Facebook, in its initiative to connect millions through internet in India, has now partnered with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The partnership will boost FB’s Express WiFi service in the country. The deal is for the backhaul bandwidth connectivity at preferential rates for its Internet service provider (ISP) partners.
The country’s telecom regulator TRAI and the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) should work closely with the Department of Space (DoS) for commercial satellite communications to enable high speed broadband connectivity in rural regions of the country, this was suggested by the Broadband India Forum (BIF), a technology neutral lobby of several tech companies serving satellite and telecom sector that promotes broadband.
The Karnataka government instructed the Mysuru City Corporation to disconnect the cell phones of 65 corporators and officials who misused and overused the phones allotted to them. The Corporation followed the instruction, but the step has not only caused trouble to the general public but also to the officials of Mysuru City Corporation. Mysuru City Corporation commissioner Jagadeesh on April 27 had written a letter to the BSNL officials to discontinue its services and most of the phones were disconnected on 30th April.
To increase revenue and retain customers, MTNL is aiming to convert nearly half of its fixed line users into broadband subscribers over the next 18 months. At present, nearly 34% of its fixed line customers are also its broadband subscribers.
Leaving previous year winner Maharashtra behind, Delhi has emerged as the top-ranked State in terms of overall internet readiness. Delhi won the title due to its massive e-infrastructure and e-participation, according to a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and marketing research firm Nielsen.
The government has approved FDI proposals of Vodafone and Atria Convergence Technologies as well as other proposals worth Rs 659 crore. Now, the path is clear for Vodafone India’s acquisition of 100% shares of internet service provider (ISP) You Broadband India by way of transfer from resident and non-resident shareholders. This FDI proposal is worth Rs 55.09 crore. Atria, whose FDI proposal was worth Rs 35 crore, had sought approval for transfer of 0.99% of shares currently held by resident shareholders to the existing foreign investors Argan (Mauritius), Mauritius and TA FVCI Investors Ltd, Mauritius.
To bring 5 billion people in the fold of mobile broadband, the UN Broadband Commission has called for a “New Deal” which will involve fresh industry collaboration and public-private partnerships (PPP). At the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development's 2017 Spring Meeting in Hong Kong on March 16, participants debated the need for a new deal between all broadband stakeholders to work towards full global connectivity and digital transformation.
On 31st January, the regulator TRAI approved Jio’s free voice calling and data plan and said that it was not a violation of the regulatory guidelines. On 16th March, the telecom disputes settlement appellate and Tribunal (TDSAT) has asked the regulator to re-examine its nod to Jio’s free promotional offers, and also inform it about the outcome and findings of the examination within two weeks.
TeamF1 Networks, a D-Link India subsidiary, has been selected by Reliance Jio to offer home gateway and joint reference solutions for seamless ‘connected-home’ experience for media, television (IPTV, STB), telephone (VoIP), gaming and internet. The Home Gateway Solution (HGW) is a comprehensive turnkey software package from TeamF1 enabling the next generation of rich, auto-provisioned residential gateways and CPE routers deployed by Jio. Today, with the increase in IP-connected devices in every home, a variety of applications such as IPTV, media streaming, video-on-demand, remote security surveillance, online gaming, peer-to-peer and social networking have to be supported by Jio deployed devices.
India’s biggest non-telco Internet Service Provider (ISP) and third-largest ISP, ACT Fibernet has upgraded its existing internet plans for customers in Hyderabad from 1st March by increasing the speed and Fair Usage Policy (FUP) at the same price.
Kalanithi Maran, founder-promoter, Sun TV Network, has found relief as not only has the Special CBI court acquitted him and his brother Dayanidhi Maran in the Aircel-Maxis case but also Sun Group’s cable TV outfit has got a provisional licence from I&B.
DEN Networks Limited is now preparing to start feature-rich 4k and `open’ set-top-boxes soon, and will also continue to push its HD STBs to enrich consumer experience and keep pace with evolving international trends, which have started reflecting in a price-sensitive Indian market too.
Connect Broadband, the telecom arm of the Videocon Group and market leader in broadband in Punjab has collaborated with Indian mobile wallet major ‘MobiKwik’ to offer and promote cashless digital transactions. As a part of this strategic tie up, any Connect broadband Customer who makes his Connect broadband bill payment using the MobiKwik wallet service can avail a cash-back of upto ` 150 or 15% of the bill amount, whichever is lower?
R.S. Sharma, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) inaugurated a national telecom seminar at the Amity University campus in Noida, U.P. on Jan 20. Vouching for changes in policies for deeper penetration of the internet in Indian markets, Sharma said that need of the hour is to create an infrastructure that can provide internet services to a population of 1.2 billion despite geographical and economic challenges. He expressed displeasure over the slow rate of internet penetration in India due to bureaucratic issue.
Just like Bharti Aitel which had already moved the tribunal against the continuation of free services and data extended by Reliance Jio in Dec last year; a telecom company of private sector, Idea Cellular, Aditya Birla Group has petitioned TDSAT seeking to stop Reliance Jio from continuing free services by last Mar, 2017.
A giant company of telecom sector Bharti Airtel has escalated its legal battle against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), filing an additional affidavit in the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in which it has slammed the watchdog for what it termed ‘Tacitly’ allowing Reliance Jio Infocomm to break rules around ‘anti-competitive’ promotional offers. In the affidavit filed with the TDSAT on Jan 10, Airtel has made the allegations, Sat release stated.
As per the data collected a public sector broadband service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), 10-million approximately wired broadband subscriber mark by last October 2016 with a highest rise in October. Obviously BSNL added 60,000 more subscribers in the 10th month of 2016 which is the highest figure as compared to others in the industry. MTNL was the only broadband player to lose 10,000 customers during the month. India’s top five broadband service providers constituted 80.36% market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of October.
Manthan Broadband Services Pvt. Ltd. is a leading multi system operator (MSO) in West Bengal continues to black out Star TV channels over a payment dispute since Jan 6. Lakhs of subscribers of Manthan reported did not have access to over 45 channels. It is 4th one blackout on Manthan since June 2016. Both Manthan and Star India didn’t take any initiative on Jan 09 although talks were due. Consequently, subscribers continued to be deprived of the channels for more days.
The public sector telecom unit Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has started working with local cable operators to roll out its services like broadband over fibre-to-the-home (FTTH). BSNL launched its FTTH service in Warangal in association with the LCOs for the first time in the state of Telengana. With the FTTH route, BSNL can offer high-speed internet services and phone facility to the subscribers.
The key insights dig deeper into broadband reach, accessibility and consumer internet behavior in BharatNet pilot areas.
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