30% bandwidth rate cut expected as landing station access is opened up

Submitted by Karthik on 24 July, 2006 - 12:05

The DoT is expected to introduce regulations that will open up access to landing stations of international long distance players for rival companies’ submarine cables.

Currently, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Reliance Communications, Bharti and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd carry bandwidth to India through seven locations. Trai had recommended to the DoT to allow equal access at the cable landing stations (CLS), including landing facilities for submarine cables, to licensed operators on a non-discriminatory basis, without any sunset clause.

DoT derides ISP on censorship issue

Submitted by Karthik on 21 July, 2006 - 19:47

The Economic Times confirms that the DoT has ordered ISPs to only block the blogs in question rather than entire domains or IP addresses.

DoT has also issued a show cause notice to ISPs following pressure from the government. “The DoT has further sought explanation from the erring ISPs as to why action be not taken against them for blocking unintended websites and webpages,” a government notice on the issue said.

Wipro to offer e-waste disposal services to customers

Submitted by Karthik on 20 July, 2006 - 10:36

Wipro has announced that it will be offering e-waste disposal services to their customers from September 1. This improves compliance with the RoHS and ISO 14000 standards.

On various measures taken within Wipro, Ashutosh Vaidya, vice-president, personal computing division, said, "Wipro has been actively working on the issue since August, 2005. We had set up an environment management team to lead Wipro's initiatives on this front. Over the last one year, we have defined the process, identified suitable disposal mechanisms, created service points across the country, identified technically competent disposal agencies and setup a process for disposal of e-waste."

Sify management jumping ship

Submitted by Karthik on 18 July, 2006 - 19:19

The Economic Times is reporting on rumours that Sify's top tier management executives are all set to make a hasty exit from the company.

NASDAQ-listed Sify, one of India’s leading internet, network and e-commerce providers, is staring at a management crisis with the top brass set for a sudden exit. Sources said the company’s managing director and CEO R Ramaraj and a group of top honchos have put in their papers amidst talks about growing strife with the new promoters, US-based private equity firm Infinity Capital Ventures.

Sources told ET that 20-25 top executives could be on their way out. Some of them, including Mr Ramaraj, have already put in their papers, they added. Incidentally, the move comes barely 24 hours ahead of Sify’s first quarter results and an investor conference to be addressed by Mr Ramaraj.

Source: Economic Times.


Indian ISPs ordered to block blogs?

Submitted by Karthik on 18 July, 2006 - 09:49

It appears that ISPs all across India have been ordered by the Indian government to block a number of key websites on the Internet.

ISPs are believed to have been asked to block sites like bloodspot.com, hinduhumanrights.org, hinduuni-ty.org and clickatell.com, besides frontline blogs like the Google-owned blogsp-ot.com. Deepak Maheshwari, secretary of ISP Association of India said: “We have received a letter from DoT, asking us to block around 18 URLs.”

Though the communication, dated July 13, by the telcom department to ISPs lists specific pages/ websites, several ISPs have blocked all blogs because they were not equipped to filter specific pages. This could be because all websites hosted on blogspot.com, for instance, have the same IP address.

Officials defended the decision saying, "We would like those people to come forward who access these (the 12) radical websites and please explain to us what are they missing from their lives in the absence of these sites."

Airtel games on demand for Rs. 199 per month

Submitted by Karthik on 14 July, 2006 - 20:54

Indiagames and Airtel have teamed up together to offer a subscription based gaming service to Airtel's subscribers.

This service offers unlimited consumption of legal games at a bare minimum monthly subscription fee of Rs. 199. Indiagames has partnered with a number of leading games publishers like Microsoft, Atari, Playfirst, Alawar, Merscomm, Cenega, Meridian, Techland, amongst others, to be able to bring a variety of premium single and multiplayer games, which include popular titles such as Age of Empires, Driv3R and Flight Simulator to this service.


Trai withdraws paper on IPTV

Submitted by Karthik on 9 July, 2006 - 14:37

The TRAI has decided to withdraw its consultation paper which recommended not placing IPTV under the purview of the Cable act. This follows strong opposition from the cable and broadcasting industry over the last week.

The basic intention behind the proposed amendments in the Cable Television (Regulation) Act, 1995 was to keep the IPTV service outside the definition of `cable services’.

Today’s development notwithstanding, the regulator played down the issue. “The chairman has indicated that probably the consultation paper needs to be revised. We would take a final decision soon,” a Trai official told Indiantelevision.com in the evening.

Source: Indian television.

IPTV : cable TV or broadband?

Submitted by Karthik on 6 July, 2006 - 15:57

The Financial Express has a story on the ongoing dispute between cable TV / DTH operators and telecom majors over the classification of IPTV; i.e. should IPTV be categorised under the cable TV act or the Telegraph act?

Cable consortium MSO Alliance stated that if IPTV was kept outside the cable laws, cable operators could not upgrade their IPTV services to digital IPTV without unified licence.

The stakeholders urged Trai to amend the Act to include voice, video and data.

This was in reponse to a TRAI proposal that recommended IPTV not be treated as cable TV.

Sources: The financial express, Indian television.

India clocks notable growth in DSL usage

Submitted by Karthik on 5 July, 2006 - 22:22

Point topic recently released figures on world-wide DSL usage with India figuring prominently in the list for the first time. As of March 2006, India was estimated to have 1,088,935 subscribers, ranking 22nd overall.

Of the established nations, with more than one million DSL subscribers as at 31 March 2006, India topped the percentage growth ranking, increasing its subscriber base by more than 700% in twelve months. Significant subscriber increases were also made in Turkey (190% increase), Mexico (99%) and Australia (84.6%). Pakistan growth (484%) led the way in countries with less than one million DSL subscribers, with Morocco, Greece and Bulgaria all experiencing DSL growth of more than 200%.

Sources: Point Topic, DSL Forum [PDF].

C-DAC looking for translators

Submitted by Karthik on 3 July, 2006 - 22:56

Janabhaaratii, a localisation project initiated by C-DAC Mumbai in 2004, is looking for contributors.

The company announced that it would build the translators' familiarity with Indian language text-processing on the Free Software GNU/Linux platform, teach about different kinds of translations and issues involved, and offer tools to support translations.

Janabhaaratii is working to localise Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). Its plans include contributing to the community efforts in developing a software suite based on GNU/Linux and made available in Indian languages.

Full story: Economic Times.


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