Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TRAI reiterates its proposals on spectrum auction

Telecom regulator TRAI on Monday said it stands by its proposals, including spectrum reserve price, taking back airwaves from BSNL, swapping 2100 MHz with defence forces and increasing supply of radiowaves. The Department of Telecom (DoT) had sought clarifications from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on its recommendations regarding pricing and valuation of 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz airwaves. "After considering the comments given by DoT, the Authority has furnished its response to the government. The Authority has reiterated its earlier recommendations with detailed reasoning," TRAI said in a statement.
The regulator said it will reply separately to specific DoT queries on 800 Mhz band auction. It, however, reiterated its stand on adoption of E-GSM for efficient utilisation of spectrum in this band. TRAI said more than a year has passed since September 2013 when it had recommended that adoption of E-GSM should be explored in a time-bound manner and spectrum in 800 MHz band has not been auctioned till date. TRAI had suggested about 10 per cent higher base price than what was received in February auction. The next round of spectrum auction is proposed to be held in February 2015 from which government is estimated to garner at least Rs 9,355 crore. Most of the spectrum which is proposed to be put up for sale is being used by Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications across various parts of the country. The regulator reiterated its recommendation to take back 1.2 Mhz of 900 Mhz spectrum from BSNL, utilising idle 1800 MHz spectrum in the Defence band and vacating spectrum held in excess of 20 MHz by Defence in 1800 MHz band.

Xiaomi launches Redmi Note

Xiaomi has launched two new smartphones; the Redmi Note and the Redmi Note 4G in India. The Xiaomi Redmi Note is priced at Rs. 8,999, while its 4G LTE variant, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G has an attractive price of Rs. 9,999. The Redmi Note is equipped by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor with 3G HSPA+ connectivity and the Redmi Note 4G is equipped with a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 4G LTE (TDD-2300 MHz & FDD-1800 MHz) connectivity. Both the smartphones feature a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display, 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel primary camera, 5-megapixel secondary camera, and a 3,100 mAh battery. The Redmi Note runs MIUI on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while the Redmi Note 4G runs MIUI with Android 4.4 KitKat. You should note that unlike the Redmi Note, which has two SIM card slots, the Redmi Note 4G has only one SIM card slot. The Xiaomi Redmi Note will be available starting December from Flipkart and the registrations to buy the device on the 2nd of December will be accepted starting tomorrow. Xiaomi has partnered with Airtel to sell the Redmi Note 4G through its own stores and the registrations to buy the 4G LTE variant will start during mid-December.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Airtel launches‘One Touch Internet’

Bharti Airtel , the market leader in Indian telecom industry, has launched its latest marketing initiative ‘One Touch Internet’ to encourage first time users to try and buy Internet services on mobile. Airtel’s One Touch Internet creates a platform for such customers to try and buy popular internet services with free trial packs, attractive pricing packs and video tutorials. Airtel’s ‘One Touch Internet’ is a basically WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) portal that has been designed with a simple, secure and intuitive interface which will allow first-time users to discover the internet easily and help them overcome common perception barriers around the mobile data experience. Now available for prepaid mobile customers on Airtel – ‘One Touch Internet’ will work as a single point destination for uninitiated internet users to see-try-buy a host of popular services (including social networking, videos, online shopping and travel bookings) through *free tutorial videos and trial packs – all with just one touch. Airtel has launched this initiative in English and Hindi languages which will be extended in eight other languages. Airtel prepaid customers can call 111 or visit www.one.airtel.in to access these offers on their mobile.

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.