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GSM telcos seek monopoly in 4G space: Ambani brothers

GSM telcos seek monopoly in 4G space: Ambani brothers The shadow warfare between the Ambani brothers and the Big 3 of GSM - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular - for grabbing higher revenue-generating data customers is getting uglier by the day. The subject: holding limits and pricing of precious 800 MHz or 'CDMA' spectrum that can be used for 4G services. In similarly-themed second set of letters to telecom secretary Rakesh Garg, dated September 30, Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm and brother Anil's Reliance Communications have accused India's top three GSM carriers of using Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) as a platform to "skew market competition and continue the monopoly of a select few members in the 4G space".

ET has seen these letters, as well as a similar one by pure-play CDMA operator Sistema Shyam, which backs RCom and Jio. Jio and RCom said COAI was trying to stonewall operators' efforts to "liberalise their existing 800 MHz holdings" by citing "ridiculous issues" to drive up the cost of such spectrum liberalisation and "make it financially unviable for the operators". An operator needs to pay a market-linked price, or winning price at the latest auction, to liberalise and use airwaves acquired without auctions to offer 4G services. (Source: Economic Times)

Hotspot 2.0 deployment for Wi-Fi coverage by telecoms remains slow

Hotspot 2.0 deployment for Wi-Fi coverage by telecoms remains slowThe deployment of Hotspot 2.0 for Wi-Fi coverage by telecom network operators remains slow, said ABI Research. The telecom market research agency said at least 6 million public locations will support Hotspot 2.0 features in 2020. Mobile operators are increasingly relying on Wi-Fi networks, both directly and indirectly, to support their businesses. The research report said telecom operators lack the tools to generate revenue streams from Hotspot 2.0 that can enhance the user experience and attract more engagement.

“Hotspot 2.0 will evolve to allow operators higher flexibility for supporting different policies, which in turn, will encourage implementation of innovative business models, and ultimately wider market adoption,” said Ahmed Ali, research analyst at ABI Research. The growing demand for IMS-enabled Wi-Fi calling has boosted the confidence in Wi-Fi voice capability, the report said. There will be larger role for Wi-Fi technologies in 4G and 5G networks. Apple has sold 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones that feature Wi-Fi calling. (Source: Telecom Lead)

Telecom ministry grants ISP licence to Tamil Nadu

Telecom ministry grants ISP licence to Tamil Nadu The Telecom Ministry has issued the Internet Service Provider license to the Tamil Nadu government for providing broadband and internet services, a top official of Arasu Cable Television said. "Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable Television Ltd along with local cable operators would implement the broadband and internet service across the state. The Telecom Ministry has issued the Internet Service Provier license to TACTV.", Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV, Managing Director, J Kumaragurubaran said. "With the grant of license, local cable operators interested in providing the service should register through TACTV website" he said in an official release.

"With the grant of license, local cable operators interested in providing the service should register through TACTV website" he said in an official release. With the grant of license, the government would provide broadband and internet services through Arasu Cable TV as envisioned by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. Jayalalithaa had last month announced in the Assembly that the Arasu Cable Television would provide Internet Protocol Television services at cheaper rates to the people. (Source: Economic Times)

When an Indian owned for a minute

When an Indian owned for a minuteSanmay Ved, a former Google employee on September 29 ended up purchasing and owning through Google domains. Although the purchase lasted only for a minute, Ved explained the entire story of how he purchased in hisLinkedIn post. According to his post, he was learning about the Google Domains interface and he got access to Google when he searched for domains after typing Not only that, he was even able to complete the transaction using his credit card where he bought the domain in $12. After the transaction, he even received two emails which is generally sent after booking domains.

Furthermore, he states in his post that his Google Search was auto updated with webmaster related messages for domain. "Additionally, I started receiving notifications, for when ownership changed along with new ownership details in the Google search console for websites that are powered by Google sites. Quite clearly, ownership had been granted to me. Order was successful", stated his post. He also mentioned in his post that the domain shows currently unavailable and Google has acknowledged the incident when he reported to Google Security about it. (Source: DNA)

Government allows sharing of all present, future mobile spectrum

Government allows sharing of all present, future mobile spectrum The government has allowed sharing of all spectrum available at present, and similar norms will apply to radiowave frequencies in new bands which will be allocated in future. The guidelines issued by the government allow telecom operators to share even traded spectrum, which means a company can sell the right to use spectrum to other company and later share the same spectrum. "All access spectrum, including traded spectrum, shall be sharable provided both licensees are having spectrum in the same band," the guidelines issued by the Department of Telecom said. Access spectrum is airwaves used for transmitting wireless signals on mobile devices from mobile towers.

The spectrum sharing rules were approved by the Cabinet on August 12.
The guidelines will help in effective utilisation of the airwaves, reduce call drops and improve quality of calls as a company which has less number of customers in a circle can share it with another that has large number of subscribers under a business agreement.
"Furthermore, if more bands such as 700 Mhz are added for allocation of spectrum to access service providers through an auction process, the sharing of spectrum shall also be permitted in that band," the guidelines stated.

The spectrum sharing is allowed only among two telecom operators in the same frequency band within the same telecom circle.
At present, 2G services are being provided in 900 Mhz and 1800 Mhz, CDMA in 800 Mhz, 3G in 2100 Mhz and 4G in 2300 Mhz bands. With technological advancement, telecom operators are considering using 1800 Mhz and 800 Mhz bands for 4G services and 900 Mhz for 3G service.

The guidelines have clarified that only spectrum procured at market-determined rates or through auction can be shared.
However, in the case of Sistema Shyam Teleservices, which acquired 800 Mhz spectrum in the auction held in March 2013, will have to pay differential of the latest auction price and March 2013 one on a pro-rata basis before it starts sharing frequencies.
The statement issued on the Cabinet decision said spectrum sharing will be allowed "where both sharing entities are having administratively allotted spectrum" which means spectrum is allocated to companies without auction.

The guidelines have clarified that in the case of telecom operators holding administratively allocated spectrum want to share their spectrum, then they will need to pay one-time spectrum charge demanded by DoT. (Source:

Telcos like Vodafone, Telenor tend to women staff working in rural areas

Telcos like Vodafone, Telenor tend to women staff working in rural areas Telcos like Vodafone and Telenor are sending an increasing number of female employees to rural areas to sell their services to village women who are socially forbidden from talking to men, and they are walking an extra mile to keep these women staff comfortable. Vodafone India's latest initiative is to have its distributors establish toilets at every 30 kilometres to be used particularly by its women staff engaged in acquiring customers in rural India. Ashok Ramachnadran, outgoing human resources director at Vodafone India, these toilets are not part of the company's corporate social responsibility initiatives.

"This simply is the perfect example of care to our employees," said Ramachandran who is currently serving his notice period and is set to join the Aditya Birla group later this year. Women in the hinterlands, who in many parts of the country cannot deal with salesmen due to social norms, perhaps make up the largest group not yet using mobile phones in the country. India's mobile phone user base was just short of one billion mark as of June end. (source: Economic Times)

Anritsu Enhances O/E Modules for VectorStar VNA Family to Address Optoelectronic Device Testing up to 110 GHz

Anritsu-New Solution Serves as Economical Alternative for Verifying 56 Gb/s Components and Receivers During R&D and Manufacturing -
Anritsu Company enhances its MN4765B series of O/E modules for the MS4640B VectorStar® Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) family that creates a cost-effective and flexible solution for measuring 56 Gb/s components and transceivers used in telecommunications and data communications applications. The MN4765B module, combined with the MS4640B VNA, provides a simplified approach for optoelectronic measurements and is an economical alternative to conventional total-system approaches currently used in R&D and manufacturing environments.

Magnitude and phase characterization is acquired using a primary standard characterized by NIST and conducted in the Anritsu calibration lab. The result is improved measurement uncertainty when the MN4765B is used with VectorStar across the wide frequency range of the VNA. With the MN4765B module, the MS4640B can conduct highly accurate, traceable corrected transfer function, group delay, and return loss measurements of E/O and O/E components and subsystems.

The MN4765B optical modules are designed with an InGaAs photodiode that converts modulated optical signals to electrical signals. The photodiode has exceptional bandwidth response to 70 GHz and 110 GHz. Additional circuitry for temperature and bias stability are also incorporated into the modules.

Broadband Solution to be Available
Anritsu will also launch an option for the MN4765B that will allow the module to be used with the ME7838x series Broadband VectorStar VNA for accurate optoelectronic measurements over an industry-best 70 kHz to 110 GHz in the 1550 nm range. The broadband configuration extends the applications in which the optoelectronic solution can be used to universities and research labs. Because it uses a NIST-characterized photodiode as the primary standard, it is a superior approach to the current methods relying on a non-characterized diode resulting in uncertainties of 3-5 dB. (source: Convergence Plus Bureau)

We brought 1-mn people to web through RCOM

We brought 1-mn people to web through RCOMAs a debate rages on about the Net Neutrality and the role of Facebooks platform, the social networking giants Indian partner for this programme Reliance Communications (RCOM) today said it has brought on board one million Indians to experience internet. "We piloted this for six months in seven circles. And in six months, I am happy to share with you, we brought nearly one million people to come on the interent and experience the internet," Reliance Communications Consumer Business CEO Gurdeep Singh told the company shareholders here.

RCOM is Facebooks partner in India for, which is now being renamed as Free Basics. The partnership was announced in February this year. The global programme claims to be working towards getting people in developing countries like India on to the internet for free through tie-ups with telcom operators. However, concerns have been raised in some quarters about this programme being against the spirit of Net Neutrality --- the ability to access a website or internet service of choice. Those registering for the programme can access only select websites. Speaking at RCOMs Annual General Meeting here, Singh said the websites chosen as part of the programme are specially created ones which are light on data consumption.

"These are internet sites which are not normal sites. These are reduced, truncated, low on bandwidth consumption, almost negligible on the bandwidth consumption, (which is) as good as providing information offline," he said. "Facebook got in the technology, we brought in the distribution to go to market," he said, adding that the tie-up is very close to the heart of RCOM Chairman Anil Ambani. "Be it education, health, jobs, financial inclusion, travel...anything you can think of will help improve life of an individual was brought under this platform working with like-minded partners," he said. Singh added that 30 per cent of its over 100 million mobile phone subscribers are on the internet at present, and over half of these access it on the faster 3G services. (Source: India Today)

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