sify has taken the lead in developing multilingual versions as we believe availability of content and languages is crucial to getting many more Indians to access the Internet.
Wireless Internet is another fast-growing opportunity with 60 million mobile users in the country and well over 1 million new connections being added in every month. Sify.com's 4545 (ph) service for wireless Internet content such as news, sport updates, entertainment and ring tones for mobile users, we've seen steady growth. We also launched the SifyMail on mobile service; while SifyMail subscribers to access the mail over their mobile phones using the 4545 service.
To address the need for suitable and attractive content for broadband access that has so far not been available, Sify launched SifyMax.in, a complete broadband content site that gives Internet users access to an enormous range of media and audio content. The site is seeing growing use by our own as well as other broadband users in the country.
(Quotes are from the CCBN StreetEvents transcript.)
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