Broadband

  • 'Government WiFi project at panchayats to be more cost effective' September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: A WiFi based broadband project at village panchayat level, involving operational expenditure of Rs 2,472 crore annually by the government, will lead to huge savings compared to market costs, according to a study. "The per annum cost of covering operational expenses for Government Users Network (GUN) is Rs 2,472...
  • TRAI raises minimum broadband speed from 256kbps to 512kbps July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom sector regulator TRAI has notified that the minimum broadband speed has been raised to 512 kilo bytes per second (kbps) from the earlier 256 kbps. The amendment has been made to the Telecom Consumers Complaint Redressal Regulations, 2012 and the regulations will be called the Telecom Consumers Complaint...
  • Reliance to launch the muchawaited 4G broadband services in 2015 June 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Reliance Industries today said it will invest Rs 1.8 lakh crore across businesses in the next three years and launch the muchawaited 4G broadband services in 2015 as it looks to breakinto top 50 companies of the world. RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani, the world's richest energy billionaire, unveiled his vision...
  • India has the lowest average Internet speed in the Asia-Pacific region April 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Soon after the telecom regulator started the process to mandate a minimum speed for broadband connections, a study by US firm Akamai shows India has the lowest average Internet speed in the Asia-Pacific region. "South Korea was once again the only country with an average connection speed of over...
  • Airtel to hike fixed line broadband rates from April by up to 40 per cent March 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Airtel's fixed-line broadband customers will have to shell out more for Internet services from next month as the service provider has hiked the charges, by up to 40 per cent in certain plans. The operator has informed its customers that the increase in broadband...
  • BSNL hikes landline, broadband rentals March 1, 2014

    Kolkata: India's largest state-owned telecommunications service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has decided to increase the landline and broadband monthly tariff from March 1 across the country. "One India monthly plan for landline will be revised from Rs 180 to Rs 195," BSNL CGM (Kolkata) Gautam Chakraborty told PTI. ...
  • Tata Docomo to expand highspeed mobile broadband service September 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Telecom services company Tata Docomo plans to expand its highspeed mobile broadband service in all metros and minimetros by the end of this fiscal. "The company has plan to roll out Photon Max in all key metros and minimetros in a phased manner within financial year 2014," Tata Docomo's...
  • China aims nationwide broadband by 2020 August 18, 2013

    Beijing: China will strive to complete broadband coverage in urban and rural areas by 2020, the government announced Saturday. The move is aimed at achieving WiFi coverage in key public urban areas by 2013 and providing fixed broadband coverage for half of Chinese households by 2015. On Saturday, the State Council elevated...
  • Vodafone to buy Germany's Kabel Deutscland for $ 10.1 bn June 24, 2013

    London: Vodafone has agreed to buy Germany's largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland for 7.7 billion euros ($10.1 billion), making its biggest deal since 2007 a bet on TV and fixed line services to protect its most important market in Europe. Announcing its second major acquisition for a European fixedline network in...
  • Ambani bets on 4G broadband in India, but risks abound June 24, 2013

    Mumbai: Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani hopes his multibillion dollar bet on cheap highspeed wireless broadband could change the way nearly a billion of his countrymen use mobile devices from the way they do banking to watching cricket. In a country where most people own a mobile phone yet lack basic Internet...
  • Kerala: Two lakh panchayats to be under broadband facility by 2015 June 15, 2013

    Thrissur: About two lakh panchayats would be brought under broadband facility by end of 2014 under the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) scheme, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj V Kishore Chandra Deo said on Saturday. Out of a total of 2,46,000 panchayats in the country, 50,000 have...
  • India allows 4G airwave holders to offer voice February 19, 2013

    New Delhi: India will allow wireless broadband airwave holders to provide voice services if they pay an additional $306 million, a senior government official said on Monday, a move likely to boost billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Ltd. Reliance Industries, controlled by India's richest man, is the only company with nationwide...
  • Rates of Internet and broadband services may go up February 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Industry body ISPAI today said that rates of internet and broadband services may go up under new licenses framework due to high entry fee proposed by Department of Telecommunications (DoT). DoT has proposed to charge onetime entry of Rs 15 crore for a national...
  • Make broadband service transparent: TRAI to telcos July 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Acting on complaints received from consumers and consumer organisations, Telecom regulator TRAI on Friday directed telecom companies to provide broadband services in a transparent manner and through updated information. "Authority has been receiving complaints...that service providers are not delivering broadband services in a transparent manner as they are not...
  • RIL finalising plans for broadband offerings June 7, 2012

    Mumbai: Reliance Industries (RIL), which has panIndia spectrum for broadband services, today said it is finalising plans to offer digital services in key areas of education, security, financial services and entertainment. Updating the status of its broadband and wireless access business, Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani said that the initiative...
  • Technical snag hits BSNL broadband users in Chandigarh, Punjab May 28, 2012

    Chandigarh: BSNL broadband users in Punjab and Chandigarh have been unable to access internet since morning today due to a server problem. "The server in Noida, which caters to the northern region was not functioning because of some power supply issue. As a result of which the broadband users could...
  • Bharti Airtel launches 4G in Kolkata April 10, 2012

    Kolkata: Bharti Airtel has launched Broadband Wireless Access or BWA services in Kolkata, becoming the first company to offer 4G services in India. The services will also be available in Pune, Chandigarh and Bangalore soon. The services on offer include those which can be intercepted by and made available in the...
  • Will broadband make content streaming viable? January 10, 2012

    I expect at least two major metros, Mumbai and Delhi, will show significant uptake in Internet access on the cable network as well as wireless broadband. Also, 4G rollout will be a major driver for 2012. Even as broadband 4G rolls out, data consumption over cable is (already) increasing. In the...
  • Tata launches new mobile broadband solutions December 8, 2011

    Mumbai: Tata Communications has launched mobile broadband solutions enabled by 'Internet Protocol Exchange' (IPX+) framework. Seventy mobile network operators (MNOs) across the globe have signed up for the new framework which is designed to help capitalise on the latest technology innovations in the mobile broadband space, the company said here. ...
  • CDOT to transfer GPON technology to telecom makers December 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Indigenously developed by the Centre for Development of Telematics (CDOT), the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology is now set to be transferred to the country's telecom manufacturers. "GPON technology is the pivotal component required for broadband connectivity over optical fiber. The GPON technology has been tested, validated,...
  • BSNL may get subsidy to meet its operational costs October 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Lossmaking BSNL may get financial compensation for maintaining unremunerative services, like its offerings in rural areas as part of the Universal Service Obligation, or would be allowed to take a commercial decision to continue or exit from such services. "...if BSNL is being asked (by DoT) to maintain an...
  • The Reliance juggernaut on the move, again! October 20, 2011

    India, for Paul E Jacobs CEO of $ 11billion telecom research and hardware company Qualcomm has been like a box of chocolates, in a very Forrest Gump way. The good surprise came on June 11, 2010, when Qualcomm won the licence to offer broadband wireless access (BWA) in...
  • Nokia Siemens launches new way to deliver broadband September 21, 2011

    New Delhi: Global telecom infrastructure firm Nokia Siemens Networks Tuesday launched a new way to deliver broadband the "liquid net". "The new method allows a network operator to set up a selfadapting network that can serve variable capacity and coverage requirements, based on demand," the company said in a...
  • South Korea top world communications economy: UN September 16, 2011

    London: South Korea was the world's most advanced Internet and telecommunications economy in 2010, with high levels of access, usage and skills, while highspeed Web access remained unaffordable in many lowincome countries, the United Nations said on Thursday. Mobile subscriptions grew 20 per cent over the past year to more than...
  • Bharti Airtel appoints new CEOs August 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Telecom giant Bharti Airtel on Wednesday said it has appointed two new Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) for its broadband and directtohome services. "Both these verticals are part of the consumer business group that will lead the overall strategy for the businesstoconsumer segment (B2C), with a clear focus on customer...
  • Mobile broadband users to hit 1 bn in 2011 January 12, 2011

    Stockholm: Mobile broadband subscriptions are on track to surpass 1 billion in 2011 only months after reaching half a billion, Ericsson said on Tuesday, highlighting a key growth driver for the telecom sector. "During the course of 2010, a significant milestone in terms of mobile broadband subscriptions was reached as their...
  • Village panchayats to have broadband: Pitroda January 7, 2011

    New Delhi: All 250,000 village panchayats in the country will be connected with broadband by mid2012 under a $4billion project to take the benefits of technology to the poor, tech evangelist Sam Pitroda said on Friday. "I can assure you that in 18 months every village panchayat will have broadband. It...
  • Americans can't live without highspeed Internet December 22, 2010

    New York: Highspeed Internet has had the greatest technological impact on society over the past decade and is the technology most people say they cannot live without, according to a new poll. Twenty four percent of 1,950 US adults questioned in the online survey conducted by Zogby International said highspeed Internet...
  • TRAI proposes massive broadband boost December 9, 2010

    New Delhi: India's telecom regulator called for massive expansion of broadband in the country and wanted the government to set up a nationwide broadband network that would cost about Rs 600 billion ($ 13 billion) to take highspeed Internet to rural hinterlands. In its proposals released on Wednesday, the Telecom Regulatory...
  • South Korea widens lead in global broadband quality October 18, 2010

    London: South Korea has surpassed Hong Kong and Japan in broadband quality for the second consecutive year, setting a new global benchmark for speed and penetration, a study said on Monday. The annual survey by the universities of Oxford and Oviedo and sponsored by Cisco Systems found that broadband quality, as...