Qualcomm’s Kayak “PC alternative” pictured

Nov 17, 2008

Qualcomm’s Kayak “PC alternative” pictured

John Morris (Nov 13, 2008)


Qualcomm Kayak

Here’s a picture of Kayak, the “PC alternative” for emerging markets that Qualcomm announced yesterday. It looks pretty much the way the company described it: sort of a cross between the Apple Mac Mini–bring your own monitor, keyboard and mouse–and the OLPC’s XO laptop with its rabbit-ear antennae.

Qualcomm Kayak

Qualcomm Kayak

Kayak has received a lot of coverage in the past 24 hours (here’s the Kayak press release), but it’s a bit misleading. Qualcomm isn’t going to start building netbooks. This device is a prototype that Qualcomm is demonstrating today at its analysts’ day in New York. The company hopes PC manufacturers, or more likely wireless carriers, will use this Kayak design to quickly build their own low-cost devices for markets such as India, China and South America using Qualcomm’s chips.

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Wireless Internet Basics

Jul 11, 2008

Wireless Internet refers to Internet access options where the “last mile” connectivity is wireless in nature. The advantages of having a wireless last mile are mobility and greater ease of deployment. The disadvantages are lower security and performance.

Fixed Wireless Internet works via a dish antenna receiving signals from an elevated line of sight tower within 50 km. Or via Satellite. Mobile Wireless Internet works via Bluetooth, WiFi, Mesh networks, WiMAX, GPRS, 1xRTT, EDGE, EV-DO and HSDPA.

A very approximate way of describing the mobile options would be to say that access via Bluetooth is like a television remote, which works only within a room. Access via WiFi is like a cordless phone, which works only within a building. Access via mesh networks or WiMAX is like a mobile phone without roaming, which works only within a city. While access via EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO or HSDPA is like a mobile phone with roaming, which works across the country or at least wherever the cellular signal exists.

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PC World ISP Survey: Speed and reliability the top two priorities

May 20, 2008

India’s Best and Worst ISPs

By Soham Raninga (May 07, 2008)

PC World India asked 3,565 broadband users to rate their ISPs on connection speed, reliability and customer support. 13 Indian ISP players were rated by users over speed, reliability, support and pricing.

Key findings:

Airtel DSL

Airtel received the most favorable response in terms of speed, reliability and tech support. Almost 20 percent of the respondents were Airtel subscribers. Airtel dominated the charts with 90 percent users rating it excellent when it came to wiring, installation and activation procedure.


BSNL also offers DSL connections and has the maximum user base in India. Almost 45 percent of the home users in India are on a BSNL connection. They have the maximum reach with an impressive presence in rural India. Where other ISPs have struggled to provide access in rural areas, BSNL has stood up to the task of bringing affordable broadband to the C and D class cities. BSNL users are happy with speeds but the satisfaction levels in terms of reliability and quality of installation are just about alright. Almost 35 percent of BSNL subscribers rated the quality of installation between Average and Poor.

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Tariff and Contact Details of Various ISPs

Feb 22, 2008

Airtel Broadband Tariff

Airtel Wireless USB Modem Tariff

Airtel Wireless Data Card Tariff

Airtel Broadband contact details

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