It takes 1.5 hours for Ram Prakash to commute to his office daily. He would have got bored to death sitting in Metro train doing nothing but staring at other faces. Thank God, it’s smartphone which saved him and millions of jobbers across the world as they are suing that time to refresh themselves with the videos of their choice. This is an age of video-on-demand (VoD) and over- the- top (OTT), being supplied in plenty by leading platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar and Zee5, all at the cost of television.
Today, the Indian pay-TV market is in a transitional phase, with many operators and broadcasters migrating toward IP-based delivery. Moreover, mobile video consumption is escalating. According to the latest research from Frost & Sullivan, the OTT video market in India will experience significant growth between now and 2022, with up to $3 billion in untapped revenue potential. A key challenge facing content providers and pay-TV operators in the region is how to cost-effectively deliver a high quality of experience (QoE) on every screen.
BharatNet & Digital India bite dust as only 2.5% panchayats get net connection
On 7 July 2017, the telecom regulator TRAI issued a press release seeking proposals from interested entities to be a part of a pilot to establish nationwide, ‘pay-as-you-go PDOs’ (Public Data Offices); these ’pay-as-you-go’ PDOs will offer sachet-sized data packs, providing broadband connectivity to price-sensitive consumers at a fraction of the rates ranging from Rs 2 to Rs 20. The service will be akin to the PCOs which were in use until the emergence of cell-phones and cheap call rates. Cable Operators are also very familiar with providing broadband on CAT-5 Cables to their consumers. Only this time it is WiFi.
Digital transformation will continue to drive IP traffic in India with the projected increase in internet users from 373 million in 2016 to 829 million or 59% of the Indian population in 2021, according to Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Complete Forecast. In addition, there will be 2.0 billion networked devices in 2021, up from 1.4 billion in 2016 and the overall IP traffic is expected to grow 4-fold from 2016 to 2021, a compound annual growth rate of 30% and reach 6.5 Exabytes of data per month in 2021, up from 1.7 Exabytes per month in 2016.
The telecom industry in India has grown tremendously, both in terms of penetration as well as connectivity. Today, India is one of the fastest growing information and communication technologies markets in the world, fuelled largely by the cellular mobile revolution. Starting from a few million connections in 1997, we now have more than a billion connections, with 97.5% of them being wireless subscribers. With this, the overall teledensity in India at the end of 2015 stood at 81.83%.
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries soft launched its much awaited 4G service on 27 December heralding a new era of converged services in India. Reliance had entered the telecom space 13 years ago with its CDMA mobile service. The nationwide soft-launch of its 4G mobile services have been launched for its employees via its subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) held an Open House Discussion (OHD) on implementing BharatNet for making high speed broadband reach 250000 gram panchayats in the country at the Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt on 18 December 2015.
TRAI issues Draft Model & Standard Interconnection Agreement for DAS areas
International players are flocking to India to exploit the vast population of one billion to spread their business and make money. With our Prime Minister Mr Modi going country to country inviting investors to come to India to do business, international players are full of hopes that the government is serious in creating a congenial business environment without any red-tapism and is making all efforts to make doing business in India easy.
Universalizing Internet service is a foundational part of the Digital India initiative. Fewer than 20 percent Indians currently have access to the Internet, most of them on a very constrained and expensive mobile telephony mode. Government of India has initiated the ambitious National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project aimed at reaching fibre to every panchayat in India. However, there seems to be a conspicuous policy blind-spot regarding how connectivity will be carried from this NOFN backhaul to people's homes, local businesses, and local institutions like schools, hospitals and community centres. The current policy belief is that there is such immense demand for Internet connectivity that private players, whether state/ national level companies or local entrepreneurs, will quickly grasp the NOFN opportunity to build viable retail models. Facts on the ground however belie such hopes.
It’s been more than a year since Department of Telecommunications issued a notification to update the definition of broadband - from 256 kbps to 512 kbps. However, this change in the definition has not witnessed a noticeable drop in the number of wireline broadband subscribers in India as reported by various ISPs. This indicates that the majority of wireline broadband subscribers were already enjoying a higher bandwidth - 512 kbps or more from their service providers. There are 79.21 million broadband subscribers in India (wired, mobile and fixed wireless devices) with nearly 15.15 million wireline broadband subscribers, out of which 85% are on ADSL telco loops.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet. An intro to the future of networking...
MTA Media is a company that has been launched by Anoop Varma a media distribution industry veteran with more than 17 years of experience in the industry, starting since the inception of the industry in 1994 with the likes of Star TV, Aaj Tak, Star News, Viaccess, NDS and Envivio as their business head. He felt a vacuum in the way content was being streamed to the Indians staying outside India and looking at the on going market trend, he decided to develop and launch his own app called MyTVApp to stream content and live Indian channels at an affordable cost and in good quality
Service providers in Telecom Industry have long struggled to control operational costs and increase the speed of service delivery. Incremental networking technology cost reduction and marginal service delivery improvements have not led to dramatic cost savings or improved time to service launch. In fact, the exponential growth of function-specific networking devices in the past decade made matters worse.
TRAI has issued a consultation Paper on Broadband on 24 September to find out ways and means to deliver broadband quickly. It has also plans to change the policies to facilitate cable operators in providing broadband on their networks.
Knowing the importance of Broadband service in the growth of GDP and enhancement in quality of life through societal applications likes tele-education, tele-medicine, e-governance, entertainment as well as employment generation by way of high speed access to information and web-based communication, Government had brought a policy to accelerate the growth of Broadband services in the year 2004. With this policy it was suggested to the government to use the country’s cable TV infrastructure as a “franchisee network” of internet service providers for providing broadband services.
Tikona Digital Network (TDN), the company founded by Prakash Bajpai in mid 2008 to provide secured wireless broadband services, has received the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) nod to raise Rs. 248 crore (Rs 2.48 billion) through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
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