You Broadband India, the Vodafone India-owned broadband service provider, is going to invest Rs 600 crore in the next two fiscal years. Earlier, it invested just Rs. 54 crore in one FY. The fund will come through a vendor financing arrangement with credit period of a year. Thus, the additional debt may have to be contracted from fiscal 2019 to fund the gap between cash accrual and maturing vendor obligation.
The Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that 1.04 lakh panchayats are ready for broadband connectivity as on March 11 under Bharat Net project.
According to the Speedtest Global Index, Chennai has emerged as the fastest city having fixed broadband speed among the 20 large Indian cities with a mean download and upload speed of 32.67 Mbps and 26.15 Mbps respectively.
To manufacture optical fibre, the Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited (HFCL) would set up Rs 260-crore plant at Fab City in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana.
‘Seamless Alliance’ is an open innovation for mobile operators and airlines by empowering mobile operators to extend their services into airline cabins. The leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel has joined the alliance.
The leading telco Vodafone will soon offer the converged broadband solutions in India. Its wholly-owned unit, YOU Broadband has over 3,000 km of optic fibre cable and 17,000 km of last-mile coaxial cables to homes across 18 key data consuming markets. The Telco is planning to leverage this with its telecom services.
The leading broadband company of the Hinduja Group, ONE Broadband has partnered with Nokia to deploy latter’s GPON technology to offer high speed broadband. It will leverage Nokia’s GPON technology along with its Broadband Network Gateway (BNG), Carrier Grade NAT (CGNAT) and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), to provide 2 Gbps broadband connections to its customers.
The much anticipated initiative of Reliance Jio, JioFiber is expected to be launched by March end, as per media sources. The telco may bundle its TV service with FTTH broadband to tap over 100 million TV households. Analysts say that Jio may cover 50 million households in the first phase of roll out.
As per media reports, the leading high-speed Internet over fibre optic cables and high-definition television player Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT) may soon issue an IPO to raise Rs. 1500-2000 Crore. It has also hired investment banks for the job.
According to sources collected from DEN Networks: In a major victory for DEN Networks – TDSAT (Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal) directed ZEE Entertainment Limited (ZEEL) to provide channels to DEN Networks on RIO basis dismissing ZEEL’s claim that SMS and CAS of DEN were not compliant with the regulations.
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has appointed leading broadband player ACT Fibernet as its internet partner. ACT Fibernet will provide seamless internet broadband connectivity for the followers of the CSK team during the IPL matches. It includes providing wi-fi coverage to the entire Chennai stadium.
To retain customers and win new ones, telecom operators, broadcasters, MSOs, DTH operators are adopting the new technologies and offering OTT content. ACT Fibernet, country’s largest fibre broadband internet service provider, too is now offering free-to-air (FTA) channels on its mobile app to all its customers across 12 cities.
GPON FTTX technology is being used by the Cable TV and broadband service provider GTPL Hathway to offer high-speed broadband service in Ahmedabad. The same will be subsequently launched in other major cities of Gujarat. The GPON FTTH rollout has already started in approximately 100,000 home passes in Ahmedabad City.
To strengthen the Digital India mission and to connect more and more people through broadband, Search giant Google and Larsen & Toubro have partnered. The deal will enable them to bring 150 Google Station hotspots to Pune, which will be part of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited’s Smart City project.
The telecom regulator TRAI’s recent recommendations allowing in-flight connectivity have been received positively by the industry as well as flyers. Commenting on the recommendations, the Broadband India Forum (BIF) said that connectivity during air travel will benefit air travellers and will boost revenue of service providers.
In its ambition to make all railway stations internet-enabled, the government will provide Wi-Fi to 54 railway stations under SCR. The government aims to make 600 railway stations Wi-Fi enabled before March 2018.
The newer technologies like OTT, VoLTE and Machine Learning are creating great buzz in not only the industry but also amongst the users. IoT, LTE, LTE-A, LTE-A Pro and 5G are are the future of the world. According to Deloitte India’s TMT report, over 60% of all broadband subscribers will use Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology by 2023.
Hyderabad’s leading internet service provider (ISP) ACT Fibernet has reached deals with over the top (OTT) content providers like Hooq TV, YuppTV, and Fastflimz to launch ‘ACT Entertainment’ broadband plan in Hyderabad.
The customers of Vizag, Vijayawada, Eluru and Guntur in Andhra Pradesh will now be able to consume extra fast net offered by the leading broadband service provider ACT Fibernet at no extra cost.
According to Counterpoint Technology Market Research, India’s wireline broadband will have a great future as it offers faster net speed. People are ready to pay more for faster speed. The reports also tells that subscriber base may increase to 26.2 million by 2021 from 18.2 million in 2018, at an annual growth of about 7.6%, with most of the additions likely to be back-ended as infrastructure expands. “Segment may see 44% growth in subscribers in 4 years.”
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