The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), on 14 July, wrote to the Centre that with Public Data Office Aggregators (PDOAs) having no obligation to offer interception and monitoring facilities, it could threaten data privacy and national security.
As the battle for broadband gets hotter with Jio’s latest series of announcements, the state owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will partner with the local cable operators (LCOs) to expand its Fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband service in Jharkhand.
According to an India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) report, JioGigaFiber, a fibre-based broadband service for homes and businesses, which was announced recently by Mukesh Ambani has the potential to disrupt the retail broadband segment and open up new digital avenues for the enterprise broadband segment.
Tata Projects, an arm of the Tata Group of Companies, has won a ₹3,057 crore optical fibre cable network project in Chhattisgarh from BharatNet. The project will benefit about 2.6 crore people of the state, and involves the laying of optical fibre network that follows ring architecture with Internet Protocol-Multi Protocol Label Switching (IP-MPLS) technology.
Sify Technologies Limited has partnered with Ciena to upgrade network capacity from 100G to 400G. Sify will use Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions to handle increasing data volumes and provide support for IoT, cloud based services and Big Data analytics.
Taking the Digital India mission a step forward, Maharashtra’s district Sindhudurg will have 184 more mobile towers and broadband in all panchayats. At present, 188 2G and 68 3G mobile towers are working in various talukas of the district.
To carry out the project of fee public WiFi across Delhi, the Delhi government has constituted an 11-member Specification Committee. The Committee constitutes representatives from Delhi Police, PWD, power, home and the IT departments.
To capture the Southern Markets, Bharti Airtel will launch plans for FY 2018-19 to strengthen its high speed mobile data footprint in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The telecom regulator TRAI’s model of public wifi did not go well with the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) which represents telcos such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm.
Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said that In-flight connectivity is expected to be available within a year. He added that the telecom firms, airlines and in-flight connectivity providers are expected to attend the meeting soon to finalise the plan.
Ruckus Networks, which has been in talks with telcos since 2009 about the need to have Wi-Fi in the ecosystem, is now witnessing the wave flowing in its direction as telecom operators are looking at it seriously.
The telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan is upbeat about the wifi hotspot mission, and said that the aim is to set up 1,00,000 in the first three months. The Department of telecom (DoT) is setting up 10,000 wifi hotspots next month across the country, building on the success of its public Wi-Fi pilot that offered 600 access points.
Replicating international models practiced by Facebook and Google, the Uttarakhand government has launched the balloon-based internet service in hilly and rural regions where laying of fibre optics is tough. These balloons will soon provide free Wi-Fi to remote villages.
The Government has issued a tender to launch a project expected to be completed at a cost of Rs 4,000 crore that will ensure availability of Wi-fi hotspots at social institutions like police station, schools and post offices.
The RailTel project of the internet giant Google, which began with Mumbai Central in January 2016, has now ended with the last deployment of public Wi-Fi hotspot at Dibrugarh railway station in Assam.
The Bharatnet Phase 2 tender of Gujarat worth Rs 1612 crore has been awarded to ITI, the public sector company. The tender was issued by Gujarat Fiber Grid Network Ltd (GFGNL), and as part of the project GFGNL will connect 7500 gram panchayats to blocks through underground optical fibre.
As per report by a leading daily, Jiowill soon roll out cheap 100Mbps broadband bundled VoIP calling via FTTH service. Citing anonymous sources, the media report added that RJio plans to enter the wired internet segment by the end of this year, and the fibre-to-the-home (services) will also come with unlimited calling through a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone as well as JioTV.
The data usage in rural India has soared 190% due to the launch of Wi-Fi hotspots under the rural broadband project 'BharatNet'. Users consumed 95 terabyte in six months of the service.
The ambitious project ‘DigiGaon’ will have a target to connect 700 villages with Wi-Fi. The project also helps village level entrepreneurs to use digital powers to set up their businesses.
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