The leading internet service provider (ISP) ACT Fibernet has expanded its footprint in Telangana by launching its high-speed fibre broadband service in Warangal. There are two new broadband plans in the market specifically curated to meet the demands and requirements of the customers. ACT Swift, offers 400 GB FUP limit with 50 Mbps speed and ACT Rapid offers 800 GB FUP limit with 100 Mbps speed.
The department of information technology (DoIT) of Goa will undertake an audit of the state-wide area network (SWAN), popularly known as Goa Broadband Network. The Minister for information technology Rohan Khaunte has ordered Software and Technology Parks of India (STPI), the third-party auditor for (GBBN) to conduct a detailed audit of the existing GBBN infrastructure.
Taking a step closer to make Delhi a free Wi-Fi city, the AAP government on 27 September finalised the wireless internet hotspot model to provide free Wi-Fi in all residential areas and public places in the capital. Since it will be a free service, a large number of users are expected with the data traffic also likely to be huge.
According to the telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan, the Department of Telecom (DoT) will float tenders by December for launching wi-fi service to gram panchayats as part of the BharatNet project. BharatNet project is the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) which was launched in October 2011 to provide broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats.
The leading telco Airtel will lay 6,650KMs of fresh optic fiber across Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Uttarakhand to expand high speed data and provide voice services in rural areas. At present, it has over 49.6 million customers across UP and Uttarakhand, and its service covers 983 towns and 1,24,515 villages across the two states.
The mega launch of JioGigaFiber (FTTH) broadband on 15 August by Reliance Jio is progressing on a positive note in many cities, but the sources said that the company is facing stiff resistance from local cable operators (LCOs). Since the last mile connectivity is crucial for success, LCOs cooperation is vital for Jio.
The leading telecom operator Airtel has got a notice from the department of telecommunications (DoT) asking it to pay ₹ 1,626.89 crore to clear its merger with Bharti Digital Networks (formerly known as Tikona Digital Networks). Left with no choice, the telco has approached the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) seeking a stay on the DoT demand.
Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance& Corporate Affairs Piyush Goyal said on 28 August that around 6,000 railway stations will be WiFi-enabled in the next six-eight months. He was speaking at the 'Smart Railways Conclave' organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
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