India Has More Gigabit Internet Users Than China


Though China is the world’s largest internet market with more than 750 million users, more than double that of India, in terms of high speed broadband, India has more Gigabit internet users than China.

India has a total of 9.5 million Gigabit internet users or those who use broadband speed of more than 1000 Mbps compared to China’s 7.9 million such users. In terms of population coverage, India’s Gigabit internet users represent 0.7% of the country where as the same for China is at 0.5%.

The top three broadband providers that offer internet at Gbps speed in India are Spectranet with 6 million customers, ACT Fibernet with 3 million customers and Hayai Broadband with 10,000 customers, according to Viavi Gigabit Monitor.

This data is revealed by test and measurement company Viavi’s upgraded Gigabit Monitor portal that tracks the world’s Gigabit internet users as well as the service providers.

According to this portal 219 million people globally now have gigabit internet available to them, representing roughly 3 percent of the global population. There are currently 603 gigabit internet implementations, a jump of 72 percent since June 2016.

The United States has the highest number of people with access to gigabit internet (56.4 million) with a population coverage of 17 percent. Singapore currently has the highest proportion of citizens with gigabit internet availability at 95 percent. South Korea has the second highest number of citizens with gigabit availability (46.7 million), representing 93 percent of its population.

According to its data, a total of 41 countries offer Gigabit broadband to their citizens.

Of the current gigabit installations tracked by Gigabit Monitor, unsurprisingly, 91 percent are based on fiber – with cellular connections accounting for 3.65 percent, HFC accounting for 5.26 percent, and WiFi making up less than 1 percent. However, with many launches of gigabit LTE and 5G expected in the near future, the scale of cellular gigabit connectivity is expected to change significantly. This is reflected in Viavi’s State of 5G Trials, which shows that 25 mobile operators are currently lab-testing 5G, with 12 of those reporting that they have progressed to field trial.

The Gigabit Monitor is a web-based tool intended to showcase the state-of-play of gigabit internet provision across the world, based on publicly available data. The new Gigabit Monitor has been upgraded to display dynamically updated infographics showing the current state of gigabit internet provision in all 41 countries where it is available. Each country’s profile displays the estimated population coverage, global ranking, gigabit launches over time and a listing of local gigabit providers.

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Konkan Railway Opens Free WiFI Facility At 28 Stations


Konkan Railway that connects Maharashtra to Karnataka has started offering free wifi services at 28 stations across the route. This free wifi service was inaugurated by Railways minister Suresh Prabhu on 21 May from Kudal Railway station.

The free wifi facility has been set up by Mumbai based ISP Syscon/Joister. Indian Railways has tied up with the ISP to offer wifi with 2 Mbps data speed  and will be offered completely free.

In line with Government’s Digital India Initiative, Syscon/Joister are providing the JoiSpot brand wifi in Pune & Mumbai educational institutes in Maharashtra state and have now undertaken as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity of providing free wifi bandwidth to the rural area on the Konkan route.

JoiSpot free wifi mobile app provides 2 mbps high speed Wireless internet with unlimited uploads.

Unlimited free wifi facility will be provided at 28 stations from Kolad to Madure in the initial phase with a peer to peer speed of 2 Mbps. The system can provide access to about 300 users at bigger stations and about 100 users at smaller stations.

This facility will help travelling public, commutes & tourists on Indian Railways to access essential information and they could use their time productively while waiting for trains at railway stations. This initiative of corporation is a steps towards making a smarter India.

Konkan Railway always believes in providing better passenger amenities to its passengers for their comfortable journey.

The free wifi Internet bandwidth is provided at the following Railway stations of Konkan Railway.
The stations are Kolad, Mangaon,Veer,Karanjadi, Vinhere, Diwankhavati, Khed, Anjani, Chiplun, Kamthe, Sawarda, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar, Ukshi, Bhoke, Ratnagiri, Nivasar, Adavali, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi Road and Madure⁠⁠⁠⁠,

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Airtel Broadband Offers 100% More Data For Same Price


Country’s largest telecom player Bharti Airtel today upgraded its broadband plans and announced to offer 100% more data at the existing data plans. It is applicable across the operators home broadband plans.

For instance, the Rs.899 plan in Delhi now offers 60 GB high speed data compared to 30 GB earlier, while the Rs.1099 plan will now offer 90 GB of high speed data compared to 50 GB earlier. The Rs.1299 plan now offers 125 GB compared to 75 GB and the Rs.1499 plan offers 160 GB compared to 100 GB.

Airtel said existing customers will be upgraded to the new benefits automatically within the current bill cycle while new customers can choose from a host of plans that offer great value backed by best-in-class high speed broadband experience.

The operator said there is a huge demand for data consumption at homes for customers looking to stream HD/4K content, download heavy file across a variety of connected devices like smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs, Internet TV solutions, and security solutions etc.

It also said Fixed broadband (Wi-Fi) continues to be the preferred mode of high speed data delivery given its consistent speeds and in the near future will also enable the IoT play for homes with connected appliances and much more.

“To serve this growing demand and enable a seamless high speed data experience in a multi-device environment, Airtel has built a future ready network and introduced ‘V-Fiber’ that delivers consistently superfast broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps to homes. The ‘V-Fiber’ high speed broadband experience is available to customers within the same plan rentals and requires only a quick modem switch,” the company said in a statement.

“Our new plans are aimed at putting India onto the digital superhighway and complement our superfast broadband offerings like ‘V-Fiber’. At Airtel, our mission is to enable a superior digital experience and offer great value to our customers. Our customers can now add to their online experience with exciting speeds backed by unmatched service reliability. We believe these new plans will also drive the adoption of high speed broadband in the country,” said Hemanth Kumar Guruswamy, CEO – Homes, Bharti Airtel.

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BSNL To Provide BharatNet Broadband To Rural Post Offices


State run telecom operator BSNL will offer high speed broadband services to post offices in rural areas using BharatNet, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said today.

All three parties – BSNL, Department of Posts and BBNL – have signed a tripartite agreement to make this happen.

The MoU signed under the chairmanship of Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha is the first tri-partite agreement to provide broadband connectivity to about 1.3 lakh, post offices in rural areas and 25,000 sub-post offices for high speed internet connectivity to the rural masses.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sinha said that the first phase of connecting about one lakh Gram Panchayats is nearing its completion and in the remaining one and a half lakh Gram Panchayats 100 mbps broadband connectivity will be completed by December, 2018.

The Minister also said that BharatNet is one of the 9 pillars of realising the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India.

He said that provision of citizen services is the focus of BharatNet and in the agreement signed today, BSNL is the service provider, that would provide broadband services, the cost of setting up of infrastructure and the operational expenses would be paid by the Department of Posts. Since the BharatNet is the National Network, BBNL would facilitate and coordinate this entire operation. In future, MoUs with other Government Departments are also proposed to be signed.

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UTStarcom To Expand Its Footprint In India


Telecom equipment firm UTStarcom today announced its plan to increase its investment in India at the event ‘Next Gen Innovation Summit 2017- and Beyond!’.

While speaking at the event Tim Ti, Chief Executive Officer, UTStarcom Inc. said, “We have been committed to the Indian communications industry and have been making the required investments in India. The Company would be increasing its investment in India so as to further consolidate its presence in the Indian telecom infrastructure market.”

The Company would be making investments in setting up its local manufacturing and R&D. Further investments will be used in increasing its equipment portfolio and scaling up its manpower in India.

“Besides focusing on increasing the equipment portfolio, we have decided to localize the ‘optical transport and broadband solutions for Indian market,” said Dr. Zhaochen Huang, Chief Operating Officer, UTStarcom Inc.

While giving his keynote address on the future of broadband and Digital India, Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman & Managing Director, BSNL said, “BSNL together with its technology partners will play an important role in Digital India campaign launched by Government of India.”

The summit showcased UTStarcom’s next generation solutions and demonstrated their full range of next generation solutions, like SDN, NG –PTN, SyncRing, Carrier Grade Wi-Fi solution, IMS platform and NGN Access.

Rahul Pandey, Managing Director- Sales & Marketing, UTStarcom India said, “We are honoured to be associated with our Indian telecom operators and providing them with cutting edge and cost efficient solutions. We are doing our bit to ensure our contribution towards Digital India, Smart Cities and Make in India initiatives of the Government of India.”

Recently, UTStarcom India has supplied access points for hotspots and data off-load across North and East India. UTStarcom has played a vital role in NGN project with BSNL. The Company has upgraded BSNL network to offer next generation multimedia services to its customers, which entailed migrating existing PSTN/ISDN customers to Next Generation Network (NGN) to enable supplementary services using Internet Protocol (IP) along with basic telephony.

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Jio To Launch Its FTTH Service Jio Fiber With Minimum 100 Mbps Speed In June


After completely shaken up the mobile broadband space in the country, Reliance Jio is all set to storm your homes with its latest offering -FTTH. And the company is going to launch its FTTH service, Jio Fiber, in June this year, a company source revealed.

“We are doing some trials in various cities and most trials are successful and ready for commercial roll out,” said the source wishing not to be named.

When asked when can we have this at our homes, the executive said it could be a reality in next two months.

“By June you will see some development in your city,” he added.

The executive said the services planned to be offered on Jio Fibre will be like no other.

“The minimum speed one will get is 100 Mbps. Our plans start from 100 Mbps and it will be the most affordable home broadband service that Indian consumers will ever get,” the source added.

When asked how much would be the tariff, the executive said, “you will not mind paying that.”

The company is planning to offer multiple services over the home broadband services on its Jio Fiber plan.

“For example, it will be having a smart calling feature. What it will offer is all the phones in your home will get virtually connected. Means, if you got a call on the landline, you can receive it on your mobile and vice versa,” the executive explained.

However, the source clarified that the virtual merger of phones is a service that one could opt for if he or she wants, and not a default service.

The company is also planning to come up with multiple solutions as ‘packages’ for its customers, like home automation, surveillance and security among others.

Besides, the Jio Fiber will also come with solutions to make your home automated. The electronic appliances of a home can be regulated and monitored using some smart devices that will come with Jio Fiber and the customer, if wants, can connect his entire to its FTTH network and control that from his smartphone.

This will be the first case of deployment of IoT technology at homes in a mass scale, the executive stated.

Jio yesterday had said about the company’s FTTH plans during its year end financial results announcement.

“The Company continues to make progress on the roll-out of its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) business offering with beta trials initiated in a few locations. It would expand the scope of the beta trials over the next few months,” it had said yesterday.


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