Riding on its headend in the sky (HITS) service NXT Digital, IndusInd Media & Communications Limited (IMCL) added over 1.5 million new active digital homes in last 10 months. Its digital cable service is provided under the InDigital brand.
The state owned telecom major BSNL and Fiber Home have partnered to manufacture telecom gear and optical fiber cable. Both parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to meet this purpose.
According to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) telecom subscription data (released on 9 Nov), the total wired broadband subscriber base has gone down 0.15% to 18.11 million in August. In July, it was 18.14 million.
To further offer better customer services, the telecom major Bharti Airtel will now allow them to carry forward their unused monthly data. Airtel has launched the ‘Data Rollover’ facility which will ensure that Airtel home broadband customers never waste any data that they pay for and continue enjoying a great online experience.
After creating a landmark success with its free 4G mobile service in September 2016, Reliance Jio is expected to launch its TV and fiber broadband early next year. Starting with 30 cities initially, RJio will try to tap over 100 million TV households across these cities, including Tier II and III.
The broadband solutions will be one of the key focus areas at the 26th edition of Scat a technology trade event for the cable TV industry, to be held during 12-14 October in Mumbai. According to organizer’s claim, 350 brands will exhibit their products including international exhibitors from 18 countries.
India’s third largest internet service providers, ACT Fibernethas almost doubled the data limits across broadband plans in Delhi at no extra cost. ACT Fibernet has with 1.23 million customers, and been offering doubled data limits for all the broadband plans in Delhi starting from September.
On 1 August, ACT Fibernet launched 150 Mbps broadband service in Delhi. The company will also revise its existing fixed-term broadband plans that will allow customers to enjoy higher speeds at no additional cost.
Atria Convergence Technologies is going to invest close to Rs 700-Cr in FY2017-18, and will be expanding its broadband business in the southern region and outside. With presence in 11 Indian cities, Atria will add 3-4 more cities. Having stepped into the Delhi market, the private equity-backed company is planning to invest Rs 100 crore in the city.
The state-owned telecom operator BSNL has come with an attractive pack of Rs 444 which gives a user 360GB data with 90 day validity. BSNL launched this pack to retain its customers and keep them away from cheaper plans offered by Relinace Jio.
After adding millions of mobile phone customers with its initial high speed free data, Reliance Jio is once again going to play the disruptive game in home broadband sector with its JioFiber which may offer customers 100 GB of data for Rs 500. Currently, operators in this segment offer about half that data at double the price. As per media reports, the service will be launched this Diwali.
R.S. Sharma, Chairman, TRAI, said that country’s fixed-line broadband infrastructure is a matter of worry and needs much improvement. He also added that telcos should improve download speed.
Facebook, in its initiative to connect millions through internet in India, has now partnered with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The partnership will boost FB’s Express WiFi service in the country. The deal is for the backhaul bandwidth connectivity at preferential rates for its Internet service provider (ISP) partners.
The country’s telecom regulator TRAI and the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) should work closely with the Department of Space (DoS) for commercial satellite communications to enable high speed broadband connectivity in rural regions of the country, this was suggested by the Broadband India Forum (BIF), a technology neutral lobby of several tech companies serving satellite and telecom sector that promotes broadband.
The Karnataka government instructed the Mysuru City Corporation to disconnect the cell phones of 65 corporators and officials who misused and overused the phones allotted to them. The Corporation followed the instruction, but the step has not only caused trouble to the general public but also to the officials of Mysuru City Corporation. Mysuru City Corporation commissioner Jagadeesh on April 27 had written a letter to the BSNL officials to discontinue its services and most of the phones were disconnected on 30th April.
To increase revenue and retain customers, MTNL is aiming to convert nearly half of its fixed line users into broadband subscribers over the next 18 months. At present, nearly 34% of its fixed line customers are also its broadband subscribers.
Leaving previous year winner Maharashtra behind, Delhi has emerged as the top-ranked State in terms of overall internet readiness. Delhi won the title due to its massive e-infrastructure and e-participation, according to a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and marketing research firm Nielsen.
The government has approved FDI proposals of Vodafone and Atria Convergence Technologies as well as other proposals worth Rs 659 crore. Now, the path is clear for Vodafone India’s acquisition of 100% shares of internet service provider (ISP) You Broadband India by way of transfer from resident and non-resident shareholders. This FDI proposal is worth Rs 55.09 crore. Atria, whose FDI proposal was worth Rs 35 crore, had sought approval for transfer of 0.99% of shares currently held by resident shareholders to the existing foreign investors Argan (Mauritius), Mauritius and TA FVCI Investors Ltd, Mauritius.
To bring 5 billion people in the fold of mobile broadband, the UN Broadband Commission has called for a “New Deal” which will involve fresh industry collaboration and public-private partnerships (PPP). At the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development's 2017 Spring Meeting in Hong Kong on March 16, participants debated the need for a new deal between all broadband stakeholders to work towards full global connectivity and digital transformation.
On 31st January, the regulator TRAI approved Jio’s free voice calling and data plan and said that it was not a violation of the regulatory guidelines. On 16th March, the telecom disputes settlement appellate and Tribunal (TDSAT) has asked the regulator to re-examine its nod to Jio’s free promotional offers, and also inform it about the outcome and findings of the examination within two weeks.
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