Gurugram To Build Broadband Network

Work for laying an optical fibre network for broadband connectivity across Gurugram has been allotted to four companies, including Reliance Jio, as part of a ‘smart city’ project, which was launched by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The other three companies roped in by GMDA are Indus Towers Limited, Sterlite Convergence Limited and ATC Telecom & Infrastructure Private Limited. Under…

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The Key Role Of Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi can play a key role in driving ubiquitous connectivity and digital inclusion in India, as explored in a recently published Analysys Mason study , ‘Accelerating connectivity through public Wi-Fi: Early lessons from the railway Wi-Fi project’. Despite fast increases in number of people connected (316 million at the end of 2017, compared to 200 million the previous year),…

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India Approved Net Neutrality

The Telecom Commission (TC), the highest decision-making body in the telecom ministry approved net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminating between their web traffic. The decision ensures that internet for Indians will continue to remain non-discriminatory and unrestricted. The TC has accepted Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI’s) recommendations, which means that ISPs cannot block or…

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Facebook’s Aquila Internet-beaming Drone Project Abandoned

In a significant development, Facebook has abandoned its plan to develop high-flying solar-powered drones called Aquila that was aimed to deliver Internet to nearly four billion people in remote parts of the world. A high altitude platform station (HAPS) system, Aquila’s mission, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was to connect the world and help people who do not have…

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Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Set For Home Broadband War

Consumers of home broadband services can look forward to a bonanza of sorts in coming months with Bharti Airtelready to engage in another price war once Reliance Jio Infocomm launches its much-awaited fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services later this year. After unleashing brutal price wars in the mobile services space with its disruptive tariffs following its entry in September 2016, the Mukesh…

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Govt To Boost Up Public Wifi Hotspots

Public WiFi hot spots could mushroom with the government planning to lift an existing prohibition on the resale of internet data, a person aware o the mater said. The department of telecommunications (DoT) is planning to issue an order within a month allowing such resale without double taxation, this person said on condition of anonymity. “Right now, a virtual network…

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India Is Having Increasing Broadband Users Still Quality Of Service Is Under Question

An appropriately designed label for broadband services can help consumers select a plan matching their needs. Thanks to a steep fall in data tariffs, broadband users in India have increased from 269 million (in 2016) to 350 million (in 2017), and are expected to reach 829 million by 2021. Quality of Service However, is there a corresponding improvement in the…

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