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VSNL to take on USTR over bandwidth issue

Submitted by Karthik on 25 April, 2006 - 10:19

Internet and telephony major Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) is planning to take on United States Trade Representative (USTR) on allegations that VSNL is creating artificial shortages of bandwidth in and out of India.

USTR, which deals with trade and anti-competitive practices, has accused VSNL of creating bandwidth crisis. In its ‘Telecommunications Trade Agreements’ report, the organisation has also alleged that VSNL was responsible for bottlenecking of bandwidth, in turn, preventing US operators from serving Indian customers.

VSNL to invest in an undersea cable to Europe

Submitted by Karthik on 25 April, 2006 - 10:09

Tatas-owned Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited is planning to lay an undersea cable between India and Europe, covering about 10,000 km, at an investment of over $300 million (about Rs 1,350 crore).
When contacted, senior VSNL officials confirmed the plan and said that the company was expecting to have enough demand for bandwidth by 2008 and keeping this in mind VSNL has undertaken the major project.

Story: The Hindu.

Mobile music industry growing dramatically

Submitted by Karthik on 22 April, 2006 - 19:52
India's mobile music industry will apparently soon overtake its conventional counterpart, with projected sales for 2006 set at INR 7.2 billion.
Airtel has a subscriber base of 20m, out of which 6m use mobile music services. During the last financial year, the company registered about 50m downloads. This year, music downloads are slated to go up as the company adds more subscribers.
For instance almost all operators have launched an "Easy Music" service that allows subscribers to walk into a mobile phone outlet, choose their favorite music from a huge catalogue of music in as many as 20 languages and download onto their mobile phones -- or even other digital devices like iPod -- for as little as 15 cents each for a Hindi song or 30 cents for an international song.

Bridging the divide?

Submitted by Karthik on 19 April, 2006 - 16:39

ET has an interesting article overviewing the impact of various technology initiatives in rural India including the following gem:

Started under the governement's Grameen Sanchar Sevak scheme, a postman totes mobile phone along with letters. Postmen carry WLL (wireless in local loop) phones while delivering mail. Residents can use the phone to make calls, both local and STD for certian charge. The service is targeted at people who do not own a telephone.

Outlook India Spam

Submitted by Karthik on 14 February, 2006 - 03:00

"Outlook Traveller Incredible Sri Lanka Offer"

Thus stated the subject line of an e-mail I received at 2:30 a.m this morning. :S I receive this missive all because I signed up on their website a few months ago to view an article. Nowhere did it state then (and I tend to notice these little man-traps), and nowhere does it state now - on the registration form - that signing up to India's premier magazine would also make me eligible for an *Incredible Getaway* to our war ravaged neighbour. But nevertheless, here I am thanks to the wonders of Outlook's groundbreaking opt-out marketing strategy.



Submitted by Karthik on 4 February, 2006 - 21:31

I've been noticing a number of Indians who use a .be domain for their personal sites - what is up with that?! Bulk discount? :S

And no, they aren't domains in the same vein as either.

*scratches head*


Defective Yeti

Submitted by Karthik on 28 January, 2006 - 13:05

This is a classic - hilarious and true, especially if you've played text adventure games or been hooked onto MUDs ...

The rest of Defective Yeti is also worth the browse - some gems there :)

Your favorablity rating is 58% out of a possible 100%.

Photo Op
You are at a the Emma T. Booker Elementary School, along with a gaggle of obsequious members of the mainstream media.



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