Thursday, October 16, 2014

National Mobile Number Portability (MNP) by 31 March 2015

National Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is all set to go live by 31 March 2015. Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making body on telecom matters, accepted regulator Trai's recommendations on the subject and a final rollout is accepted by the end of March 2015. Starting 31 March, you can shift to any place in India and continue using your mobile phone number with any operator of your choice, with the country’s top telecom policymaking body clearing a long-pending proposal in this regard. So far, the facility of retaining the mobile number while choosing a new operator—called mobile number portability (MNP)—was available only in the same telecom circle. Using the same number in another service area would attract roaming charges. 
The national mobile number portability service is likely expected to be implemented by March 31, 2015,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a reply in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The department of telecom (DoT) has sought Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) view on additional entry fee, performance bank guarantee and financial bank guarantee to be charged from existing MNP service providers. TRAI asked the department of telecom not to make any changes in entry fee and bank guarantee of companies involved in managing MNP service due to various reasons. At present, two companies Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnection Telecom Solution, operate to provide mobile number portability service. For example, if a subscriber who uses Vodafone network in Rajasthan is moving to Bangalore and wishes to shift to BSNL, he will have to submit a unique porting code (UPC) to BSNL Karnataka. The department of telecommunications will assign a number to generate UPC by sending an SMS.

Google unveils Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google has just revealed that the next major version of Android, 5.0, will be known as Lollipop. The company describes the update as a "quantum leap forward", thanks to its revamped design and new features. Android already has an 84.7% share of global smartphone shipments, according to research company IDC. Google has long used treats as a naming scheme for its version of Android, going in alphabetical order. They include Frozen Yogurt (Froyo), Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and now Lollipop. The company on Wednesday unveiled three devices, the Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus Player streaming-media box, which will be the first products to run on Lollipop. The Android 5.0 SDK is going to be available on Friday, October 17th, which means everything is slowly, and sweetly falling into place ahead of next month.
Some of feature with Lollipop inlucdes, your tablet shows your inbox alongside the message you have open, while your watch shows new emails as they arrive. For fewer worries and disruptions, adjust your settings so only certain people and notifications get through. When it's important, respond directly from your lockscreen.
Power for the long haul with a battery saver feature that extends your device by up to 90 minutes. And now it's easier to manage your power usage - see the estimated time left before you need to charge, and when you're charging, approximately how much time until it's topped up and ready to go. Share your device securely with guest user mode. Or create multiple user accounts to enable friends to log in on your device. In either case, no one will be able to access any of your stuff. 

Facebook, WhatsApp, OTT players must be taxed: Vodafone

Vodafone is the latest to join demands for government intervention to create a level-playing field with over the top(OTT) players such as WhatsApp, Viber, Hike and Facebook. Raising concern over the growth of OTT players, Vodafone India MD and CEO Marten Piters  said: "We should make sure that there is a level-playing field. We (operators) have to pay taxes, license fee and have to share revenue (with the government). The other guys have a complete free ride." The new development comes amid the ongoing tussle between telecom operators and over the top players. The telecom operators have complained that the OTT players are reaping profits using their network and not sharing revenues with them. The telecom regulator TRAI is already looking into the matter. "The telecom service providers want a sort of discussion on treatment of OTT services like WhatsApp, Skype and others, which are actually cutting into their revenue," TRAI secretary Sudhir Gupta said.  India is believed to be the second-biggest market for Facebook (after the US) with a subscriber base of close to 100 million, while WhatsApp accounts for nearly 60 million user base. Other OTT players like Hike messenger service are also growing rapidly. The Vodafone chief also rued the fact that mobile operators were made answerable on sensitive matters for many of the services offered by the OTT players. 
Vodafone India 11000 Crore Tax Case: On 17 February 2012, Govt of India moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its verdict holding that the Indian Income Tax Department does not have jurisdiction to impose Rs.11,000 crore as tax on the overseas deal between Vodafone and Hutchison. On 20 March 2012, SC dismissed the review petition during an in-chamber proceeding saying the petition has no merit. The crux of the dispute had been whether or not the Indian Income Tax Department has jurisdiction over the transaction. Vodafone had maintained from the outset that it is not liable to pay tax in India; and even if tax were somehow payable, then it should be Hutchison to bear the tax liability.

CYFY 2014 from 15-17 October in Delhi

The India Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance begins at New Delhi’s Oberoi Hotel (Zakir Hussain Marg), on October 15-17, 2014. Cyfy 2014 is India’s most dynamic platform to engage and discuss cyber issues with the world.  Notable experts on cyber issues joining us at the conference from many around the world, including, India, USA, Australia, Japan, China, UK, the Netherlands, Israel, Egypt; and representing organizations as diverse as ICANN, UN-CTED, Interpol, NATO, Symantec, Microsoft, World Economic Forum.
UK’s Secretary of State Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javed and The Netherlands Special Envoy for the Cyberspace Conference of 2015, Dr Uri Rosenthal will also be speaking at Cyfy. For registration details visit: http://cyfy.org/event/cyfy-2014/

Airtel, Reliance Telephone Directory ONLINE

Airtel and Reliance have finally published their online telephone directories for general public inline with state run telecom PSU Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), which offers Online and Printed telephone directory. Airtel directory search enables visitors to search address by telephone number and vice verse. The Airtel directory search website also offers facility of de-listing of particular telephone number. Similarly, Reliance Communications have published their wireline directory page where various search options are available.

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