According to Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan, In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) which will enable air travelers to make calls and access internet services on domestic and international flights in India may happen by September end.
As reported earlier, the Delhi will soon get free Wi-Fi at important public places. The Delhi government is thinking about different models to offer the services. This includes laying of optical fibres to homes and providing internet vouchers.
In a bid to attract more users and do branding, the Internet service provider (ISP) ONEOTT iNTERTAINMENT, which offers its home broadband services under ONE Broadband and ONE Fiber, will soon launch free Wi-fi with unlimited data usage at 100 locations across Mumbai and Maharashtra.
Taking a leap forward in speed, the leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) Hathway Broadband on 10 September launched its high-speed 300 Mbps broadband plan in Chennai city at a price of Rs 1,699.
The smart TV buyers using e-commerce site Flipkart will have big offers from ACT Fibernet as both have reached a deal. Valid till 30 Nov, the offer includes 1,500GB of additional data and a free wireless router. Also, buyers will get two months free Internet subscription.
The mega launch of JioGigaFiber (FTTH) broadband on 15 August by Reliance Jio is progressing on a positive note in many cities, but the sources said that the company is facing stiff resistance from local cable operators (LCOs). Since the last mile connectivity is crucial for success, LCOs cooperation is vital for Jio.
The leading telecom operator Airtel has got a notice from the department of telecommunications (DoT) asking it to pay ₹ 1,626.89 crore to clear its merger with Bharti Digital Networks (formerly known as Tikona Digital Networks). Left with no choice, the telco has approached the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) seeking a stay on the DoT demand.
The Wi-Fi vendors have written to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in which they have expressed support to sector regulator TRAI’s Public Data Office (PDO) proposal. They want free Wi-Fi regime as they feel they licensing regime suppresses innovation.
Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance& Corporate Affairs Piyush Goyal said on 28 August that around 6,000 railway stations will be WiFi-enabled in the next six-eight months. He was speaking at the 'Smart Railways Conclave' organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Netplus Broadband, which is owned by multi system operator (MSO) Fastway Transmissions, has launched the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service in Delhi and Himachal Pradesh. A total of 10 cities are being covered in these two states.
The subscribers of the Punjab-based internet service provider (ISP) Connect Broadband can now stream directly from Netflix as the ISP provider has deployed the Netflix Cache Grid in Mohali.
To compete well with the new entrant Jio, the leading telecom operator Airtel is forming a new independent fibre company, which will be headed byAbhaySavargaonkar.
As the broadband market is getting more competitive, Tata Sky, the leading DTH service provider,launched its broadband Internet service – Tata Sky Broadband on 19 August. Initially, the DTH operator is covering 12 cities - Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Mumbai, Thane, Delhi, Pune, Bhopal, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, and Mira Bhayandar.
According to Mobile phone leader Nokia, cable service providers and internet service providers (ISPs) will help drive the broadband growth in India. The Finnish telecom gear maker added that India will outpace the rest of the world in broadband growth.
On Independence Day (15 August), the MukeshAmbani owned telco Reliance Jio launched its FTTH broadband service JioGigaFiber, an optical fibre based fixed-line broadband service through which RJioclaimed to offer download speed of one gigabit per second.
On 13 August, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a slew of "smart city" projects, which included some areas of the national capital Delhi getting free Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband.
To invite customers to join a daily lucky draw and entitles winners to one year of free broadband service, the internet service provider (ISP) Connect Broadband,on 10 August, launched its brand campaign ‘Dil da Connection’.
The telecom operators have been asked by the Department of telecommunications (DoT) to givethe road map for building public WIFi system. DoT hopes to launch around 5 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots across the country by the end of 2018, with at least one in every village in India.
As Jio is planning to launch JioGigaFiber FTTH service from 15 August, the leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel is planning to increase its investment in the wired broadband business.
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