Microsoft: 50,000 Internet kiosks in India through franchising
The software and IT giant, Microsoft, is looking to link up India’s rural regions and is aiming to achieve this through franchising. According to a report on Spiegel online, Microsoft boss, Bill Gates, has launched the project, "Saksham", whereby around 50,000 Internet kiosks are to be set up over the next few years in rural areas with the help of local, private investors.
The project’s franchise partners must invest between 25,000 and 100,000 dollars to set up a cyber kiosk. According to the terms of the model, Microsoft shall receive money from the sale or licensing out of the software, whilst the franchisees should profit from the takings from the Internet cafés, IT courses and other services.
The report went on to say that the project has already
been tested and optimized in around 300 pilot kiosks.
Should the Saksham
project prove to be a success, then Microsoft may start similar projects in
other fast-developing nations.