On 30 August 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proclaimed that the country is expected to surpass the UK to become the world’s fifth largest economy by 2019. He relied on growing consumption and strong economic activity. The FM, who has recently resumed his work after a long hospitalization due to his kidney transplantation, added that India would be among the top three global economies in the next 10-20 years.
The ‘Big Bang’ in Indian digital payments space has already happened. Its umpteen and wide doors have already opened by demonetisation of November 2016. According to Credit Suisse Group AG report, the Indian digital payments market will touch $1 trillion by 2023 from about $200 billion currently, though cash is still the king with 70% of all Indian transactions by value. The government has welcomed foreign firms in order to expand financial services across India.
If the NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee is known for revolutionising telecom industry, the Modi government would be known for broadband highways. This is what Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad feels. Prasad also claimed that the objectives under the present government’s Digital India project have been achieved substantially in just 4 years in power. “The Common Service Centres (CSCs) will remove the rural and urban divide and digitalisation at various levels has helped plug the loopholes in governance resulting in savings of over ` 90,000 crore,” the Minister said.
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister of India, passed away on 16 August 2018 at the age of 93. The 'father of modern telecom in India', Vajpayee’s leaving for heavenly abode on the day just after the independence day tells a lot about the legend, the freedom fighter, the people’s leader and a poet for the poets.
Torrential rains and heavy floods in Kerala have caused unprecedented havoc in the State. Not only Kerala, other adjoining areas of Tamilnadu and Karnataka have also suffered heavy losses of life and material. The whole country is trying to help the people of Kerala with financial as well as material aid. Hundreds of villages have been inundated and lakhs of people have been displaced. Our cable operator fraternity has faced the calamity bravely and trying to help the society in spite of having suffered tremendously in their business. Their networks have been completely destroyed still cable operators associations, MSOs, broadcasters and media houses are trying their best to provide whatever help they can. It speaks very high of the broadcast community who themselves have suffered heavily losses.
Over the last two decades, telecommunication and broadcasting services have become ubiquitous and now reach out to the most remote and underserved areas empowering millions of people. However, persons with disabilities (PwDs) are often not able to access the ICT services on account of lack of necessary accessibility features or unaffordable prices of the equipment or due to unavailability of required services to make them compatible for use by such persons.
With the notification of the TRAI Tariff Order, Interconnection regulations, and Quality of Service (QoS) norms for the TV broadcasting sector on 3rd July 2018, the industry started gearing up to adjust their tariff in sync with the regulations, but the main appellant in the long-drawn case, Star India filed a fresh Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court on 4 July 2018, and on 19 July 2018, the apex court accepted broadcaster’s petition, challenging the Madras High Court’s ruling that the TRAI has the power to formulate tariff and regulations for the TV broadcasting sector.
Hinduja Media Group’s multi prod uct Strategy for LCO Entrepreneurship to move on and expand customers in all nook and corners of India IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd, the Pioneer Multi system Operator was established in 1995. Today it’s amongst India’s Top 5 largest multi-system operators.
Who could forget September 2016? It was the month of ‘Great Disruption’ in telecom sector when Mukesh Ambani’s newly launched telecom service platform Reliance Jio caused a revolutionary shift and threw many out of business with its free and high speed internet as well as free local, STD calls and SMS, and also for the first time in the country brought a new technology, VoLTE. Those who underestimated a new player were found sunken in deep astonishment a few months later when Reliance Jio looted other telecom operators’ customer base that counted in millions.
Today’s home viewers are spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment options. With Professional AudioVisual (Pro-AV) and Integrated Experience technologie s, you can up your production value and in turn build audience loyalty. Use virtual reality (VR) to broadcast live matches and place viewers right in the heart of the thrilling action. And as data-heavy VR and ultra-high-definition content become a requisite, studios will need to adopt an IP infrastructure. The benefits of IP studios are many. Data-heavy content can be transmitted via a single connection; production teams can work remotely.
Satellit e Earth Station antennas, often referred to as satellite “dishes,”are used for receiving satellite signals from television programming networks at cable head ends and other facilities. Their size may vary from 1 to as large as 30meters in diameter, depending on the frequency, satellite position, and service requirements.
ConnecTechAsia2018 – Asia’s mega technology event premiered with much acclaim from attendees. Held from 26 – 28 June 2018, ConnecTechAsia encompassed 3 focused shows – BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and NXTAsia, and represented the convergence of technologies and industries. Across 2 venues and a total of 67,000sqm, t he event welcomed close to 40,000 attendees from around the world.
DTH in India is slowly losing its sheen to the online services. This was evident from the TRAI’s quarterly performance report for the first quarter ending 30 June 2018. The total active DTH pay-TV subscribers dropped slightly to 67.53 million from 67.56 million. The loss has been experienced year after year after the completion of mandatory digitization in March 2017.
No one can underestimate the immense good, bad, grey and black powers of technologies; while technologies are good for mankind and make their lives easier, it can also make their lives hell. This is what happened to the telecom regulator TRAI’s Chairman RS Sharma on 27 July 2018, when he, like an over confident child tried to vault over his horse by posting his Aadhaar number online in a bid to launch an open challenge to hackers to steal his data by using his Aadhaar number.
The Tariff Order for addressable systems notified by TRAI on 3rd July after favourable judgement by the Madras High Court has once again been challenged by Star India, this time in the Supreme Court. Although its implementation has not been stayed by the Court, uncertainty in the Industry continues.