Reliance Communications, India’s largest integrated telecom operator today announced the launch of free website package for all its Netconnect users.

The website package includes a domain name of user’s choice, a user-friendly website builder with hosting and 10 business email accounts at the chosen domain name. SMEs, SEPs and individuals can now have their own website and attract newer customers even though they might not have the technical know-how or resources to create and host one.

India is among the most under penetrated and undeserved countries in terms of websites per person online. The total number of websites in the world today stands at 8 Crore and in comparison websites owned by Indians are just 8 lakh. Broadly speaking merely 1% websites are owned by Indians. As per industry reports, the number of internet users in India stands at 8.1 Crore and by 2013 India will be the third largest country behind only to the US and China. Today roughly 1 in 25 internet users worldwide own a website, while in India only 1 in 100 internet users own a website. This disparity has significantly affected Indian entrepreneurs, and has become a bottleneck to their growth.

In its endeavour to promote the internet usage and website ownership among Indians, the company has entered into an exclusive partnership with BigRock. BigRock will enable Reliance Netconnect users to establish and grow their online presence; build their own websites from scratch using a very intuitive- but powerful- feature rich, and user friendly website builder package. A complete suite of products allow businesses to run a professional website without the hassles of having to deal with multiple vendors. These feature rich & social media ready websites will help them reach out to newer segments of customers and compete at a global level. It also provides easy control to modify and update the website as and when required. Furthermore, user is assisted by a strong customer service setup, available through phone or chat.

This offer will empower SMEs and SOHOs promote their business at no cost. Their clients can visit the website, surf the products and services, get the contact details, place orders and also leave feedback – all online. The number of websites owned by Indians is expected to increase manifold after the launch of this offer, thus enhancing the trade and economy of the country.

Announcing the launch, Mr. Prashant Gokarn, Reliance Communications said, “This opportunity will significantly boost web presence for our Netconnect subscribers. We are targeting the SMEs, SEPs and entrepreneurs, as well as individuals who wish to stay connected & interact for personal or business needs. Our strategy is to focus on the integration of the two worlds. Consequently, we anticipate providing free website will increase the number of Indians owning the websites significantly.”

To avail the offer, Reliance Netconnect Users need to register their email address while subscribing for the Netconnect service. This can also be done by calling the Reliance Netconnect customer care at 1800 3000 5555, or by registering at the Netconnect website The users will be sent a coupon code on their registered email address. The process for availing the offer will also be explained in the email. The users can redeem this coupon code and get the website package free of cost. The service is free for the first year of registration. After the first year, the customers will pay the prevailing fee to BigRock if they wish to continue the service.

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