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August 2017


CONVERGENCE NEWS

 

BSNL: 1000 MBPS BROADBAND

On July 14, the T e l e c o m M i n i s t e r M a n o j S i n h a launched BSNL's 1,000 MBps broadband service. "

BSNL has successfully implemented a major project of Next Generation O p t i c a l T r a n s p o r t Networking (NG-OTH) technology in 44 cities covering state capitals and major cities. Under this project, total 100 major cities including state capitals shall be covered in phased manner during current financial year," Sinha said at the inauguration. The NG-OTN will be implemented in 3 phases with a total outlay of ₹ 330 crore.

"With this upgradation we will be able to provide connection with speed of up to 1 gigabit per second on FTTH networks in all state capitals and other top cities," BSNL CGM Anil Kumar Jain announced.


262 MILLION B'BAND SUBS

The total broadband subscriber base stands at 291.61 million. Of these, 273 million subs access wireless broadband via a mobile phone or dongle.

The top 5 wireless broadband service providers had 88.23% market share: Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (117.34 million), Bharti Airtel (51.21 million), Vodafone (40.42 million), Idea Cellular (24.63 million) and Reliance Communications (14.46 million).

India has 1.02 billion active mobile subscribers.

The top 5 wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.80 million), Bharti Airtel (2.09 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.20 million), MTNL (0.99 million) & YOU Broadband (0.64 million).


COURT ORDERS FAST BROADBAND

The Chhattisgarh High Court has directed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to provide high speed Internet facility to broadband users according to the national telecom policy which had promised 2 MBps broadband by 2015.

This was in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by social worker Dilip Kumar Bhandari, questioning the delay in improving broadband speed in the country.

Chhattisgarh's Additional Solicitor General N K Vyas presented the Union governments stand and assured the division bench that all users will be provided with high Internet speed by 2023.



JIO'S SUBMARINE CABLE

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio), has launched in India, the Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1) submarine cable system.

AAE-1, the longest 100Gbps submarine system, will stretch over 25,000 km from Marseille, France to Hong Kong, with 21 cable landings across Asia and Europe.

AAE-1 is a joint project by telecom service providers from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

AAE-1 links seamlessly with other cable systems and fiber networks to deliver direct access to all global markets.

"We are excited to participate in the launch and deliver the cable landing in Mumbai at the time when India's data traffic continues its accelerated data consumption and growth," said Jio president Mathew Oommen. Jio provides the Network Operations & Management for AAE-1 Cable System, from its facility in Navi Mumbai.

AAE-1 provides one of the lowest latency routes between Hong Kong, India, Middle East and Europe with the fewest hops.


JIO TOPS TRAI'S SPEED TEST

Airtel has slipped to the last position behind all other major 4G mobile phone operators, in TRAI's latest speed tests. the details are:

♣ Jio .................... 18.80 MBps

♣ Vodafone ....... 12.29 MBps

♣ Idea ................. 11.68 MBps

♣ Airtel ................ 8.23 MBps


TRAI PROMOTES WIFI HOTSPOTS

The TRAI has invited companies, app providers and hardware or software providers to set up a pilot project of Wi-Fi hotspots - which it calls Public Data Offices (PDOs). These will provide pay-as-you-go 'sachet sized' data packs offering Internet access priced between ₹ 2 & ₹ 20.

PDOs will be akin to the public calling offices (PCOs) that connected all of India before the advent of mobile phones.

Participants have been asked to send their details by July 25. The pilot will help in identifying the positives and problem areas before national proliferation of such hotspots.

Today India has just 30,000 WiFi hotspots, compared to 10 million in US and 13 million in France.


INMARSAT'S IN-FLIGHT B'BAND

In early July 2017, I n m a r s a t launched a satellite that will is planned to provide broadband to plane in flight over Europe. The project will almost double the company's annual revenues from $ 1.3 billion to $ 2.3 billion.

However, rivals ViaSat, Eutelsat and Panasonic have lodged a complaint with the European Court of Justice seeking an injunction on the proposed service. They argue that the Inmarsat's originally 2009 license for S-Band radio spectrum granted to be used for rural satellite broadband. That license is being misused for providing inflight broadband, they argue.

Inmarsat's CEO Mr Pearce dismissed the legal challenges, saying the companies were "just making mischief".


SAT PHONES PERMITTED

Telecom minister Manoj Sinha has clarified that there is no government ban on satellite phone services in India. However, the service provider will require to set-up satellite phone gateway in India so that security agencies can lawfully intercept calls on its network whenever required.

BSNL provides satellite phone services to security forces, disaster management teams and some other government departments on case-to-case basis. call charges are approx. ₹ 45 per minute, most of which goes to INMARSAT. A handset costs ₹ 40,000 to ₹ 70,000.

The DoT has a provision for satellite phone service under unified licence called 'Global Mobile Personal Communication by Satellite (GMPCS) Service'. GMPCS permits are issued after security clearance by an interministerial committee.


TRAI: SLASH VSAT FEE

"The entry fee for captive VSAT licence may be reduced by 50%, that is, from ₹ 30 lakh to ₹ 15 lakh," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in statement here.

"There is no justification for charging additional 25 per cent amount as reuse factor for number of VSATs more than the number of carriers. These charges should be eliminated for calculation of Royalty charges," the TRAI added. n