To compete well with the new entrant Jio, the leading telecom operator Airtel is forming a new independent fibre company, which will be headed byAbhaySavargaonkar.
As the broadband market is getting more competitive, Tata Sky, the leading DTH service provider,launched its broadband Internet service – Tata Sky Broadband on 19 August. Initially, the DTH operator is covering 12 cities - Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Mumbai, Thane, Delhi, Pune, Bhopal, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, and Mira Bhayandar.
According to Mobile phone leader Nokia, cable service providers and internet service providers (ISPs) will help drive the broadband growth in India. The Finnish telecom gear maker added that India will outpace the rest of the world in broadband growth.
On Independence Day (15 August), the MukeshAmbani owned telco Reliance Jio launched its FTTH broadband service JioGigaFiber, an optical fibre based fixed-line broadband service through which RJioclaimed to offer download speed of one gigabit per second.
On 13 August, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a slew of "smart city" projects, which included some areas of the national capital Delhi getting free Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband.
To invite customers to join a daily lucky draw and entitles winners to one year of free broadband service, the internet service provider (ISP) Connect Broadband,on 10 August, launched its brand campaign ‘Dil da Connection’.
The telecom operators have been asked by the Department of telecommunications (DoT) to givethe road map for building public WIFi system. DoT hopes to launch around 5 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots across the country by the end of 2018, with at least one in every village in India.
As Jio is planning to launch JioGigaFiber FTTH service from 15 August, the leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel is planning to increase its investment in the wired broadband business.
The customers of the internet service provider ACT Fibernet can now pay their bills by using Amazon Pay. This will offer a seamless bill payment channel to them. ACT Fibernet is integrating Amazon Pay on its company website, portal, and app, offering users with an additional channel to make online payments.
The Broadband India Forum (BIF) has blamed the telecom regulator TRAI for failing to recommend ways to make India a hub of telecom R&D. The BIF members include Facebook, Google, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Hughes, Intel and Huawei, among others.
Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd (HCDL) is planning to de-leverage by Rs. 500 crore. While Rs 350 crore will be raised from promoter through a mix of equity and unsecured debt, Rs 150 crore will come via income from operations.
The Broadband India Forum (BIF), on 19 July, said that airwaves in 700 Mhz, 850 Mhz bands are needed for better coverage of fifth-generation (5G) technology and higher frequencies for high data communication.
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), on 14 July, wrote to the Centre that with Public Data Office Aggregators (PDOAs) having no obligation to offer interception and monitoring facilities, it could threaten data privacy and national security.
As the battle for broadband gets hotter with Jio’s latest series of announcements, the state owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will partner with the local cable operators (LCOs) to expand its Fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband service in Jharkhand.
According to an India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) report, JioGigaFiber, a fibre-based broadband service for homes and businesses, which was announced recently by Mukesh Ambani has the potential to disrupt the retail broadband segment and open up new digital avenues for the enterprise broadband segment.
Tata Projects, an arm of the Tata Group of Companies, has won a ₹3,057 crore optical fibre cable network project in Chhattisgarh from BharatNet. The project will benefit about 2.6 crore people of the state, and involves the laying of optical fibre network that follows ring architecture with Internet Protocol-Multi Protocol Label Switching (IP-MPLS) technology.
Sify Technologies Limited has partnered with Ciena to upgrade network capacity from 100G to 400G. Sify will use Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions to handle increasing data volumes and provide support for IoT, cloud based services and Big Data analytics.
Taking the Digital India mission a step forward, Maharashtra’s district Sindhudurg will have 184 more mobile towers and broadband in all panchayats. At present, 188 2G and 68 3G mobile towers are working in various talukas of the district.
To carry out the project of fee public WiFi across Delhi, the Delhi government has constituted an 11-member Specification Committee. The Committee constitutes representatives from Delhi Police, PWD, power, home and the IT departments.
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