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India looks to WiMAX for Broadband

Submitted by Karthik on 17 January, 2006 - 02:25

Light Reading is carrying a succinct article on why telco majors in India believe WiMAX will be the one. The article also outlines the reasons why the Indian broadband industry is where it is today, along with a few choice quotes like the following:

"It's absolutely abysmal compared to other countries with equal per capita GDP," says Ravi Bhagavan, vice president at consultancy Galileo Global Advisors, noting that the government's broadband policy target was to have 3 million subscribers by the end of 2005. "Talk about aiming at the sky and shooting the fact I think they hit the trunk."

Reliance and VSNL stuck in a rut?

Submitted by Karthik on 16 January, 2006 - 14:16

The Hindu Business Line has a write-up, albeit with no conclusive answers, on why VSNL and Reliance - both companies backed by the two largest business families in the country - are yet/unable to make their big push into the broadband sector.

Reliance Infocomm has barely any retail broadband customers. Its metro-ethernet plan involved bringing fibre right to the buildings; the company has wired up thousands of buildings across the country.

DoT seeks release of spectrum from Department of Space for WiMAX

Submitted by Karthik on 16 January, 2006 - 12:05

The DoT is seeking the release of allocated spectrum for use in WiMAX networks. The spectra in question are currently being used by the Department of Space for satellite comunications.

"Some spectrum on 2.3-2.5 Ghz band have been made available to the operators going for Wimax roll-out. We have to coordinate with department of space for releasing spectrum 3.3-3.8 Ghz as well as 2.5-2.7 Ghz band so that we can give it to Wimax operators. But it will take time," DoT sources said.

India's RIAA rears its head

Submitted by Karthik on 12 January, 2006 - 23:57

The IMI has threatened to:

take "appropriate civil and criminal action" against over 600 websites and 30 Indian Internet service providers (ISPs) — including the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) — for "not preventing" the unauthorised downloading of online music.

Besides addressing music downloads, the IMI is also trying to take action against websites offering pirated ring-tones.

The worst tech column ever aka why you don't want to buy a Zenith PC

Submitted by Karthik on 12 January, 2006 - 21:04

I just came across this column, apparently by Raj Saraf - the Big Kahuna of Zenith Computers, and to put it mildly, it hasn't exactly inspired me with boundless confidence in the competence of the company. In fact, a google suggests that this is actually a regular debacle. Furthermore, a quick perusal through some of the past editions indicates that the quality of the "advice" being distributed with this .. wild weekly abandon, always manages to plumb new depths in ignorance. In other words, this is not a one-off.

Intel launches Centrino Duo

Submitted by Karthik on 12 January, 2006 - 19:46

Intel launched its new dual-core mobile processr - the Centrino Duo, a couple of days ago in Bombay. The processor was largely designed in Intel's Bangalore centre.

"We view it as the second major leap forward for the company since the launch of the Pentium processors in 1993. In the context of mobility, the technology is nothing short of a revolution," Mr. Anand said. Lavish in praise for the development team from Bangalore, he said that by the year 2007, almost every laptop being sold would have a component designed by Intel India.

Triple Play - Impending availability?

Submitted by Karthik on 10 January, 2006 - 14:40

Triple Play services are apparently in the closing stages of various technical trials around the country, and will possibly be rolled out as early as "early 2006".

"We are in talks with Bharti for trial in Mumbai, but we will be looking at non-exclusive tie-ups across the country," said Hathway Cable & datacom, MD and CEO, K Jayaraman.

Siticable will be tying up with Railtel for voice and has already developed a three-in-one modem for voice, video and telephony in-house through its technical arm Pacenet. The company will roll out its service in the next two months. Hinduja brothers-promoted InCable is believed to be conducting technical trials. State-owned MTNL will start its video service in Delhi and Mumbai by early March this year, and has tied up with Time Broadband Services to source video content.

BSNL actively pursuing FTTH

Submitted by Karthik on 10 January, 2006 - 12:12

As covered previously, BSNL appear to be actively pursuing FTTH as a viable last-mile solution.

"BSNL is keen to procure Fibre to the Home (FTTH) equipment for providing the next generation broadband services to its customers. We have invited expression of interest for procurement of GPON-based FTTH equipment, being the new technology," said a BSNL official. Equipment vendors, including Alcatel and Cisco, are expected to bid for the project.

Quarterly ISP figures released

Submitted by Karthik on 28 December, 2005 - 11:16

The TRAI has released ISP market figures for the quarter ending September 2005.

Summarised figures of the top five ISPs (quarter ending September 2005) were reported as follows:

ISP Subscribers
Growth (%)
BSNL 2.262 36.94 12.14
MTNL 1.207 19.71 8.72
Sify 0.856 13.97 1.13
VSNL 0.51 8.32 -20.56
Reliance 0.31 5.06 9.17
Airtel 0.193 3.15 24.24
Iqara 0.104 1.7 8.99
Hathway 0.05 0.82 22.02

Total Internet subscriber base: 6.125 million [3.95% quarterly growth]
The above figures include all modes of Internet access.


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