With the partnership between country’s leading fibre broadband provider ACT Fibernet and global OTT major Netflix, ACT’s existing and new customers who select from the newly launched 6-month and 12-month ‘Entertainment’ plan variants will be able to seamlessly pay for their monthly Netflix subscription through their ACT Fibernet bill.
While speaking at an event 'De-licensing of 5 GHz for public Wi-fi' organised by Broadband India Forum (BIF) on 14 Feb, the Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said the government is through a proposal to enable interoperability for public Wi-Fi network. She said it will help in providing a seamless connectivity experience for users.
On 2 January, the telecom regulator TRAI released its Telecom Subscription Report till 31 October 2018. As per the reports received from 306 operators, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 481.70 million at the end of Sep-18 to 496.12 million at the end of Oct-18 with a monthly growth rate of 2.99%.
According to the chief technology officer of broadband technology firm Hughes India, K Krishna, high satellite bandwidth charges are likely to play a spoiler in the uptake of in-flight mobile services in India as these would make the facility costlier by 30-50 times at Rs 700-1,000 for a two-hour journey.
The government will soon launch broadband services readiness index of states based on parameters like infrastructure, approval processes and utilisation of high speed Internet. As per telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan, the Ministry of Electronics and IT has also shown interest in states readiness index and want to expand it further.
Soon people across the world may have free WiFi as the Chinese major LinkSure Network is planning to invest $432 million in its first satellite in the constellation plan which will consist of 272 satellites. The dream of global free wifi may become true by 2026 if everything goes as planned, the company said.
As per a global survey by OpenSignal, mobile data is faster than WiFi hotspots in 33 countries. The survey covered Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East. As per survey, there is typically an advantage of 10Mbps or more in places such as Australia, Oman, and the Czech Republic, while multi-megabit advantages are seen in places like Austria, Iran, and South Africa.