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Private firms to use RAJiv to tap rural potential

Submitted by Karthik on 17 December, 2005 - 11:38

RajIV, an Andhra Pradesh government undertaking, has received a private sector fillip following tie-ups with companies like ICICI, Hutch, et al. in bringing broadband connectivity to villages across the state.

"There are around 20 other companies, including seeds and fertiliser companies, that are looking at expanding their reach through Internet as well as physically through our kiosks," Myneni said. This apart, there are some organisations that are looking at tying up with the consortium to provide weather information, etc, to farmers as well.

SEA-ME-WE-4 goes live

Submitted by Karthik on 17 December, 2005 - 10:30

As reported previously, the SEA-ME-WE-4 undersea cable linking 14 countries across Asia, Africa and Europe has gone live as scheduled. Both VSNL and Bharti have a stake in this joint venture. VSNL will also function as the primary network administrator of the venture.

India is now officially a bandwidth surplus country, and international bandwidth prices are expected to fall steadily as a result of this development.

Network sharing: TRAI vs. BSNL and others

Submitted by Karthik on 10 December, 2005 - 09:15

At the Broadband Tech India 2005 conference yesterday:

TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal: BSNL should share its network with other operators to promote broadband connectivity. Not doing so will only promote other private players.

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.

SEA-ME-WE-4 ready to go live

Submitted by Karthik on 3 December, 2005 - 14:12

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.

DoT proposes infrastructure sharing

Submitted by Karthik on 30 November, 2005 - 13:16

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.

DTH broadband on the cards

Submitted by Karthik on 29 November, 2005 - 20:30

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.

PC + Broadband combo drops to Rs. 500 / Month

Submitted by Karthik on 25 November, 2005 - 20:12

BSNL has gone on a renewed marketing blitz to attract more customers to its broadband service. The latest move includes a reduction in the HCL PC + BSNL Broadband offer, dropping the price down to Rs.500 per month. Moreover, the monthly modem rental of Rs.100 has also been dropped.

Besides the PC combo, BSNL are also offering discounts and freebies to dial-up users and new phone subscribers. All this is in a bid to meet a target of 1 million subscribers (previously an ambitious 3 million) by the end of this financial year. The current BSNL subscriber base stands at a modest 235,000.

Alliance forms India's second largest bandwidth network

Submitted by Karthik on 29 October, 2005 - 13:23

GAIL, PowerGrid Corporation Ltd and RailTel have entered into a strategic alliance to pool their bandwidth infrastructure, thereby forming India's second largest (after BSNL) bandwidth network. The three companies control close to 60,000 kms of fibre between them, and are scheduled to increase this even further in the next few years.


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