Microsoft and Hughes to roll out 5000 satellite-based Internet kiosks in India

Microsoft and Hughes India have partnered up to roll out thousands of satellite-based Internet kiosks in India. Around 5000 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) kiosks will be built in 200 small towns and rural regions across the country. In addition to Internet access, the kiosks will have international voice calling and business to business services.

Local businesses will run the kiosks for profit, presumably charging by the minute or hour. Since many people in rural areas probably don't know how the Internet works or how to use a computer Microsoft is offering a 12-day IT training program to kiosk owners. Owners are then encouraged to set up literacy programs in their respective areas.