Speaking at the ET Telecom India Mobile Conclave 2018, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R S Sharma said that at rapid fiberisation is necessary for broadband penetration in the country. The Chairman added that India ranks way below in international indices on ICT development and connectivity.
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 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.
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.
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.
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