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Trai plans to prevent WiFi abuse

ET Bureau
Sep 17, 2008


With terrorists using unsecured wireless fidelity (WiFi) networks to shoot off emails every time they carry out bomb blasts, Trai is examining a series of measures to have security processes in place to protect such networks.

According to sources, Trai began studying open WiFi networks after the Ahmedabad blasts and will soon issue recommendations for proper authentication and maintenance of such networks.

Importantly, following the 21 blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26 which killed 55 and injured 100, Trai had asked the government to direct all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to instruct their customers to have ‘proper authentication measures’ so that this facility is not misused. “All ISPs may be instructed to ensure that their subscribers using wireless devices must use effective authentication mechanisms and permit access to internet to only authorised persons using wireless devices,” the regulator said in its earlier communication to the DoT.

Digitizing India

General Press Releases
Sep 16, 2008


Following are the Two types of Digital divides in India

1st Digital divide: Between Urban, rich who are part of the Information Age and the poor and powerless, rural who are not.

2nd Digital divide: less often noted, is linguistic and cultural. In many nations this divide separates those who speak English from those who do not.

Three pillars which will enable to Digitize India

1. PC Penetration
2. Broadband and Internet Access
3. Mobile penetration

Indian telcos eyeing CDN space

Deepa Damodaran
Sep 15, 2008


With 3G spectrum ironing its way in, Indian telecos are more than ever cashing in on content delivery network (CDN) services market, which is amounted to be of Rs.1, 163 crore by 2010.

Indian content providers are looking for next-generation CDN platform, which can deliver high quality video, fast file download and live video broadcast to cope with the demanding growth.

Recently, Reliance Globalcom, a unit of Reliance Communications, has also tied up with Internap Network Services Corporation, a provider of end-to-end Internet business solutions.

Similarly, Tata Communications, a provider of new world of communications, joined hands with BitGravity, Inc., a next-generation CDN for interactive broadcasting.

BSNL Broadband set for Massive Expansion

PIB Press Release
Sep 15, 2008


State owned telecom operator BSNL is to extend broadband facility to all districts and Blocks of the country by March 2009. At present, it has covered about 95 percent of the District Headquarters and about 44 percent of the Blocks. The Company also plans to extend broadband coverage to 1.48 lakh villages in the next six months compared to only 30000 villages now. BSNL’s broadband already covers 3261 cities, which will be further expanded to 5000 cities by March next year.

The Communications and IT Minister Thiru A Raja recently announced that government will initially connect 5000 blocks by wireless broadband soon after the allocation of the spectrum, with support from the USO fund. Villages coming within a radius of 10 Kms. of the Block Headquarter shall be covered by such connectivity. This will benefit many institutional users like schools, public health centers, Village Panchayats and the Community Service Centers (CSCs) meant to provide E-Governance and Data services to the rural areas. BSNL will play a major role in providing the wireless broadband connectivity as it has done in the case of the shared mobile infrastructure scheme. In order to promote expansion of rural wire line and wire line based broadband services, Government has recently decided to waive off the license fees for rural wire line.

Dialling more collusion

Sunil Jain
Sep 15, 2008


You have to hand it to Communications Minister A Raja and the ever-watching Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. If it wasn’t bad enough that the duo played favourites and allotted dirt-cheap 2G-mobile spectrum to a favoured few while creating a special category of mobile licence for Reliance Communications primarily, they’ve now gone and created another special category of mobile players at a fourth the price of the others in the 3G space; and while making a pretence of revisiting the 3G guidelines, they’ve ensured the market remains closed to newcomers.

First, the 3G collusion. On August 1, the government announced a set of 3G auction guidelines that looked fair since, apart from the existing players, anyone with 3G experience could also bid. The problem was that the policy required newcomers to pay Rs 1,651 crore more for an operating 2G licence as well, but without the spectrum that goes along with it. So what’s the change here? Well, the September 12 clarifications make it clear the wannabe 3G player need not now pay the Rs 1,651 crore to the government for a 2G licence but can simply buy it off an existing 2G player.

BSNL to launch IP service next month

Sonika Bhatia
Sep 14, 2008


CHANDIGARH: Cable TV and DTH operators are set to become a passé with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) planning to launch the Internet Protocol (IP) TV services in the region by next month. With this Chandigarh will become first city in the country to start such a service.

Internet Protocol is a system that provides digital TV service which works with the broad band connection. The trial for the same has already begun.

With this one can watch the TV channels on their television set as well as on computer just like cable TV.

While one has to shell out about Rs 250 or more for the cable TV (which shows approximately 75-100 channels) and that too with not much clarity, the BSNL claims it will be providing channels with much better picture quality.

DoT eases roll-out obligation for WiMax players

Thomas K Thomas
Sep 13, 2008


At a time when the broadband penetration is growing at a dismal pace, the Government has relaxed the rural roll-out obligation for wireless broadband players.

The Department of Telecom has decided to give WiMax players five years to fulfil their roll-out obligations instead of the earlier proposed two years. DoT had earlier mandated that operators using technologies such as WiMax for offering broadband should cover at least 25 per cent of the rural areas within two years of acquiring spectrum.

In the revised guidelines, DoT has done away with this and said that the operators will have to roll out their network to 50 per cent of the rural areas and 90 per cent of the urban areas in five years time. This is similar to the roll-out obligations imposed on operators offering third generation (3G) mobile services. The move will benefit operators getting WiMax spectrum as they will have more time to cover rural areas.

Closing the gates on windows

Devangshu Datta
New Delhi
Sep 13, 2008


Google’s Chrome is another link in its strategy to use the net for popularising free online applications to supersede the traditional and expensive desktop computing model.

While average reviews have been positive, power users have had mixed reactions. There are many grey areas in current functionality. The most glaring is the lack of Linux and Mac versions, though rollouts are expected soon.

The initial End-user license agreement (EULA) gave Google copyright claims to practically any content created through Chrome. That was fixed within 24 hours (with retrospective effect for initial downloads). But there are a dozen known security holes and exploits were published very quickly. Google may have fixed some with its first security update, a week after the initial release.

3G spectrum charges not on combined revenues

Thomas K. Thomas
Sep 12, 2008


Existing cellular players have got another incentive for rolling out third-generation mobile services quicker. The Department of Telecom has decided to allow operators to separate their revenues from 2G and 3G services respectively for the purpose of calculating the annual spectrum charges.

Earlier, the department was discussing about imposing the charge for 3G spectrum as an addition to the existing 2G levies. Operators currently pay a maximum of 4 per cent of their annual revenues depending on the quantum of the 2G spectrum they use.

DoT has said that operators need to pay one per cent on revenues earned from offering 3G services as spectrum charges. This means that an operator like Bharti Airtel, instead of coughing up a total of 5 per cent of their combined revenues from both 2G and 3G services, will have to pay 1 per cent on revenues from 3G services and another 4 per cent on revenues from 2G services separately.

Telepresence market to reach $40 mn by 2012

BS Reporter
Sep 12, 2008


The audio and video conferencing market in India which has undergone a paradigm shift with the emergence of telepresence as a business solution for real time communication, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 53 per cent to reach $40 million by 2010.

According to a survey conducted by consulting firm Zinnov Management Consulting, the market for telepresence in India is pegged as $7.2 million at present. Improvement in broadband infrastructure, increase in travel cost, going green initiatives and globalisation are some of the key factors that would led to this growth, the report said.

Akamai releases ‘State of the Internet’ report

CIOL Bureau
Sep 11, 2008


Akamai’s global network saw 2.1 million unique IPs from India, and India ranked 14th in terms of unique IPs, a growth of 4.5 percent over last quarter

India had 0.002 IPs per capita – translating to 2 unique IP addresses per 1000 people

India ranked 15th in terms of attack traffic origination in Q2, contributing 1 percent to observed global attack traffic – last quarter India was ranked at 10th

The percentage of broadband connections from India with speeds above 5 Mbps (high broadband) and 2 Mps (broadband) were 0.6% and 4.6% respectively

India’s high broadband IP per capita was .00001 (1 IP with speeds above 5 Mbps per 100,000 people)

The percentage of connections with speeds less than 256 Kbps from India was 26 percent


BSNL getting 93 million more mobile lines to serve all villages above 1000 population

PIB Press Release
Sep 10, 2008


State owned telecom operator, BSNL, is to procure 93 million lines to extend coverage of GSM mobile services to all the villages in the country having more than 1000 population. Through this expansion, BSNL will also introduce value added services like mobile TV, mobile broadband, MMS, location based services etc. This was announced by the Communications and IT Minister Thiru A Raja while addressing the Members of the Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to his Ministry in New Delhi today. Mr. Raja said, the procurement of the lines will be done in a phased manner through zonal competitive tendering process. The zonal tenders have already been floated.

The Minister informed that value added services like mobile banking, mobile advertisement, tele-education and lost mobile tracking system are also planned to be launched by BSNL during the current year. BSNL is going to provide wireless broadband services through Wi-Max technology via the franchisee route.

3G iPhone on BSNL soon!

Indiatimes Infotech
Sep 09, 2008


Quoting a senior BSNL executive, a leading business daily reported that BSNL will introduce Apple’s 3G iPhone for its subscribers across the country by December along with the launch of the third generation network.

This means, unlike rivals Vodafone and Airtel, who currently hold licence for 3G iPhone in India, 3G iPhone on BSNL may actually support 3G services right from its launch.

While the private telecom companies have to acquire 3G spectrum through a process of bidding, both the public sector units have already been allotted spectrum on a pro-rata basis.

Broadband Pacenet gets FIPB clearance to induct Ashmore

Televisionpoint.com Correspondent, Mumbai
Sep 08, 2008


Broadband service providers are clearing their last hurdle. Mumbai based Broadband Pacenet (India) has got clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to induct PE firm Ashmore Investment Management, as a 74% partner. FIPB has cleared a FDI proposal of Rs 17.3 crore last week.

Broadband Pacenet has obtained government’s nod to induct foreign equity by way of subscribing to or acquisition of shares up to 74 per cent equity of the company.

Broadband Pacenet is promoted by Jagjit Singh Kohli, Yogesh Shah and Yogesh Radhakrishnan, who are known for pioneering cable television industry in India.

Taking WiMAX to villages poses next big challenge

Durba Ghosh, ET Bureau
Sep 08, 2008


NEW DELHI: India, which is expected to have the world’s largest WiMAX deployment by 2012, offers great opportunity and some unique challenges to the wireless digital communications technology. It may perhaps be the market that would define the success of this technology as a solution to connect rural and untapped territories.

With ICT-enabled kiosks or common service centers (CSC) dotting India’s rural map, WiMax could play a major role in delivering various applications to rural India. These include online bill payment, delivery of agriculture, healthcare and entertainment services, solutions for e-commerce activities, including commodity price information, online trading and banking transactions.


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