C-DAC is spearheading an initiative to setup a national grid computing network named Garuda. The grid will include India's indigenously assembled supercomputer - PARAM Padma, and will interconnect research institutions - IIT, IISc etc. - across the country. The initiative has received a grant of Rs. 145 million from the Department Of Information Technology.
Also of interest is a tender for the supply of ADSL2 modems to BSNL Karnataka.
At the Broadband Tech India 2005 conference yesterday:
BSNL director (finance) SD Saxena:
BSNL can not share its network just because it has one. It will not be able to bear the loss incurred by sharing its network with others.
These aggresive tarrif cuts apply on both domestic and international circuits, and will very likely cause VSNL et al. to sit up and take notice. Reliance Infocomm currently control about 8% of the market.
Bill Gates, in a speech in Bangalore, announced a talent search contest - 1337ly titled 'Code 4 Bill' - to recruit the best India has on offer. The contest is scheduled to commence in January and will feature eight stages that will include technical and analytical tests along with face-to-face interviews. The winners (20 of them) get to intern at Microsoft India and eventually get assimilated by Microsoft Redmond.
Full story: Times of India.
With the announcement that Microsoft are planning on investing USD 1.7 billion into India (over four years), the total amount in terms of investment plans announced over the last 11 weeks has touched USD 10 billion. Most of these investments are scheduled to go into research and development.
The SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable network has been completed and is ready to be commissioned. However, Indian 'security agencies' apparently need to provide the go-ahead before this can happen. Upon commissioning, India's external bandwidth (via submarine networks) will jump up to about 540 Gbps. The SMW-4 cable will eventually be upgraded to provide a capacity of 1.2 Tbps.
The cable runs through 14 countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy and France.
In a bid to avoid duplication of common infrastructure thereby promoting growth in the sector, the DoT has proposed that independent infrastructure providers be allowed to set up base in the country and lease their networks to all operators.
This practice is common in the international market, where a large number of optic fibre cable (OFC) operators and international long-distance submarine cable operators lease their infrastructure to consortiums of telecom operators.
Considering the poor uptake of broadband in India, the TRAI is now pushing DTH providers to enter the broadband segment. There are apparently close to 1 million DTH users in India primarily in rural/remote areas, who will benefit from this service.
However, considering that this is a one-way service, wherein the satellite only provides the downstream, it is unclear how these providers are planning on managing the upstream transfer. Dial-up will very likely be prohibitively expensive and inevitably unreliable.