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BSNL to Push WiMax to 80,000 Villages

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has plans to connect 80,000 villages with wireless broadband.

Rajesh Kumar, joint DDG, strategic planning, BSNL informed that the project would be undertaken in phases. The organization has formed a cluster of 1,000 block headquarters, scattered across India, for the first phase. These blocks will cover around 10,000 villages. WiMax installation will provide broadband access to customers within a radius of 25 kilometers.

USO will float tender for this project next month. “We have the infrastructure ready, we will invite bids to procure equipment,” said Kumar. BSNL has a budget of Rs 150 crore for equipment procurement, he added. First phase of the project will be completed in the next two years.

Read More @ Cxotoday

Made in India’ mobile soon

Finally! A mobile that’s made in India.

Bangalore-based Digibee Microsystems (Digibee) is all set to take this pioneering step in the next few weeks.

Announcing the investment of $8.5 million (about Rs 38 crore) by Clearstone Venture Partners and SIDBI in the firm, Mr Vijay Balakrishnan, Vice-President of Marketing, Digibee, said the amount would be used to fund the company’s first phase of operations.

It will tie up with the top five mobile operators in the country, who have between them around 115 million subscribers, and begin the process of rolling out handsets. The investment will be utilized to obtain licences, IPRs (intellectual property rights) and in strategic deals with the component manufacturing vendors.…

Read More @ The Hindu Businessline 

Telecom regulator may get more powers

In a bid to make the consumer complaint redressal mechanism more effective, the Communications and IT Minister, Mr Dayanidhi Maran, will be meeting senior officials from Department of Telecom and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to discuss giving more powers to the telecom regulator.

TRAI has proposed a slew of measures including increasing the tenure of the Chairperson and other Board members to five years from the present term of three years and powers to impose punitive measures against operators who violate quality of service norms. TRAI has sent a list of its demands to the Ministry of Communications. Senior officials in DoT said preliminary discussions had taken place between Mr D.S. Mathur, Secretary, DoT, and the TRAI Chairman, Mr Nripendra Misra. A meeting with the Minister is scheduled over the next few weeks…

Read More @ Thehindubusinessline

DoT’s Rs 4k-cr project to set up 8,000 towers in rural India

The department of telecommunications (DoT) on Friday invited bids from all telecom operators and 22 stand-alone tower companies for setting up about 8,000 telecom towers across the country at an estimated cost of Rs 4,000 crore.

The government will provide the capital to set up these towers from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) through a bidding process. This marks the largest project of its kind undertaken by the communications and IT ministry in the country.

All telecom companies pay 5% of their adjusted……………….
Read More @ Economictimes

Aircel division launches WiMAX in Bangalore

The Chennai-based Aircel Business Solutions (ABS), a division of telecom service provider Aircel, on Thursday launched WiMAX in parts of Bangalore city.

ABS is in the final stages of implementing WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) across Bangalore’s prominent locations such as the Electronic City, Airport Road, St Johns Road, Jaya Nagar, Rajaji Nagar, and Koramangala and will provide pan-city coverage across many other commercial areas shortly.

ABS is also identifying and deploying Wi-Fi hotspots..………………..

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RCOM, Tatas now lock horns in Africa

Africa is the new battle ground for the Tatas and Reliance Communications. While Reliance’s 100% subsidiary Flag Telecom plans to build a cable system linking South Africa to Madagascar and Mauritius to expand its global network, Tatas-owned VSNL is in talks with the EASSy cable consortium, Africa’s upcoming cable system, to offer global connectivity on its network.

Last month, RCL chairman Anil Ambani had announced that Flag would invest $1.5 billion to lay an additional 50,000 km of undersea optic fibre capable of carrying voice, video and data, which would give the an additional capacity of 1.28 terabytes per second. The second phase of this cable is slated to cover Africa touching countries such as Kenya, Mozambique, Republic of South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mauritius.

This proposed cable is seen as a rival to upcoming…………..

Read More @ Economictimes

Tata goes online to sell post-paids: Video

Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) is expecting to sell 10,000 to 15,000 post-paid connections per month through its online retail store, i-choose, that was launched here today.

Separately, the CDMA-based telephony service provider is also planning to increase the number of its branded outlets to 3,000 in next two months.

Launching i-choose, TTSL CEO Darryl Green said, “this provides customers with the convenience of online shopping, while the company deliver the phones to the address provided by the subscriber”.

The delivery would be free-of-cost, while handsets would be………………

Read More @ Business-standard

IBM to open islands in 3-D fantasy world

IBM Corp is launching an ambitious marketing campaign in the hip virtual worldSecond Life.”

Big Blue has developed 12 “virtual islands,” and most will be open to anyone with a Second Life account starting next week. Other areas will remain private haunts for about 800 IBM employees – including the CEO – who have cyber alter-egos.

Second Life is a subscription-based 3-D fantasy world devoted to capitalism – a 21st century version of Monopoly that generates real money for successful players. More than 1.95 million people worldwide have Second Life characters, called avatars.

At any given time, 10,000 or more avatars may be logged onto Second Life, socialising by instant messages or engaging in virtual pastimes such as flying, dancing, gambling or watching adult videos.

Second Life is notoriously buggy;……………………………….

For full text click here: Economictimes

DoT rejects L&T Infotech plea on international calls

The department of telecommunications (DoT) has rejected the plea of software service provider L&T Infotech, a wholly-owned subsidiary of engineering major L&T for dropping criminal prosecution against it for alleged routing of international calls from its leased line circuit to the PSTN network.

In its representation to the DoT, the company had urged that the breach be considered technical in nature without any malafide intentions and the matter is resolved through mutual discussions.

In its reply, a copy of which is with FE, DoT has………………….

For full text click here: financialexpress

Motorola Launches Low-Cost Handset

Motorola has launched a new low-cost handset, the MOTOFONE for the Indian market, in both GSM and CDMA formats. E Ink is providing the display technology behind MOTOFONE‘s ClearVision. The changeable electronic ink display is easy to read in bright sunlight or dimly lit environments from virtually any angle – just like paper. Additionally, the display is plastic, lightweight and ultra-low power, making it ideal for mobile and power sensitive applications by eliminating the weight and breakability of glass used in LCD displays.

“In the weeks and months to come, consumers from around the world will enjoy the benefit of the technological innovations packed into MOTOFONE,” said Ron Garriques, President, Mobile Devices, Motorola Inc. “Today’s global launch marks a major milestone as Motorola continues its drive to connect the next billion mobile phone users.”

“E Ink is unleashing the design freedom of Motorola……………….

Read More @ Cellular-news

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