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Atul Saraf’s ABS Group to offer VoD service to BSNL broadband subs

MUMBAI: Atul Saraf-promoted ABS Group has tied up with BSNL for its upcoming online video-on-demand (VoD) service called ABS Play ( Scheduled to go live in four weeks’ time, ABS Play will offer Hollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood, regional, sports, devotional, comedy, horror, action, music, as well as short and full-length videos. The service will only be available for 10 million BSNL broadband subscribers. The company is eyeing tie-ups with other broadband players as well. “This will be a portal wherein 10 million BSNL subscribers will get value-added services. We will offer movies, songs, videos, regional and international content, as well as web TV. Other broadband players can avail the same facility,” ABS Group CMD Atul Saraf said. The company has entered into a revenue-share deal with BSNL. It has also procured content on revenue-share basis from content owners. There will be various packages for BSNL customers who will have to enter their telephone number to activate the service, Saraf said. Billing will happen through BSNL. Read more at: [url=] |[/url]

IT Minister to launch C-DOT’s four broadband products on 6 July

MUMBAI: Minister of Communications & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad will launch four products developed by the Department of Telecommunications R&D institute C-DOT on 6 July as part of the Digital India Week, which is being observed from 1 to 7 July. The minister will launch Long-Distance Wi-Fi System, Solar Powered Wi-Fi System, 100Gbps OFC Link, and C-DOT Next Generation Network on MTNL Network. These products are essential equipment for broadband connectivity and enable delivery of services. Long-distance Wi-Fi C-DOT’s long-distance Wi-Fi solution is a wireless platform that is capable of extending Wi-Fi and IP connectivity to the remote and inhospitable terrains of India in a cost-effective and power-efficient manner. The product is capable of providing 100Mbps broadband speed to users in distant locations. Solar-powered Wi-Fi Solar Wi-Fi operates in licence exempt bands of 2.4 & 5.8GHz. The solution is specifically designed for outdoor environments where there is no guarantee of continuous power. The system is designed to work in variable input voltages and in harsh conditions. It can also be used for backhaul link for Wi-Fi hot spots, cellular base stations and base station controllers, ATMs, database servers, etc. Besides, the solution is well suited to extend last-mile wireless connectivity beyond Panchayats, which are being connected to C-DOT’s Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology forming the backbone of Bharatnet -The National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), 100 Gbps OFC Link C-DOT’s Suteevra is capable of serving multiple applications and protocols ranging from data, storage, TDM, ATM and video networks. Suteevra is a versatile mini 100G Optical Transport Network (OTN) platform based on the latest standards offering the ease of being deployed in both Greenfield networks and existing OTN environments. C-DOT NGN C-DOT’s cost-effective Next Generation Network (NGN) solution addresses the need of the changing telecom scenario and enables telcos to make a smooth transition from legacy time division multiplexing (TDM) technology to advance VoIP telecom technology. The technology has various components of hardware and software. A successful trial of the developed live network has been done for 1,000 landline connections of legacy PSTN technologies to C-DOT’s IMS-compliant NGN technology. With this successful trial, MTNL can think of launching various services (voice, video and data) through various access based on IP. Moreover, it is now possible for MTNL’s existing 3.5 million landline subscribers to IP-based network. Read more at: [url=] |[/url]

India Inc pledges Rs 4.5 lakh crore for PM Modi’s ‘Digital India’ ambition

[align=justify] On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick-started the Indian Digital Week at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi to take the power of digital to the next level, empower and enrich people’s lives. India’s top businessmen including Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Azim Premji, Sunil Mittal, KM Birla, Anil Agarwal and Cyrus Mistry were present and they promised their contribution to a Digital India. The project will enable an investment of Rs 4.5 lakh crore and ensure jobs for 18 lakh people.[/align] [align=justify]Under the Digital India campaign, Modi announced products like Digital Locker, National Scholarship Portal, e-Hospital/ORS, e-Sign and Digitize India Platform (DIP). [/align] [align=justify] The PM spoke about a Digital India where government is open and governance is transparent, where IT can be used to tackle corruption, where the world will look to India for the next big innovation, where knowledge is strength and unites people, where civilisations will be build, where optical fibres pass and a need to move from e-governance to m-governance.[/align] [align=justify]The Prime Minister said that earlier, India was criticised for launching satellites, but now it was recognized that these satellites help the common man, for instance, they help farmers through accurate weather forecasting. Similarly, the Digital India initiative was aimed at improving the lives of the common man. He said that India may have missed the Industrial Revolution, but will not miss the IT revolution.[/align] [align=justify]The Prime Minister assured full support to young entrepreneurs who wished to launch start-ups. He called upon the youth to innovate and said "Design in India" is as important as "Make in India." The government aims to bring in 2.5 lakh villages under broadband connectivity through the ambitious programme. As part of the programme, the Army will launch a new office automation software for offices dealing with over 12 lakh serving soldiers. For e-commerce giants, he offered India’s first e-commerce zone in Dharamshala in July 2015.[/align] [align=justify]Digital India will aim to eradicate illiteracy, by simplifying the process through online medium and it will ensure that internet reaches all; even the poorest of the poor should be able to get it.[/align] [align=justify]Some of the other points touched upon by Modi were his concerns on cyber security and also providing farmers with real time information which will help them, through the Digital India project.[/align] [align=justify]Investments:[/align] [align=justify]Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries will invest over Rs 250,000 crore across Digital India pillars and create employment for over 5 lakh people.[/align] [align=justify]Anil Ambani of Reliance Group commits to invest about Rs 10,000 crore over the next few years to expand its presence across digital, cloud computing and telecom space.[/align] [align=justify]Anil Agarwal of Vedanta Limited revealed that Sterlite Tech will invest Rs 400 billion for manufacturing LCD panels in India.[/align] [align=justify]KM Birla from Aditya Birla Group revealed that they wish to invest $7 billion in next 5 years in network rollout and infra and digital space[/align] Bharti Group chairman Sunil Mittal promises to make meaningful contribution to the Digital India initiative by spending in excess of $16 billion over next five years on digital infrastructure.

Microsoft to Focus on Cloud Solutions, Rural Internet for Digital India

Supporting the Digital India initiative, world's largest software maker Microsoft on Wednesday said it will help the government in efforts to "transform" the country through technological innovations. In a video message on the occasion of launch of [url=]Digital India[/url] week, [url=]Microsoft [/url]CEO [url=]Satya Nadella[/url] said technology can support the government's initiatives in key areas of the programme including rural Internet connectivity, digital [url=]cloud[/url] services for all and communications and productivity services for the government. "At Microsoft, our focus is on empowering every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. Likewise, the Digital India initiative is focused on harnessing the power of technology to help India transform," he said. (Also see:  [url=]Inside India's Digital Locker: What Is DIGILocker and How Does It Work?[/url]) The democratising force of software and digital technology, he said, will enable India's future innovators and entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams, Indian businesses to transform and seize the opportunities ahead and enable the talent and ingenuity of the human capital in India to thrive. "In fact, to help drive this transformation we are bringing our marquee cloud services - Microsoft [url=]Azure[/url], Dynamics and [url=]Office 365[/url] - to local data centres in India to accelerate cloud innovation, connect every Indian and every Indian business to the world through our global hyper-scale cloud," he said. He congratulated Prime Minister [url=]Narendra Modi[/url] on the initiative saying he is looking forward to seeing how technology can enable India's transformation in the years ahead.

“India will be a huge broadband market over the next 3 years:” Rajiv Kapur

MUMBAI: The Indian Cable TV sector has a gargantuan task at hand. Not only does it have to work towards converting analogue cable TV homes to digital, but it also needs to work towards connecting India with high-speed broadband pipes. Multi system operators (MSOs) are now working towards strengthening their broadband services. While Hathway Cable & Datacom was the first to launch a 50 mbps broadband service on its Docsis 3.0 ultra high speed network in 2013, Siti Cable and Den Networks were quick to follow suit in 2014. Not only this, several cooperatives that mushroomed post the digitization announcement, are also looking at offering more broadband services. And all this, to improve business as well as their average revenue per user (ARPU). So are MSOs in India taking the right approach to build a broadband base in the country? Broadcom India managing director Rajiv Kapur tells, “I applaud the MSOs in the country for what they are doing. They are taking the right approach. If anything, they should do more of it.” The satellite versus cable versus IPTV is probably the biggest war in the broadcast universe, where three different ways of delivering live TV compete with each other. “India is at a very nascent stage for IPTV, and that brings us to the satellite versus cable TV war. Like in any other market, both will co-exist with their own unique offerings. Both have existed with a large enough pie of their own and both bring something unique to the table,” opines Kapur. Kapur believes that a reason why cable benefits over satellite is because it can provide a two way service. “While one way service is very limited, two way services are way more powerful in customizing things to make them more entertaining, or in gaming context more interactive. Taking a cue from what has happened in the rest of the world, I foresee that the sheer desire to remain competitive against satellite will again lead cable to bring broadband more aggressively in Indian cable market. The market itself isn’t exactly demanding it, so there has to be a little bit of a push to create the demand,” he adds. Since Indian subscribers are currently not aware of the advantages of a two way pipe, cable operators will need to start making creative use of the pipe that gives two way cable services, which enhances one’s TV watching experience and not just leave it as a pipe. “Even if it is left as a pipe, there are still some benefits for cable operators because the ARPU will still be way higher,” Kapur informs. Broadband will not only benefit cable operators, but also subscribers as there will be less capital expenditures (CAPEX) and a lower total bill, if they get the services from one operator. “So everyone benefits and this will happen whether it’s a sheer data pipe or there are services in the data pipe, which embellishes TV watching experience,” says Kapur. According to him, one needs to be a little more patient with broadband as India is going through the basic steps of digitization. “As a country, barely have we been able to figure out how to get such a large footprint of analogue converted to digital. It is a very large market and that makes it that much more difficult. One needs to keep in mind that business relations between broadcasters, MSOs and LCOs are still settling down,” points out Kapur. The country definitely needs a broadband push and now. Talking about how it will happen, Kapur suggests two types of push mechanism. “The first push is much easier and has already started, which is offering a higher bandwidth speed at aggressive pricing. This kind of push takes a progressive operator to initiate it and we have seen it happening. The second level of push is TV embellishing two way service. If you fast forward into 2016, there will be at least one progressive like- minded large cable operator who will begin showcasing interactive services that others will either be forced to follow or would want to follow,” he suggests. Talking about the right pricing for broadband, Kapur says that the sweet spot of bandwidth and price is between Rs 800 – 1000. “There is always a package, which is above it and there is a package below it. What will happen with time is that higher speeds will come at the same price. This is the beauty of a competitive market. In a year from now, at least a few operators will start aggressive broadband packages in the market. The side effects of this on other operators starting the same, will take another year or two. So in the next two-three years, India will be a much larger broadband market than it is today,” feels Kapur. Delay in Digitization Kapur believes that even if the country sees a large percentage of digitized homes and not 100 per cent, is still a big step forward. “The only benefit of 100 per cent digitization is that one can do an analogue shut off,” he says. Citing the positives of the delay of digitization, Kapur says, “The sheer magnitude of what needs to be done is very large. The delay gives time and opportunity to MSOs, LCOs and broadcasters to sort out their complex relations and their businesses.” The pressure to complete seeding of set top boxes (STBs) on time in phase I and II saw many MSOs compromising with the STB quality. “If we have to deploy 50-100 million boxes, it will be a shame to do it without keeping quality in mind. This country shouldn’t waste money in replacing boxes. So there is a big positive in the delay as now the quality matrix of what needs to be looked in hardware procurement will be left uncompromised,” he adds. Pay TV channel revenues post digitization Currently there is fear in the masses that prices of pay TV channels post digitization will go up. Kapur feels that while there is an element of truth in that, it is only because in the analogue regime, people were not paying for what they were viewing. “The second television was not being paid for and people were slicing the cable and taking feeds. So in the bigger picture, prices will go up just because of that.” Citing examples from the telecom sector, where high competition and usage led to reduction of prices, Kapur suggests that hyper competition will force price control even in the cable TV sector. “More services will come, which if taken by subscribers, will increase the ARPU for operators,” he opines. In satellite, DTH players have existed since over 10 years, however the country witnessed hyper competition amongst players only in 2008-2009. As the DTH market enters its early stage of maturity, more services are being considered and offered to consumers. “All this took a decade. Cable will not take that long because the market is established due to DTH, but it still needs to go through it,” informs Kapur.

Ortel Broadband launches 50 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 internet

MUMBAI: Ortel Communications has introduced 50 Mbps mega speed DOCSIS 3.0 broadband internet in Odisha. While initially being deployed in Bhubaneswar, the service will be made available in other markets as well. DOCSIS 3.0 allows a much higher throughput compared to the earlier versions by using multi- channel bonding simultaneously for download/upload. Ortel Communications president and CEO Bibhu Prasad Rath said, “We are happy to launch mega speed broadband services of up to 50 Mbps on DOCSIS 3.0 technology. This will redefine the consumer experience of internet usage and we believe that mega speed internet at low cost will revolutionize the internet markets that we are present in. We intend to aggressively pursue this in our markets which will help us increase the overall broadband subscriber base. The company plans to actively deploy DOCSIS 3.0 modems to deliver impressive internet surfing experience to its subscribers. With faster digitization of cable TV customers, we will be in a strong position to leverage the opportunity by offering COMBO plans of Digital TV and Internet connections.” DOCSIS technology has been developed by CableLabs, an International consortium of cable operators and MSOs, and approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T). This technology has been widely used in Europe and USA by leading ISPs. The internet subscribers in India have evolved over a period of time and Ortel Broadband has launched the mega speed broadband internet plans to cater to subscribers who have increased video led internet consumption. HD video content viewings as well as increased download speeds are the main benefits of DOCSIS 3.0 mega speed Ortel Broadband. Higher end online gaming responses will be almost real time. Ortel Broadband DOCSIS 3.0 subscribers can download a movie of 750 MB in two minutes and video songs can be downloaded within seconds based on the plans selected and system configuration. The company has invested in laying its own network with reverse path compatibility making it capable of providing Triple play service including broadband and VoIP services.

Broadband usage in India sees just over 5% growth between Jan-Feb

NEW DELHI: At a time when the government is stressing on Digital India and using social media over the Internet to the full, there was a growth of a mere 5.11 per cent in the number of broadband subscribers between January (94.49 million) and February (97.37 million). The number of subscribers using mobile devices (phones and dongles) went up from 78.66 million to 81.49 million, showing the largest growth of 3.59 per cent. In comparison, the growth of wired subscribers was 14.45 million in February as against 15.39 in January and the growth of fixed wireless subscribers (Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Point-to- Point Radio & amp; VSAT) went up from 440,000 to just over that same figure, thus signifying an increase of just 0.63 per cent. The top five service providers constituted 83.53 per cent market share of total broadband subscribers at the end of February. These service providers were Bharti Airtel (20.88 million), BSNL (20.67 million), Vodafone (17.93 million), Idea Cellular Ltd (14.08 million) and Reliance Communications Group (7.78 million). The top five Wired Broadband Service providers were: BSNL (9.98 million), Bharti Airtel (1.43 million), MTNL (1.14 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (0.65 million) and YOU Broadband (0.44 million). The top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Bharti Airtel (19.45 million), Vodafone (17.92 million), Idea Cellular (14.08 million), BSNL (10.69 million) and Reliance Communications Group (7.67 million). Wireless subscribers with less than 1MB and 5MB data usage in a month have not been considered as internet/broadband subscribers by Reliance Communication Group and Idea Cellular Ltd respectively.

Airtel seeks West Bengal govt permission for Wi-Fi hotspots in Kolkata

KOLKATA: War for internet data market seems to intensify in Kolkata as telecom operator Bharti Airtel is in the process of seeking permission from the West Bengal government to create Wi-Fi hotspots across the city to push data usage. “We have sought permission from the state government to create hotspots across the city as we are also looking at Wi-Fi service to consumers,” Airtel CEO (Bengal & Odhisa) R S Negi said, on the sidelines of launching company’s 3G service in the Kolkata circle on its recently acquired The Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) 900 Mhz spectrum. In February, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, the company owned by Mukesh Ambani’s flagship Reliance Industries, rolled out a free 4G Wi-Fi service at Park Street, enabling Kolkata as the first metro city with a 4G-enabled high-speed internet service. The company last week said that four more areas of Kolkata will turn into Wi-Fi enabled zones by next month. The company, which is investing around Rs 3,300 crore to roll out 4G in Bengal, plans to offer the free service as part of a sampling experiment. The official commercial launch will take place later. Data is turning out to be major focus for the telecom companies, experts said. While Negi declined to give financial numbers, he said that half of the incremental revenue for Bharti Airtel comes from data services. He also informed that the company may use 3G or 4G network to fire the Wi-Fi service or in a combination of both depending on the situation. Airtel is already offering free Wi-Fi on two bus routes, as trial to this mode of service, since late last year. According to Negi, the new 3G service branded as Platinum 3G will offer better speed for consumers and better outdoor and indoor coverage, while adding that the company is not tweaking with the existing 3G tariff for consumers. However, the new 3G is only for Kolkata and not Rest of West Bengal (RoWB) circle. Kolkata is the second circle for 3G service based on UMTS 900 after Mumbai for Airtel. “With the launch of Platinum 3G, Airtel customers of Kolkata can browse the internet 122 per cent faster than any other 3G network, get 36 per cent better indoor coverage and enjoy extended battery life. Additionally, users can stream videos 144 per cent faster than the existing speed. Customers need not to pay extra to avail this superior connectivity and can enjoy Platinum 3G at the existing 3G tariffs,” he said. This 3G services in Kolkata on the 900 Mhz spectrum will offer better speed than when these services are offered on another bandwidth. The 3G network in Kolkata is likely to be managed by Nokia Networks, which already has the operations & maintenance mandate for its 2G and 4G networks in the city.

MTNL Mumbai Broadband 8 Mbps on Line Bonding Technology

Broadband 8 Mbps plan using Line Bonding Technology Plan Name DSL_8Mbps_2998 Download Speed Upto 8 Mbps Upload Speed Upto 2 Mbps Email ID(4MB) 2 no. Monthly Service Charges Rs. 2998 Monthly Free usage (Upload + Download) 200 GB Additional Data Usage Charges 10p/MB Free Static IP(on Request) 01 Note : Line Bonding CPE Charges (a) One Time Upfront Charges for Line Bonding Modem (non refundable) : Rs 4000/- (b) Monthly CPE Charges for MTNL Supplied Line Bonding Modem : Rs 50 Per Month Activation Charges Rs. 200 is applicable. Service tax extra. [ATTACHMENT NOT FOUND]

MTNL Mumbai launches low cost 8 Mbps Broad Band Internet Plans

MTNL Mumbai New Broadband 8 Mbps plans: DSL_8Mbps_990 Rs.990, Upto 8Mbps/2Mbps till 28 GB and 512Kbps/512Kbps afterwards. DSL_8Mbps_1290 Rs.1290, Upto 8Mbps/2Mbps till 50 GB and 512Kbps/512Kbps afterwards. DSL_8Mbps_1690 Rs.1690, Upto 8Mbps/2Mbps till 85 GB and 512Kbps/512Kbps afterwards. DSL_8Mbps_2290 Rs.2290, Upto 8Mbps/2Mbps till 165GB and 512Kbps/512Kbps afterwards. Note: Data Usage include upload and download wherever mentioned. DSL activation and testing charges, one time upfront CPE charges and monthly CPE service charges will be as per existing tariff for connection to be given on single pair using normal ADSL CPE(wired/wireless). One static IP given free of cost for DSL_8Mbps_2290 plan on customer request. For connection to be given on Line Bonding CPE and two pairs upfront charges will be: (a) One Time Line bonding CPE Upfront Charges : Rs 4000/- (b) Monthly service Charges for MTNL Supplied Line Bonding Modem : Rs 100 Per Month Combo version of above plan will offer a rent free landline. However in Non combo version customer will have to choose seprate landline plan as per his requirments. In Combo plan initial charges and security deposit for landline will be as per existing landline tariff. No free call allowed in combo plans. Outgoing calls will be charged at Rs. 1 /pulse(as existing). These plan can be given Using normal ADSL CPE upto 1 KM distance and beyond that line bonding CPE can be used. Service tax extra as applicable. [ATTACHMENT NOT FOUND]

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