Google close to large-scale Project Loon deployment

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Project Loon once seemed to be just another of Google's crazy experiments, but it's gone from strength-to-strength over the past couple of years and now the web giant is looking for an Indian carrier to run a full pilot service to a large number of people in the region. 

Although unconfirmed, there are...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, Google, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Rural.

Broadband forum seeks to counter Microsoft's low-cost internet

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A collective of India's top mobile carriers, the Broadband India Forum (BIF), are seeking to counter Microsoft's plan to make use of unused "white space" TV spectrum to deliver low-cost rural broadband connectivity to around 5,000 villages in the country.

The forum has raised their issue with India's telecoms secretary, Rakesh Garg, and urged him to ensure the frequencies are brought...

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Innovation, Licensing, Regulation, Rural.

Small chip harnesses White Space to solve rural coverage issues

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Google might be looking into extravagant methods of solving rural broadband coverage problems, but a small chip designed by Saankhya Labs in Bengaluru could be a more feasible solution in the short-term of connecting more people in remote communities to the rest of...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Infrastructure, Innovation, Rural.

Net Neutrality: Telcos opt-out of Facebook's Internet.org initiative

Facebook's Internet.org initiative, in principle, sounds like a fantastic idea. It would provide mobile users in developing countries with free access to certain online content which can help them to stay-in-touch, conduct business, and receive alerts for things such as natural disasters.

Indian Web and media companies CleartripNDTVNewshunt, and the Times Group have announced they are pulling out...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Developing Countries, India, Industry, Net Neutrality.

Vodafone continues India expansion with $1bn upgrade

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MNO Vodafone has been putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to network upgrades in recent times. In the UK, the network has pledged £1bn to upgrade its network in the land of her majesty and has begun to rollout initiatives such as "Open Sure Signal" which uses femtocell technology to provide coverage in rural communities.

India is set to...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: India, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Indian operators take a stand on OTT players undercutting their revenue

Telecom operators in India have challenged the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to provide a more level playing field for traditional operators against OTT players, according to reports.

According to the Economic Times of India, at a seminar organised by TRAI on “Regulatory Framework for OTT Services”, Vodafone’s TV Ramachandran said: “We want some kind...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: India, Operators, OTT Services.

NETRA is the Indian NSA’s PRISM equivalent

If you thought the United States’ NSA (National Security Agency) was the only government agency with intrusive spying measures – you’d be wrong. Perhaps not wanting to run into the same kind of fire the US has; the Indian intelligence agencies appear to be more open about their efforts.

The project, known as NETRA (Network Traffic Analysis), will detect and capture any voice traffic which could be linked to malicious activity on...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, India, Infrastructure, Security.

Nokia aims to conquer low and mid-range, but is there any chance of success?

The Nokia Asha 501 was announced at a global launch event in New Delhi earlier this week to much praise, mainly regarding the Lumia-esque differential styling, the “swipe” UI, and the price.

For anyone not familiar with the Asha line, it’s the Finnish-manufacturer’s solution to emerging markets; offering fantastic devices at extremely affordable pricing whilst being incredibly attractive.

Taking the 501 as an example of this, the device which is available in many fluorescent colours (and playful design is...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, India, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

Research shows importance of developing smartphone market

Two separate pieces of research from Nielsen and Canalys have shown how the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) market is going to explode in terms of smartphone development.

The key takeaway from the Canalys report was that China’s smartphone market is growing at such a rate that it will be nearly double the size of the US market this year, and the advice to operators is: make hay while the sun shines in emerging markets, before your competition gets there first.

Canalys predicts that China will absorb...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, India, Research, Smartphones.