Sunday, April 26, 2015

Nepal Earthquake: BSNL, Airtel to charge Local rate, free calls to nepal

As a massive earthquake rocked Nepal, state-run BSNL and MTNL decided to charge local rates for calls made to the Nepal for the next three days while Airtel announced free calls to Nepal on its network over the next 48 hours. The move from Airtel came within couple of hours after public sector firm BSNL announced it will charge all calls made from its network to Nepal as per local rates for the next three days. The normal charge for a call to Nepal from BSNL network costs a consumer Rs 7-10 per minute but now BSNL customers would be billed for calls made to Nepal as per the local call rates they had opted for themselves.
Another public sector firm MTNL, which operates in Delhi and Mumbai, also announced a similar plan. “We have decided to make all calls local for next three days starting this midnight which is April 26 onward,” MTNL Director for Human Resource and Technical Sunil Kumar said. “All calls that will be made from BSNL network will be charged as per local call rates for next three days,” said BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava. “People have opted for different kind of plans. Those who have opted for per second billing plan will be charged as per their plan and those who have opted for per minute calling will be charged on per minute basis. So, now they can make calls to Nepal for about one paisa per second or Re1/minute,” Shrivastava said. A decision to cut call rates was taken following a meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and with approval of Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The move is aimed at enabling Indians to connect with their near and dear ones in Nepal.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Flipkart says NO to Airtel Zero after Net Neutrality Protests

After facing significant backlash on its plans to join Airtel's net neutrality violating service Airtel Zero, e-commerce major Flipkart has pulled out of the service. "We are committed to the larger cause of net neutrality," Flipkart said in a statement.  Over the past few days, there has been a great amount of debate, both internally and externally, on the topic of zero rating, and we have a deeper understanding of the implications, said a press release from the company. "We will be walking away from the ongoing discussions with Airtel for their platform Airtel Zero," the release said. Committing itself to the "larger cause of Net Neutrality," the company said it will be working towards ensuring that the spirit of net neutrality is upheld and applied equally to all companies in India irrespective of the size or the service being offered and there is absolutely no discrimination whatsoever.
Flipkart said in a statement on Tuesday that it will be walking away from "ongoing discussions with Airtel for their platform Airtel Zero". Ever since the first reports about Flipkart joining Airtel Zero, users have reacted strongly, and the backlash has seen the app being given 1-star ratings on app stores. Airtel's Zero platform asks partners or content providers to pay for the data consumed by users of the app. That means that smaller companies, for example, who cannot afford those costs, would be left out of the mix. Airtel has denied this, with Bharti Airtel director for consumer business Srini Gopalan saying, "First and most important point, Airtel Zero is 'free' for all our consumers and open to all marketers. Yes, open to all big or small... Since we announced Airtel Zero on April 6, over 150 startups, with a majority being small startups - have contacted to enquire about the product."

Monday, April 13, 2015

BSNL Landline offers Unlimited FREE Calls without STV

State run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) offers Unlimited FREE Calling on Land-line Phones across India from 9 PM to 7 AM across India without STV. BSNL's move to offers Unlimited FREE Calling is most aggressive plan ever on fixed lines to revive the loss making landline services and dipping market share. As per internal release, this step has been taken to popularize its landline services on PAN India basis. Under new plans now BSNL landline users can make free calls on any mobile and landline phone of any Mobile service providers across India during night hours i.e. 9 PM to 7 AM. However there are 5-10% increase in monthly rental but that was compensated though offering more FREE calls on other network.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WhatsApp Free Calling not for you !!!

WhatsApp launches Free voice calling for everyone. However, the activation didn’t really go through for several users and it requires update. However, today, users in India have started receiving the WhatsApp voice feature without the need for any invite. If you’ve still haven’t got the WhatApp voice feature activated , then here’s what you need to do. Firstly, download version 2.11.528 from the Play Store or version 2.11.531 from the WhatsApp website. Once you have the latest version, voice-calling ability can be activated by receiving a call from someone whose voice-calling is already activated. The WhatsApp voice calling feature is available only for Android, and is expected to make its way to iOS users soon.
WhatsApp calling allow users to call other WhatsApp users for free. However, a minute of WhatsApp call costs around 0.15 MB to 0.20 MB of 3G data This means a 5-minute call costs around 1MB of 3G data. The call quality on 3G networks is decent but on 2G, there is a considerable amount of lag. Also, on 2G, a minute of WhatsApp call costs around 0.35MB which is surprisingly higher than 3G. Without mobile internet plans, the standard data rates for most operators are 4p /10 KB (3G) and 10p / 10 KB (2G). This roughly translates to Re 1 per minute of WhatsApp call on 3G and Rs 2.50 per minute on 2G network. So now comes the billion dollar question is really WhatsApp Free voice calling FREE on your Pocket. However if you are using whatsapp on unlimited Wi-fi plan than its made for you.

Friday, March 13, 2015

BSNL launches NGN services in Bangalore

State-owned telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) launches Next Generation Network (NGN) technology in its fixed line telephony and plans to invest around Rs.1,000 crore in upgrading the time-division multiplexing (TDM) technology, a statement said on Friday. NGN technology will provide both fixed line and broadband from same telephone exchange. "At present, BSNL plans to convert 14 million telephone lines with NGN technology. This is expected to cover more than 80 percent urban customers and approximately 90 percent rural customers," the statement said. "However, it is expected that entire fixed line customers will have NGN facility by December, 2017. Initially, BSNL plans to invest approximately Rs.1,000 crore in upgrading the TDM technology with NGN technology," it added. The voice call on this new technology will be made available at the same rate at which the fixed telephone is made available by BSNL as on date. However, BSNL would like to charge something extra for video calls. Introduction of this technology will help India to achieve Digital India & Make in India project, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said during the launch.
Minister also expressed hope that NGN may also help expansion of Jan Dhan Yojana, which has already seen a great success from the day it has been launched by Prime Minister of India. Secretary (Telecom) & Chairman Telecom Commission DoT Rakesh Garg,  Special Secretary (T) DOT Rita Teaotia ,  CMD BSNL Anupam Image result for BSNLShrivastava, and  Director (CFA & CM) BSNL N.K. Gupta also spoke on the occasion. BSNL has more than 36000 telephone exchanges out of which more than 28000 are in rural areas.  These exchanges are working on TDM switching technology which provides voice only. Separate gateways are required to inter-connect existing TDM switches with IP Network and mobile switching technology.  NGN technology will provide both fixed line and broadband from same telephone exchange.