Archive for the ‘Telecom’ Category

BSNL to offer voice, cable TV, broadband on one line

April 9, 2007

 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will offer voice, cable TV and Internet services on a single line, the Triple Play, by the later half of this year. The move will not only boost the BSNL’s revenues but also enable it to match private operators in providing quality offerings.

The operator hopes to generate a new revenue source, as the growth of its fixed-line revenues remain stagnant. The BSNL plans multi-service broadband access network for Triple Play services.


BSNL, Defence, Space asked to vacate spectrum by ’07

September 28, 2006

Finally we are going to experience next generation Mobile facilities.

Read Economic Times News

Wireless Binds Tibetan Exiles

September 28, 2006

Mordern approach from an ordinary village in Dharmsala

Read the report in Wired magazine

Asianet on Reliance Mobile

August 13, 2006

Reliance Communications has tied up with Asianet to provide news and other programmes aired by the channel on mobile phones. The Hindu reports.

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Mobile entertainment market expected to touch USD 5 bn

July 15, 2006

New Delhi, July. 7: : Mobile entertainment is set to become a five billion dollar business industry in India in the next two years, telecom experts said here today.

“The Value added services market in India is growing very rapidly. Industry should add more innovations in this area to cater to its demands,” BSNL Director Finance S D Saxena said at the second international conference on Value Added Services (VAS).

VAS could become a major revenue earning services for the telecom industry, he said adding, for new innovations operators and content providers could look into the possibility of “Cultural marketing”, which includes providing matrimonial service, religious chants among others on mobile phones.

The mobile entertainment market in India is expected to touch five billion dollar in the coming two years, according to industry experts.

DoT Member, Services, Arun Kumar Saxena said the department is keen to encourage VAS, like mobile TV and 3G services, which has huge demand across the country specially in rural areas.

“The major opportunity exists in development of applications for mobile phones on a large scale. Qualcomm is providing laboratory facilities for small Indian developers to work on developing such applications on BREW platform of CDMA technology,” Qualcomm President India and SAARC Kanwalinder Singh said.

Contextual applications would become the next big thing in VAS, where advertisers could project their message in an entertainment video at the right moment to gain maximum impact on the consumer, he said.


Tinfo Mobile Wins Reliance Application Contest For An M-literacy App

July 8, 2006

06 Jul 2006:Tinfo Mobile, a Thiruvananthapuram-based mobile content company, seems to be doing some “good” work. They have won the Reliance National Mobile Applications Development contest for the second time. This time, they have developed an application called TeachMe Akshara – which essentially seeks to remove illiteracy using mobile phone. TeachMe has been developed on Tinfo Mobile’s proprietary ‘VectorDraw’ engine that enables portability of any language.

They claim that theirs is the first vernacular language utility that teaches the letters of a language on the mobile. I haven’t tried their application, but a small note about their application sent to me by Tinfo Mobile’s CEO Jayadev Gopalakrishnan claims that it can be used to read and write each alphabet, learn how it is pronounced, and also how the letter is used.

I think it’s a great application for India since more than half of the population is illiterate while mobile as a medium is becoming really mass. Last year, Tinfo Mobile developed ‘All Minder’, an application that helps the visually-impaired ‘hear’ SMS and missed calls (perhaps the world’s first CSR programme for the visually-impaired in the mobile medium). It’s good to see such “socially responsible” applications from the mobile content industry once in a while.


Nielsen to track TV viewing on Web, mobile phones

June 18, 2006

LOS ANGELES – Television audience tracker Nielsen Media Research on Wednesday unveiled wide ranging plans to expand its coverage to the Internet, mobile phones and other gadgets as it adapts to rapidly changing ways people view TV programs.

The move by Nielsen and sister company Netratings, upon whose research TV networks, Web sites and advertisers rely for setting advertising rates, could bring major changes to the TV industry as people increasingly watch shows outside the home or on computer, mobile devices and cell phones.

The new testing, which also looks at viewership in restaurants and expands the use of electronic metering to smaller TV markets, could also dramatically change the way viewership figures are tallied and might result in major shifts in the way advertising dollars are spent and received.

The new plan by Nielsen, which is owned by information provider VNU, is called Anytime Anywhere Media Measurement, or A2/M2. It will roll out over the next several years, starting with test programs as soon as this summer.

"A2/M2 is the result of extensive consultation with clients, who told us clearly that we should 'follow the video' and deliver integrated measurement of all television-like content regardless of (the delivery) platform," Nielsen Media Research chief executive Susan Whiting said in a statement.

Nielsen is unrivaled in the United States for its scope of TV viewership research, and it counts all major U.S. networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, as its clients. Nielsen and VNU own the majority of Web traffic tracker NetRatings Inc, and their venture Nielsen/NetRatings is supplying Internet data.

As soon as next year, Nielsen will be installing software on computers owned by sample audiences who now have its People Meters linked to their TVs. The goal is to create a single group that will measure combined TV and Web viewing.

Nielsen hopes to have this new system fully in homes for the 2007/2008 broadcast season, which starts in September 2007. To help launch its effort, Nielsen/Netratings will begin offering combined, or "fused," data to clients this summer.

The plan calls for Nielsen to begin metering televisions in restaurants, bars and other places people gather to watch shows. By 2011, Nielsen also hopes to have replaced paper diaries and logs in smaller cities with electronic meters.

Finally, Nielsen continues to work on devices that will measure viewership on new portable devices such as cell phones and Apple Computer Inc.'s video iPod. It expects to create a 400-person panel of iPod users by the end of 2006.

Source: Reuters

Govt favours 3G entry fee

June 18, 2006

Spectrum is scarce, must be optimally used: Maran

New Delhi: The Union Communication and IT Minister, Mr Dayanidhi Maran, on Tuesday said that the Government was in favour of putting an entry fee for third generation (3G) services. This comes a day after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued a consultation paper to discuss the pricing and allocation of 3G spectrum. Speaking at the sidelines of the GSM Association's conference to announce 2 billion mobile phones worldwide, Mr Maran said that spectrum was a scarce resource and the Government has to make some money out of it. "We want to make it very competitive and we do not want operators to sit over spectrum without using it. The Government will take a decision after TRAI comes out with its recommendations," he said.

The Finance Ministry is also in favour of such a move, though the operators are against it.

Mr Sunil Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Group, said, "To make 3G services affordable, there should be no separate entry fee for 3G. An entry price of any kind is also amortised over a period of time of the licence. That's a levy the customer does not need. India must seamlessly migrate to 3G as Bangladesh and Pakistan have done, without any entry ticket."

Global roaming ratesMr Maran also urged the GSM Association to impress upon operators across the world to bring down international roaming rates. A mobile user spends Rs 100 a minute on an average for making a call while roaming overseas. The Minister also cautioned Indian operators to carry out subscriber verification as per the process laid out before giving out a connection. The GSM Association, which has over 700 operators as members, held its board meeting in India for the first time.Two billion GSM baseThe association also announced reaching two billion GSM-based mobile subscribers across the world. India has about 80 million GSM mobile users.

Earlier during the conference Mr Craig Ehrlich, Chairman, GSM Association, said, "This is the fastest growth of technology ever witnessed. While it took just 12 years for the industry to reach the first billion connections, the second billion has been achieved in just two-and-a-half years boosted by the phenomenal take-up of mobile in emerging markets such as India and China."

[Maran's statement comes a day after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued a consultation paper (62-page paper here in pdf) to discuss the pricing and allocation of 3G spectrum. – harikrishnan]Source:

Local content key catalyst

May 30, 2006

Is the consumer IT overtaking commercial IT market in India?

The current IDC report on performance of PC market in year 2005-06 shows quite interesting developments in this industry. That the industry has registered a growth of 30% in overall PC shipments as compared to last fiscal, substantiates the huge potential India has for PCs. The fact that consumer desktops witnessed a growth of 33% vis-a-vis 14% growth in commercial desktops opens a new chapter in the evolution of the PC industry in India — signifying that PCs have started reaching the mainstream of India’s economy — the personal users. There have been several factors behind this silent change happening. And this is a combination of several factors initiated by key manufacturers such as HCL, technological changes and evolution of the digital lifestyle. In the lighter vein, some may attribute this growth to Bollywood brand ambassadors.

What one is seeing is primarily the beginning of a movement called the "IT Virtuous Cycle." A term in which there are three key factors in adoption of IT— increasing affordability, connectivity and content.

The first factor is the increasing affordability of personal computers. Combined initiatives by various players in the ecosystem saw HCL launch a PC costing less than Rs 10,000. Making the PC ownership even simpler, HCL led the way in discussions with key financial institutions to launch India's first attractive EMI based packages to customers. Today, around 20% of consumer PCs are sold through these offers. We have seen computers become more affordable and richer in features.

The second factor for PC adoption is connectivity. As per recent reports from Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), the total Internet users by end of 2005 were 3.85 crore — registering an increase of around 54% from 2004-05 statistics. Around 1 out of 8 Internet subscribers today are using broadband connection. It is estimated that by end of next two years, India’s Internet population will cross 10 crore — making India one of the most prolific Internet users across the world. We are seeing rollout of broadband connectivity across the country with telecom majors take fiber to the taluk level and further. We will see rapid adoption of wireless technologies such as WiMax that solves the hurdle of high speed last mile connectivity. PC manufacturers are tying up with service providers to offer PC bundled with broadband connectivity. Players such as HCL have already tied up with telecom vendors such as Airtel, MTNL and BSNL in this regard.

The third key factor is content or in other words the reason to buy computers. Today, both PC manufacturers as well as software developers are taking aggressive initiatives to enable PCs for multi-lingual applications.

Packages such as Multi-lingual MS Office, and other multi-lingual office automation packages being very widely available today and with the adoption of Unicode as a standard, one will have compatibility between different multi-lingual applications. These capabilities for multi-lingual support as well as development of Unicode applications will result in the evolution of local and regional language on-line content and software — thus bringing more and more customers closer to interact, learn and exchange information through computers.

We are already witnessing adoption of IT for citizen-centric services in areas like telecom, medicine, education, agri-markets and rural empowerment.

Source: Financial Express, Written by George Paul – The writer is executive VP, marketing, HCL Infosystems