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Sify Technologies Limited
Company typePublic company
GenreInformation and communications technology
Founded12 December 1995; 28 years ago (1995-12-12)[1][2]
FounderR. Ramaraj
Tharamani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Area served
Key people
  • Kamal Nath (CEO)
  • Raju Vegesna (Chairman & managing director)
  • Vijay Kumar (CFO)
RevenueIncrease 2,507 crore (US$310 million) (March 2018)[3]
Number of employees

Sify Technologies Limited (formerly Satyam Infoway)[5] is an Indian information and communications technology (ICT) company providing telecom services, data center services, cloud & managed services, transformation integration services, and application integration services. Sify Technologies Limited played a role during the early spread of Internet and e-commerce in India. It has been listed on NASDAQ as SIFY since October 1999. Merrill Lynch was the underwriter for Sify's IPO on the NASDAQ.[6] Sify was founded and led to IPO by R. Ramaraj.


In November 1999, Sify paid 122.2 crore for a 24.5% stake in IndiaWorld Communications. It acquired the remaining shares for 325.4 crore on 30 June 2000.[6][7]

In 2000, Sify sponsored the India Olympics team.[8] In January 2002, Sify announced prizes for most emails sent under a 6-week contest called "Sify Greenmail," promoting emails as an eco-friendly way of communication.[9] In March 2002, Sify made an agreement with Makemytrip to run Sify's travel portal.[10]

Sify used to run the i-Way chain of Internet cafes.[11] In 2002, Sify introduced wireless last mile connections with speeds up to 256 kbit/s.[12] By August 2003, it had over 1,000 i-Way cyber cafes in India.[13] In December 2003, Sify launched video-conferencing facilities in its Internet cafes.[14]

In 2004, Sify, with Level Up! Games, launched an MMORPG.[15] In June 2004, the Supreme Court of India set a legal precedent regarding domain names in the Satyam Infoway Ltd. v. Sifynet Solutions Pvt. Ltd. lawsuit.[1]

In November 2005, Satyam Computer Services sold its remaining 31.61% shares in Sify to Infinity Capital Ventures, which is owned by Raju Vegesna, for US$62.62 million.[16]

See also


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  15. ^ "PC games becoming more popular in Chennai". The Hindu. 2 May 2005. Archived from the original on 19 August 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
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