Monday, January 19, 2015

BSNL to Strengthens Network Offering with Coriant

Coriant, a global supplier of SDN-enabled end-to-end transport solutions, announced that it has been selected by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), one of India's leading telecommunications companies, to expand its existing Managed Leased Line Network (MLLN). The Coriant™ 8100 Managed Access System will further enhance BSNL's ability to meet the increased and flexible bandwidth needs of its financial services and enterprise customers. The network expansion is part of BSNL's continued effort to support new business-critical applications and continuity strategies for its customers. BSNL's network now boasts one of the world's largest installed base of Coriant 8100 data access products. The solution series supports a wide range of technologies, traffic and media. It delivers reliable and flexible services without compromising on scalability or manageability for future network growth. The end-to-end organization of connections throughout the entire services lifecycle enables higher network reliability and lowers operating costs.
"The MLLN is the most reliable and profitable part of our business, catering primarily to the financial services industry. Network requirements in this sector are incredibly complex as they need hundreds of connections and must support rapid trading and robust disaster recovery. That meant choosing the right supplier was a business critical decision," said Mr. M Aruna Kumar, General Manager, Core Network Planning (CNP), BSNL India. "With a proven history of delivering high-quality networking solutions and world-class service and support, Coriant met all our key requirements for this network expansion initiative."
"The ever-increasing demand for greater network capacity is nowhere more apparent than in the financial services industry. Financial communications services require flexible and resilient connectivity, and always-on performance to meet mission-critical business demands," said Mikko Lavanti, Executive Vice President of Sales, Coriant. "Our 8100 Managed Access System will allow BSNL to continue to deliver reliable broadband services to its customers, while at the same time enable them to expand and seamlessly scale their high-capacity service offerings in a manageable and secure environment."
The new BSNL network will also utilize the robust capabilities of the Coriant™ 8000 Intelligent Network Manager (INM). With this single management system, the 8000 INM offers service providers full end-to-end support for commissioning and monitoring services, making service changes, and performing troubleshooting. This single overarching network manager simplifies network management and can improve profitability and competitiveness through operational efficiency.
About Coriant: Coriant, founded as an independent company in 2013, is an industry-leading supplier of dynamic metro-to-core transport solutions. We serve over 500 customers globally, including 90% of the world's top 50 service providers. Our packet optical, edge router, and Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions enable mobile and fixed line operators to reduce network complexity, increase service velocity, and improve resource utilization as transport networks scale in response to a new generation of high-bandwidth services and applications. Coriant was formed from the distinguished technology heritage and proven networking expertise of Nokia Siemens Networks Optical Networks, Tellabs, and Sycamore Networks. The company operates worldwide in more than 48 countries, with R&D centers in Asia, Germany, Portugal, Finland, Canada, and the United States, as well as a state-of-the-art production center in Berlin, Germany. Learn more at www.coriant.com.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Anupam Shrivastava appointed BSNL CMD

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on 14 January 2015 approved appointment of Anupam Shrivastava as CMD (Chairman and Managing Director) of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).  He assumed the charge as CMD, BSNL for a period of 5 years or till retirement whichever is earlier. He is having 4.5 years service for superannuation. Currently, he is serving as Director - Consumer Mobility at the BSNL. BSNL's Director Enterprises A N Rai is currently handling the additional charge of CMD.  His appointment was pending from long. The Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) had shortlisted Anupam Shrivastava for the post of CMD of BSNL in 2013. His tenure as CMD was to begin from 1 May 2013 but change in the government at the Centre delayed the decision to appoint the head of loss making PSU, BSNL.
He is a BSNL absorbed ITS officer from long time so BSNL employees expect high from him. Shrivastava as CMD BSNL will have uphill task to expedite roll out national optical fibre network, which is one of the major projects of NDA government. BSNL is working to lay about 1.6 lakh kilometres of optical fibre cable (OFC) in 408 districts covering over 81,000 village panchayats under Phase 1 of the project roll out. As per sources, the PSU has finished only laying of only 6 per cent OFC by end of 2014. Government has committed to cover 50,000 village panchayats by March 2015, another 1 lakh by March 2016 and rest of 1 lakh by December 2016 under NOFN project. Besides, Shrivastava will have to work to make the PSU profitable which has been running in losses since 2009-10. BSNL’s profits started declining continuously from Rs. 10,183 crore in 2004-05 before recording a loss in 2009-10.

Idea crosses 150 Million subscribers in India

Idea Cellular recorded over 150 million subscribers on its pan-India network as on 31st December, 2014. Idea recorded the highest growth in Net Adds in the industry, with over 21 million subscribers joining the network in the calendar year 2014. Idea’s unprecedented growth in the last five years has catapulted it to being the 6th largest operator globally, from being the 6th largest in India, in subscriber terms. Idea added nearly 100 million subscribers in the last five years to cross the 150 million subscriber milestone, recently. During this period, Idea was the only operator in India to record over 1 percentage point increase in Revenue Market Share (RMS), YoY every year. Idea has substantially increased its network capacity in the recent years. The company added 11,635 2G and 7,133 3G sites in the 12 months ending September 30th, 2014, and is consistently investing in optical fibre cable (OFC) transmission network to tap the future potential of wireless broadband needs of the growing customer base.
The company has rolled out over 87,600 km OFC network and has over 4,450 OFC PoPs (3G & 2G), across the country. The fibre backhaul network of the company optimally serves Idea’s 2G, 3G, NLD, ILD, ISP and Wireless Broadband needs. Idea has also introduced worlds’ latest high capacity 100G DWDM network technology to cater to the rising data demand. The company has consistently invested in spectrum acquisition in the 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands in the last few years, and now holds a total of 259.5 MHz of spectrum.

Vodafone offers iPhone on EMI

Vodafone India is offering entire range of Apple iPhone smartphones with 24 month EMIs along with attractive plans which combine benefits of voice , sms and data. It has introduced two new plans for iPhone models  i.e  iPhone 6K Plan and iPhone 10K Plan. There is no monthly rental for these plans apart from EMIs. Monthly EMI includes handset cost, Local/STD calls, local/national SMSes and Data. Customers can buy iPhone 4S, 5S, 5c,6 and 6 Plus on EMIs for 24 months. iPhone 6K Plan  offers 6000 Mins(Local +STD), 1500 SMS (Local +STD) and  6GB of 3G Data while iPhone 10K Plan provides 10000 Mins(Local +STD), 2500 SMS (Local +STD) and  10GB of 3G Data.
Customers can buy iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at EMI of 3599/month for 24 months and iPhone 5 at EMI of 2999, iPhone 5C at Rs 2499 and iPhone 4s at EMI of Rs 2099. These will be available at Vodafone Stores and leading smartphone retail outlets across India from 17th Jan 2015.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Airtel starts charging Extra for VoIP Calls on Viber, Skype

Bharti Airtel customers will now have to pay extra if they are making calls on Skype, Viber or other apps using their mobile data packs as the operator has decided to charge standard data rates for making voice calls over Internet (VoIP). The VoIP data will be charged separately and would not be part of the existing data packs. "All internet/data packs or plans (through which customer can avail discounted rate) shall only be valid for internet browsing and will exclude VoIP (both incoming/ outgoing). VoIP over data connectivity would be charged at standard data rates of 4p/10 KB (3G service) and 10p/10 KB (2G service)," Airtel said on its website.
It may not be surprising seeing why Airtel is keen on this move, since WhatsApp has all but replaced SMS in India, and carriers are worried VoIP services will soon do the same with voice calling as well. But whatever maybe the reason, Airtel has no right to decide how I’m using my data connection. When a subscriber has paid in full for a data pack, he or she has all the right to use it anyway they choose to. They should not be discouraged from using any particular service by levying additional charges on it. Airtel has done just that, and there is every chance that other network operators will follow in the footsteps as well.Airtel starts charging