Indian telcos asked to enable social app blocks following attacks

The Indian government has asked telcos in the country to enable the blocking of social apps following a spate of vigilante attacks.

Apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook have been used to spread misinformation about individuals leading to lynchings and beatings.

In a letter seen by Reuters, the government wrote:

“You are ... requested to explore various possible options and confirm how...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Government, India, Mobile, Regulation.

India signs three MOUs with UK institutions to maximise 5G benefits

India has signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) agreements with leading UK academic institutions to hasten 5G deployment and maximise its benefits.

The UK institutions which signed the MOUs are King’s College, University of Surrey, and the University of Bristol. Academics will share their expertise and research with the Indian government-owned body C-DOT, the nation’s telecoms technology development centre.

India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Y.K. Sinha, said to reporters:

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

Vodafone merges with Idea Cellular to become India’s largest telecoms operator

Vodafone has confirmed plans to create the biggest telecoms operator in India following a “merger of equals” with Idea Cellular.

Talks of the deal, worth around $23 billion, were confirmed at the end of January. In a press release today, Vodafone confirmed the plans for its Indian subsidiary (excluding its 42% stake in Indus Towers) to progress the merger with Aditya Birla Group's Idea Cellular.

A new champion of Digital India founded with a long-term commitment and vision to bring world-class 4G...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, India, Industry, Mobile.

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.