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Broadband ICTs Internet Telecom

Reaching for the stars

If minister of state for communications and IT, Sachin Pilot, is to be believed, India will be a fully wired country pretty soon. The minister says that the Rs.17,000 crore ($3.5 billion) in the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) will be utilised to connect 626,000 villages. He says that it would entail setting up 11,000 […]

Content Telecom

Online News: A trend to watch

Even the best news sites in India seem woefully “old” when it comes to understanding the needs of their users. It is not that our brethren in the US are well-versed in the art of communicating. Here’s a good story from NYT that has pointers to what’s on online: Finding Political News Online, the Young […]

Business Telecom

BSNL is more "customer friendly”

Here’s something that should bring cheer to a very few people in this country: The state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd’s subscribers who are doing the talking. BSNL has the highest minutes of mobile usage across 10 circles, according to data collected by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. <<Read on>> technorati tags:BSNL, Telecom


GSM operators gun for Wi-Max now

After the war between proponents of GSM and CDMA technologies, there’s a new battle between technologies brewing up in the telecom sector. <<Read more>> technorati tags:Wi-Max, GSM, Telecom


Remedies for BSNL’s woes

While it is nice to hear that BSNL “appointing a consultant to suggest ways to improve its business processes”, the solution obviously cannot be found in what the familiar suspect — “One of the concerns for BSNL is its huge employee base of over 2.5 lakh.” It would be better to highlight how consistently issues […]


Bandwidth in the telecom sector

More than 50 per cent of the domestic long distance capacity available is still lying unused. The situation is worse in the international segment, where only 15 per cent of the bandwidth capacity is being currently utilised. The Hindu Businessline has a report on the situation. technorati tags:telecom, bandwidth

Business Telecom

Telcos pulling rug under ISPs

The number of Internet Service Provider (ISPs) in the country has decreased from 189 in March 2004 to 153 in March 2006 owing to the steady capturing of market share of ISPs by telecom companies. VoIP, according to Himanshu Dhomse, is one technology that’s helping ISPs fight back. The report by Dhomse in the Business […]

Ethics & Legal issues Telecom

Disconnecting unverified people

Rupesh Janve & Khomba Singh report in the Business Standard today that the DoT has asked Hutch, Airtel, Reliance, Idea, Tata and MTNL in Mumbai and Delhi and BSNL in three circles to to discontinue all connections issued without proper verification. According to  the report  “it raises the prospects of millions of mobile connections being […]