Scatmag.com

June 2017


CONVERGENCE NEWS

 

GOVT MULLS 'NET CHANNEL

In Telangana, BSNL's Karimnagar district unit has tied up with LCOs, enabling LCOs to provide cable TV, landline phone & broadband to its customers under the Fibre to the home (FTTH) programme.

The LCOs do not require any ISP or VNO license, since the consumers will be billed directly by BSNL, who will provide LCOs a 40% commission on the billed amount.

Fibre broadband plans start at ₹ 645 per month for 75 GB @ 15 MBps. Speeds of upto 40 MBps are offered in various plans.

Unlimited voice calling to any network is offered @ ₹ 98 per month.

A WiFi hotspot service will also be offered by BSNL, extending the subscriber's connectivity outdoors too.


HATHWAY OFFERS FIBER INTERNET

H a t h w a y Cable and Datacom Ltd has launched its high-speed fibre to home b r o a d b a n d internet service at ₹ 999 for 1000 GB data at 150 MBps speed and ₹ 1299 for 1000 GB data at 200 MBps speed. Currently South and Central Chennai will be able to avail of the service and it will be extended to other parts of Chennai by year end.

Work is in progress to roll out the service in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata.


ASIANET LAUNCHES GIGA FIBER

Asianet Broadband, a part of A s i a n e t S a t e l l i t e Communications, has launched GIGA Fiber 200 in Kozhikode. It offers 200 Mbps speed and 200 GB data @ ₹ 999. Customers who pay 3 months' rent in advance will get a freeto- use Wi Fi Fiber Optic Modem.

"Kozhikode is just a start and we are going to roll out GIGA fiber across other markets in Kerala too", said Sankaranarayana, President and COO, Asianet Satellite Communications.

Asianet Broadband has a bandwidth capacity of more than 30 Gbps, the largest in Kerala & rated among the top 20 ISPs by TRAI. The company uses DOCSIS & GPON technology.

Asianet Broadband has a subscriber base of close to 2 lakh homes, SME and corporate customers in 56 towns across Kerala and is now expanding into Tamil Nadu.



JIOFIBER BROADBAND TRIALS

Reliance Jio has commenced trial services of its Fibre To The Home (FTTH) broadband service, in a few select areas of Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Surat and Vadodara. The service offers a speed of 100 MBps. Currently the trials are free to consumers, with unlimited usage. No commercial packages have yet been declared.

During the trial, consumers are required to provide a ₹ 4,500 refundable deposit for the FTTH router.

As trials progress, the service is expected to include a wired telephone line, and TV channels via an IPTV service, that will also offer 'catch up TV' for the last 7 days' TV channel content.


DEN LAUNCHES GAMING

DEN has partnered Visiware International (FRANCE), to offer interactive games for television.

DEN subscribers can avail of the Playin' TV service free until 31 May. Thereafter, membership subscription will be offered at a promotional price of ₹ 35 per month until September 2017.

The launch of Playin' TV on Den Boomband, the company's broadband service, is to follow soon.


POWERGRID GETS UNIFIED LICENCE

Government owned Power Grid Corporation has obtained a Unified Licence which includes National level ISP and telecom services. The licence is valid for 20 years.

The power transmission company offers its telecom towers and optical fibre cable infrastructure for commercial use, as a separate revenue generating business.

Earlier, the company had 2 separate licences: IP-1 as an infrastructure provider (IP1) & National Long Distance1 (NLD1), which is due to expire. These 2 licenses have been replaced by a single license.


YUPPTV: NEW MOVIES WORLDWIDE

YuppTV, an OTT platform delivering South-Asian content, now offers movies on the first day or the following weekend of theatrical release, on its Mini Theatre package.

Each movie is made available on a pay-per-view basis with a 6-hour viewing window.

Movies are offered worldwide even if they have not yet been released in that territory.

YuppTV exercises complete piracy control with DRM, Invisible user based/Forensic watermarking and encryption and users are authenticated by mobile and location verification. An invisible & non-removable unique identifier that is embedded in the video, enabling YuppTV to trace any content breach.


HATHWAY PLANS FREE OTT

Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd is working with over the top content providers to offer free content to its subscribers, by August 2017.

Speaking to the press at an event to announce actor R Madhavan as its brand ambassador, Rajan Gupta, Managing Director, Hathway said, the company is in talks with a couple of players to offer free access to select web series and other OTT offerings for its consumers in 3 months. "Also to make download hassle free, we will offer free cloud services soon," he added.


AADHAR FOR BROADBAND KYC

The TRAI has recommended that broadband & fixed-line subscribers will also need to provide Aadhar card number for verification to subscribe to new connections, as e-KYC, similar to mobile connections.

The recommendation needs to be accepted by the Department of Telecom (DoT) before it comes into force.


ASIANET B'BAND IN TN

Asianet Broadband, part of Asianet Satellite Communications, plans to expand into Tamil Nadu.

Promoted and owned by Rajan Raheja, the Kerala based MSO is making its first foray outside its home state.

Asianet Broadband claims to have a subscriber base of close to 2 lakh homes, and SME and corporate customers in 56 towns across Kerala.


DISH TV PLANS OTT

Dish TV India is incorporating a wholly-owned subsidiary to start ITS Over-The- Top (OTT) service. The move is aimed at retaining customers by offering them an additional service.

DTH operators fear that in the medium term their customers may migrate to OTT services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar. Hence, they are rolling out their own OTT service. n