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11,000 hotspots to provide free Wi-Fi across Delhi soon

In a major step to provide free Wi-Fi to residents of the capital, the expenditure finance committee (EFC) of Delhi government gave its approval to the project on Friday. The proposal is likely to be put before Delhi cabinet on Friday, following which the public works department will float tenders to invite telecom companies to provide this facility. A source said the EFC has approved the ‘hotspot’ model to provide free internet to Delhiites. Delhi government is likely to set up about 11,000 hotspots across the city where residents will be able to access the internet.

Idea is now MP & Chhattisgarh’s fastest 4G Network for uploads; as verified by Ookla®

Idea has emerged as the fastest 4G network for uploads in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, as verified by Ookla - the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. Results of 4G data speed tests done across the region have revealed that Idea 4G is the fastest network in terms of upload speed in the entire region of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

MTNL providing 728 Wi-Fi home connections to Members of Parliament: Telecom Ministry

State-owned MTNL is providing 728 high-speed Wi-Fi connections to Members of Parliament at monthly charges of Rs 2,200 as of May, the Lok Sabha was informed. "The Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have informed that as on May 25, 728 and 29 high-speed Wi-Fi Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) connections were provided to Members of Parliament (MPs), respectively,"

JioGigaFiber’s beta trials in its final stages, showing encouraging signs: Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio said that the beta trials of JioGigaFiber services is in its final stages, and early signs have been very encouraging for the company. The Mukesh Ambani-led telco said that is also rolling out enterprise services gradually across the country. "Jio has started connecting Enterprises with its next-gen connectivity solutions on the back of its extensive fiber network across the country. Beta trials of JioGigaFiber services have been very successful and the entire bouquet of smart home solutions would soon be rolled out

Vodafone is now Delhi NCR’s fastest 4G Network; gets verified by Ookla®

Vodafone has emerged as the fastest 4G network in Delhi, as verified by Ookla - the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. Results of 4G data speed tests done across the length and breadth of Delhi NCR region have revealed that Vodafone SuperNet 4G is the fastest network in Delhi NCR. Ookla’s findings which are based on analysis of multiple parameters have testified Vodafone SuperNet 4G speeds to be the highest as compared to

ACT Fibernet upgrades internet broadband plans in Chennai

ACT Fibernet (Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd.) India’s largest fiber-focused wired broadband ISP (Internet Service Provider) has upgraded the most popular internet broadband plans for its customers in Chennai. The newly upgraded plans will allow existing and new customers to enjoy faster and uninterrupted broadband speed at no additional cost. Beginning 15th July 2019, ACT Blast Promo has been upgraded from 100 Mbps to 150 Mbps speed with 1000 GB FUP limit.

Decision on Huawei's participation in 5G trials based on security and economic interests: MEA

The government will take a call on whether to allow participation of Chinese telecom giant Huawei in the 5G trials based on the country's economic and security interests, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Thursday. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said there are several companies that have shown interest in the trial for 5G services. He said that a committee set up to look into the matter has received inputs from different ministries and departments, and various stakeholders.

Airtel shuts down 3G network in Kolkata

In one of the first phase outs of 3G technology globally, Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) today announced the shutdown of its 3G network in Kolkata. Airtel mobile broadband services in city will now be available on high speed 4G. Airtel has reframed the 900 MHz band spectrum being used for 3G to further strengthen its 4G network. The Company is deploying state-of-the-art L900 technology in the 900 MHz band to complement its 4G services in the 2300 Mhz and 1800 Mhz bands.

ZTE claims secured 25 5G commercial contracts globally

Chinese telecom gear maker ZTE claimed that it has secured 25 5G commercial contracts globally and has been already committed to 5G partnerships with over 60 operators across the globe. The company said that it has made 5G its core development strategy, and is a major contributor and participant in global 5G technology research and standardization. According to IPlytics, a market intelligence tool to analyze technology trends,

Huawei asks India to take 'informed and independent decision' on 5G trials

Huawei has urged India to make an "informed and independent decision" on permitting its 5G trials in the country as the Chinese telecom giant reeled under pressure following the US ban. The US has banned Huawei, the world''s leader in telecom equipment and the number two smartphone producer, over concerns of security and Washington has been pressuring other countries to restrict the operations of the Chinese telecom firm.

Establishing digital village, addressing call drops priorities: Telecom MoS

Union Minister of State for Telecommunications Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre Thursday said setting up of 1-1.25 lakh digital villages, improving network quality and revival of BSNL and MTNL are his top priorities. "We have to set up 1-1.25 lakh digital villages this year. Second, we have to improve quality (of services) like call drops and (put in place) revival plan for BSNL and MTNL," Dhotre told reporters on sidelines of a Broadband India Forum event.

Idea has the fastest 4G upload speed in Haryana: Ookla®

Idea has been verified as the fastest 4G upload speed network in Haryana by Ookla® - the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. The average upload speeds on Idea 4G was higher than competition in Haryana for Jan to March’19 quarter. Highest 4G upload speed allows Idea customers to share videos on the network. With Idea 4G’s strong presence and highest speed, customers can now upload videos and share other rich content across all major locations in Haryana.

Airtel gives Lakshadweep its first 4G network

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, today announced the launch of its 4G services in the pristine Lakshadweep Islands. Airtel is the first mobile operator to launch high speed data services on the tropical archipelago, which is now connected to the digital superhighway. Airtel’s 4G services will enable local residents to enjoy digital services like HD quality video streaming, superfast downloads and uploads, high speeds internet browsing on Airtel’s state-of-the-art 4G network. It will also give a major boost to the local economy.

Airtel augments 4G network in Jammu & Kashmir with LTE 2100 technology

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, today said that it has further upgraded its 4G network in Jammu & Kashmir with the deployment of LTE 2100 technology that will significantly enhance the network experience for its smartphone customers. With the fast declining 3G handset base and customers upgrading to 4G smartphones, the rollout of 4G in the superior 2100 Mhz spectrum band, Airtel will now offer additional high speed data capacity for 4G and also drive a lot of voice traffic on VoLTE to serve its customers.

Modi govt pursuing bold strategies for universal Internet access by 2022: Ajit Pai

India is pursuing bold strategies to achieve the ambitious goal of universal Internet access by 2022, a top American official has said, highlighting the challenges in building broadband networks in rural areas. "I commend Prime Minister Modi and the Indian government for their ambitious goals of universal Internet access by 2022 and fixed broadband access to 50 per cent of households by 2022," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said at the India Ideas summit of US-India Business Council here on Wednesday.

Airtel upgrades 4G network in Delhi NCR, deploys LTE 900 technology to boost indoor coverage

One of the world’s leading integrated providers of telecommunication services, Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), today announced that it has further upgraded its mobile network in Delhi NCR with the deployment of LTE 900 technology on the 900 Mhz spectrum. This will add to the high speed network capacity and enhance indoor network experience for Airtel 4G smartphone customers.

TRAI's network coverage map to go live in few weeks: Sharma

TRAI hopes to go live, in a few weeks, with an all India coverage map on its site that will allow telecom subscribers to check the extent and strength of an operator's network coverage at a chosen location, a top official has said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had, last year, launched the beta version of the map on a limited scale - covering only two circles including Delhi, and has now roped in a new vendor to scale up its efforts. The previous contract was with Centre for Development of Telematics. "TRAI is preparing the coverage map of the country

Vodafone certified as Chennai & Tamil Nadu’s fastest 4G Network by Ookla®

Vodafone has been certified as the fastest 4G network in Tamil Nadu by Ookla® - the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. The typical download and upload speeds of Vodafone SuperNet 4G network is higher than competition in Tamil Nadu for the Jan to March ’19 quarter. Recognising network enhancement in the Chennai metro city as well, Ookla® has also certified Vodafone as the fastest network with upload, download speeds for the same period.

Trai chief sees new govt pushing reforms in telecom, 5G roll-out

Trai Chairman R S Sharma Thursday exuded confidence that the new government will work with "renewed vigour" to accelerate reforms in the telecom sector with sharp focus on 5G roll-out and the implementation of the new telecom policy. Sharma said it is for the government to take a call on its priorities for the sector but added that he sees an accelerated implementation of various provisions of the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP).

Vodafone Idea successfully completes radio network consolidation in Punjab

Vodafone Idea Ltd., India’s leading telecom service provider announced the successful consolidation of its radio network integration in Punjab service area. With this, Punjab is amongst the first ten circles to complete integration in the world’s largest network integration exercise which is currently underway in India. Punjab was one of the strongest markets for both Vodafone and Idea and post the integration, it has become a strong unified network.