On 2 January, the telecom regulator TRAI released its Telecom Subscription Report till 31 October 2018. As per the reports received from 306 operators, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 481.70 million at the end of Sep-18 to 496.12 million at the end of Oct-18 with a monthly growth rate of 2.99%.
According to the chief technology officer of broadband technology firm Hughes India, K Krishna, high satellite bandwidth charges are likely to play a spoiler in the uptake of in-flight mobile services in India as these would make the facility costlier by 30-50 times at Rs 700-1,000 for a two-hour journey.
The government will soon launch broadband services readiness index of states based on parameters like infrastructure, approval processes and utilisation of high speed Internet. As per telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan, the Ministry of Electronics and IT has also shown interest in states readiness index and want to expand it further.
The telecom minister Manoj Sinha, on 12 Dec, told the Lok Sabha that 3 industry bodies are planning to rollout of 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots by Sept 2019. These services are proposed to be provided through a common platform to be owned and operated by them.
The Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said on 9 December that high-speed broadband will reach each and every village of the country by 2019. He added the government targets to link 2.5 lakh village panchayats with the broadband under the BharatNet project.
To inspire a healthycompetition among states, the telecom department (DoT) is planning to launch a comprehensive mechanism to rank states on their broadband network deployment readiness.
Soon people across the world may have free WiFi as the Chinese major LinkSure Network is planning to invest $432 million in its first satellite in the constellation plan which will consist of 272 satellites. The dream of global free wifi may become true by 2026 if everything goes as planned, the company said.
As per the reports received by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) from 308 operators, the broadband subscribers; base has increased 3.89% to 481.70 million at the end of September from 463.66 million at the end of August.
As per a global survey by OpenSignal, mobile data is faster than WiFi hotspots in 33 countries. The survey covered Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East. As per survey, there is typically an advantage of 10Mbps or more in places such as Australia, Oman, and the Czech Republic, while multi-megabit advantages are seen in places like Austria, Iran, and South Africa.
As per new report released by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), India's broadband subscriber base stands at 463.6 million at the end of August 2018, up 0.74 per over the previous month. The number of broadband subscribers stood at 460.24 million in July this year.
Though BharatNet is PM Modi’s pet mission to connect all Indians through internet, the BJP ruled state Uttar Pradesh has particularly been less interested to use the BharatNet optic fibre broadband network for electronic delivery of public services.
On 19 November, the leading broadband provider Fastway Transmissions-owned Netplus Broadband started its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband services in Una and Nangal towns of Himachal Pradesh.
According to AshwaniLohani, chairman of the Railway Board, 5,000 railway stations in the country will be Wi-Fi enabled in the next couple of months.
To boost broadband connectivity in the country, the government will launch one million Wi-Fi hotspots in the country by December 2019, according to Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha. The roll-out will be via Bharat Wi-Fi, a country-wide common inter-operable platform.
The leading cable TV and broadband service provider company GTPL has partnered with Nokia to upgrade its networks. Nokia’s fixed access and core technology will be installed on GTPL network.
To keep its subscribers engaged and to win new ones, the Punjab-based internet service provider (ISP) Connect Broadband has partnered with Kompanions to bring AR and VR products for all Connect and non-Connect customers.
According to the new report by the telecom regulator TRAI, the total wired broadband subscribers base has gone up 0.38% to 18.02 million in August from 17.95 million in July. As per report, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.16 million), Bharti Airtel (2.24 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.36 million), MTNL (0.81 million) and Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.76 million).
The lucrative WiFi contract worth Rs 334 crore for RajNet project has been won by the state-run ITI. The Letter of Intent (LoI) has been issued by RajCOMP Info Services Ltd., a Govt of Rajasthan Undertaking.
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