Airtel Brings Vectorization Technology To India, Launches V-Fiber Broadband



Adding one more firsts to its growing list Airtel Thursday launched V-Fiber broadband services in India for home broadband users. The V in V-Fiber stands for Vectorization technology, a standard that has been tested to offer one of the fastest fixed broadband speeds.

The V-Fiber broadband is being offered in Chennai in the first phase starting today and it will be launched in other cities and across the country in coming weeks, Airtel said today.

V-Fiber is based on Vectorization – Europe’s No. 1 fixed broadband technology – and will deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps on Airtel’s fixed broadband footprint in 87 cities.

The offering is open for new as well as existing home broadband customers. Airtel said existing customers do not have to worry about any kind of digging or extra wiring to upgrade their broadband subscriptionn to V-Fiber as all it requires is an upgradation of the modem.

The company also said existing customers can upgrade to ‘V-Fiber’ speeds within same plan at no extra charge and if the customer is not happy with the service the modem charges will be fully refunded  within the 1st month of service. The company also offers unlimited three month trial offer for new customers.

“India is witnessing an explosive growth in data usage and a lot of in-home data consumption is happening over fixed broadband that offers consistent speeds. Airtel has always innovated ahead of the curve and offered its customers best-in-class broadband technology and experience. With ‘V-Fiber’ and our national optic fiber backbone, we are all set to offer a future ready network for tomorrow’s digitally connected homes. This solution, besides reducing our carbon footprint, offers a very quick and convenient upgrade to the customer. We are also delighted to launch our innovative myHome Rewards and unlimited free voice calling facility for our customers,” said Ajai Puri, Director – Operations, Bharti Airtel.



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Techno Sat Comm And PING Network To Rollout Free Wi-Fi For Delhi Metro

Delhi Metro

Techno-Sat-Comm-And-PING-Network-To-Rollout-Free-Wi-Fi-For-Delhi-MetroTechno Sat Comm and PING Network is planning to rollout free Wi-Fi for Delhi Metro passengers in the second half of 2016.

Two of India’s largest multi-platform video network player will reach to Delhi Metro’s 2.75 million passengers by serving video content through free hi-speed Wi-Fi services.

DMRC has awarded Techno Sat Comm an exclusive 10 years license for providing free Wi-Fi on complete Delhi Metro Network including 222 trains, 187 stations and 250 + Km of track.

Delhi Metro passengers across the NCR region will thus be able to experience high speed broadband by just logging onto the internet via a dedicated app. The app will also intelligently display the location, approach and destination stations on a real-time basis and help navigate between different lines. This is in addition to the exclusive entertainment and city-based content that passengers can see on a real-time basis.

Techno Sat Comm already runs India’s first Wi-Fi on train service on the Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express and will use the globally acclaimed “T-Track 2.0 Wave 2 Solution”, also used on superfast rail networks like the Thalys, SNCF and NTV in Europe to deliver high speed broadband internet experience.

The Wi-Fi service will ensure a 50 Mbps minimum speed to passengers’ devices while the maximum speed could potentially go upto 1.6 Gbps as per Wave 2 standards.

“We have adapted the technology to India keeping in mind adverse weather conditions including heat, dust, heavy rains, vibration of trains and large passenger loads. We look forward to deliver a great passenger Wi-Fi and multimedia experience to fulfill DMRC’s vision to enhance passenger experience and delight,” said Nirav Dave, Techno Sat Comm.

PING, whose network comprises of channels like the popular India Food Network and BOOM and which averages 350 million views a month will be building the front-end customer interface as well as the content pipe.

Millions of passengers will be able to consume high quality HD entertainment videos, information and news that is local, timely and relevant to Delhi Metro’s passengers, particularly during peak commuting hours when the need for information will be the highest.

“The target segment we will reach through this platform is core to almost all major brands. This venture further strengthens our position as a digital network creating and owning valuable communities online and creating valuable connections for both creators and brands,” said Prashanto Das, co-founder, PING Network.

Delhi Metro Network is amongst the largest metro networks in the world with ridership touching 3.5 millions per day. With commissioning of new lines in 2016 which will also inter-connect existing lines, daily ridership is expected to jump dramatically. Delhi Metro, known for world class services and standards has now decided to enhance passenger experience by introducing free Wi-Fi and multimedia services for passengers.

Techno Sat Comm India already has significant learnings from Indian Railway’s first Wi-Fi on train pilot project on the Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express. The project was jointly executed by Techno Sat Com and 21Net UK. 21 Net will continue to provide technology support for DMRC Wi-Fi project.

“The Rajdhani Wi-Fi despite being a pilot project with lower bandwidth sees close to 250 users of the 1,000 passengers on the train at any time. Passengers use standard internet applications like email, Facebook, Google, video chat with some also using it for live cricket and football matches,” says Dave.

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Reliance Jio And Vodafone Consortium Launch BBG Submarine Cable

BBG – Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio-And-Vodafone-Consortium-Launch-BBG-Submarine-CableReliance Jio and Vodafone consortium has announced the launch of a new, state of the art 8,100 km submarine cable system, the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG).

BBG provides direct connectivity to South East Asia and the Middle East, then onward to Europe, Africa and Far East Asia through seamless interconnection with existing cable systems.

Reliance Jio owns and operates the strategically important undersea cable landing facility in Chennai, providing a high-speed, high-capacity, low latency route connecting India to the rest of the world.

“We are excited about the launch of BBG as it offers not just direct connectivity in and out of India through Chennai and Mumbai but also acts as a state-of-the-art 100 Gbps extension of Jio’s 100 Gbps core network,” said Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio.

“This global connectivity brings key international content hubs closer to our customers, delivering a much richer experience as an important part of driving India’s broadband adoption, enabling consumers to shift away from the current high-cost low value propositions,” added Oommen.

Providing robust, reliable, low latency connectivity, BBG strengthens one of the fastest growing global internet routes. BBG has deployed the latest submarine cable 100 Gbps transmission technology, utilizing wavelength add/drop branching units along the route, with an initial equipped capacity of 9 terabits per second.

In addition to Reliance Jio, the BBG partners include: Dialog Axiata of Sri Lanka, Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates, Omantel of Sultanate of Oman, Telekom Malaysia Berhad of Malaysia and Vodafone of United Kingdom.

BBG is one of the new cable systems in the region in which Reliance Jio has invested as part of its broadband plans.

Linking Malaysia and Singapore to Oman and the UAE, with branches to India and Sri Lanka the cable provides ample diversity to South East Asia- India – Middle East – Europe routes. This cable can be suitably used in addition to existing cable systems like SMW4/IMEWE/EIG/i2i.

BBG can be used to interconnect with existing land and undersea cables at Oman and UAE for Europe, Middle East and Africa and similarly at Malaysia and Singapore for Far East Asia all the way to the US.

BBG uses the most advanced high-speed broadband fibre optic technology; dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) which allows the capacity to be increased at will without any additional submarine intervention. The initial equipped capacity of the system is a mammoth 9Tb/s and a staggering design capacity of 55Tb/s.

BBG is a unique cable that moves away from the traditional MIU KM model and adopts the more innovative and cost effective digital line section (“DLS”) based model. This implies that the capacity is better utilized as there is no need to reserve a portion of the total capacity for congestion. It also allows each member of the consortium to carry out an upgrade when required and where required.

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RailTel And Google Offer Free Wi-Fi At Ten Railway Stations

RK Bahuguna -RailTel
RK Bahuguna, CMD, RailTel

Indian Railway’s arm Railtel which provides Internet services as RailWire via its extensive fiber network along with Google today announced the launch of free high-speed public Wi-Fi service at nine new railway stations.

After the first launch at Mumbai Central, starting today users in Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kacheguda (Hyderabad), Ernakulum (Kochi) and Vishakhapatnam will be able to access the network using their smartphones for free.

With these launches, Google has now rolled out public Wi-Fi service across ten key railways stations, enabling access to over 1.5 million Indians every day. The service will be formally inaugurated by minister of railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu.

The service built over the fiber network of Raitel is designed to offer high speed broadband experience to users. Travelers passing through these stations will now be able to easily stream a high definition video while they’re waiting, research their destination, download a book or a new game for their journey.

Google is committed to work with Indian Railways and Railtel to deliver high-speed Wi-Fi network that will be available to 10 million Indians a day by the end of the year, covering 100 of the busiest train stations in India. The project will be eventually rolled out to cover 400 train stations across India.

“The network is now live in ten key stations across the country and we are scaling up our efforts to roll out the network quickly to cover some of smaller stations where connectivity is much more limited. As internet adoption grows in India, easy and affordable access to high-speed networks is the real need of the hour. With 100 stations live, this project will be the largest publicly accessible high speed Wi-Fi network in the country, but our real hope is that this project will set new benchmarks in delivering a reliable and consistent network connectivity in the country,” said Gulzar Azad, head of Access Project, Google India.

Commenting on the launch, chairman and managing director of Railtel RK Bahuguna said, “We are very proud to say that Indian Railways has taken the lead to offer the best Wi-Fi network experience available to passengers today in the country. And while the service will be free for a reasonable amount of time, our long-term goal is to make this project self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and places, with RailTel and other partners, in the future.”

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Bezeq Deploys Devicescape To Support Connectivity

Dave Fraser – Devicescape
Dave Fraser, CEO, Devicescape

Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecommunications provider has deployed Devicescape solution to support connectivity-focused customer experience initiative.

Bezeq is encouraging customers to ‘take their home wherever they go,’ by providing them with high quality, cost-efficient access to their favorite content and services throughout Israel and while traveling internationally. The campaign relies on a Devicescape-powered connectivity proposition which integrates public Wi-Fi and private Wi-Fi into a single service, positioned by Bezeq as a key strategic differentiator.

Android and iOS customers will benefit from automated connectivity to Devicescape’s Curated Virtual Network of freely shared amenity Wi-Fi, which currently comprises more than 20 million access points worldwide. The Israeli market leader will also use Devicescape technology to manage customers’ connections and quality of experience across all Wi-Fi, including its nationwide homespot network of more than 600,000 access points.

“By partnering with Devicescape we are able to deliver a standout customer experience by providing seamless Wi-Fi connectivity at millions of locations locally and globally, at home or on the go, which we believe is part of our promise to enable a worry-free connected life, wherever they are,” said Gil Rosen, chief marketing and innovation officer, Bezeq.

“In our intensely competitive market, such differentiation is a strategic imperative,” added Rosen.

Devicescape’s latest customer win comes as competition intensifies between mobile operators and non-cellular challengers, giving Wi-Fi — operator-owned, private and public — an increasingly pivotal role in connectivity service provision.

“At Devicescape we love to work with operators that drive change and innovation, so we are thrilled to be announcing a partnership with Bezeq,” said Dave Fraser, CEO, Devicescape.

“It is rare to see an operator move so swiftly from discussion to deployment and this announcement reflects Bezeq’s vision and conviction, as well as the ever-increasing competitive dynamic within the wider market,” added Fraser.

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BSNL To Float Tender For 40,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots

BSNL – Anupam Shrivastava

BSNL-To-Float-EoI-For-40,000-Wi-Fi-HotspotsBSNL is going for Wi-Fi in a big way and plans are to float Expression of Interest (EoI) for 40,000 additional Wi-Fi hotspots through capex model.

With the capex model and partner Wi-Fi model based on revenue sharing, BSNL is planning to deploy 80,000 Wi-Fi hotspots by 31st March, 2018.

Speaking about EoI, Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL said, “The deployment of 40,000 hotspots though capex model is planned to be completed in the next 2 years.”

As part of its drive to tap new sources of revenue while meeting aspirations of the government, BSNL has introduced Wi-Fi model based on revenue sharing to deploy public Wi-Fi hotspots across the country covering all religious, tourist and important locations in the country. BSNL is planning to deploy 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in the next 3 years and had plans to install 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots in Phase I by March 31, 2016.

Recently, BSNL dedicated 1,000th Wi-Fi hotspot to the nation with the operation of Wi-Fi facility at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. With this BSNL has installed 1,000 hotspots at 370 locations pan-India.

“By March 31, 2016, BSNL is close to reach 2,500 hotspots as majority of hotspots have been connected and is awaiting backhaul connectivity with optical fiber cable,” added Shrivastava.

BSNL has tied up with partners like QuadGen Wireless and Trimax IT Infrastructure and Services to deploy Wi-Fi hotspots pan-India. QuadGen Wireless has partnered with BSNL to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in 9 states and is focused on Southern and Western India. QuadGen Wireless is deploying Wi-Fi hotspots in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.

BSNL has finalized Trimax, an IT services provider to deploy Wi-Fi in the northern states on a revenue sharing basis. Trimax is deploying Wi-Fi hotspots in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh.

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Bharti Airtel Launches Wi-Fi In Victoria Memorial Hall

Airtel – Victoria Memorial Hall

Bharti-Airtel-Launches-Wi-Fi-Service-In-Victoria-Memorial-HallBharti Airtel has announced the pilot launch of Wi-Fi service in Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata.

With this, Airtel has become the preferred partner to provide the visitors and tourists both national and international at Victoria Memorial Hall with an opportunity to connect and get on to the digital superhighway to enjoy uninterrupted HD video streaming, superfast uploading and downloading of movies, music and images on the move.

Starting March 22, visitors at Victoria Memorial Hall will be able to experience Airtel’s Wi-Fi service by connecting from five designated Hotspot zones, which are an open platform for users across mobile operators having Wi-Fi compatible devices.

Visitors will be able to enjoy two free browsing sessions of 30 minutes each, per day, against each individual mobile number. Users wanting to avail the free Wi-Fi service, will first have to enable the Wi-Fi from their device settings, then connect to the Wi-Fi network under “AirtelWiFiZone”, there would be an automatic redirection to a landing page and users will now need to validate the connection by inputting his/her mobile phone number. On completion the user would receive an authentication SMS containing the password. An URL option for direct log in will also be sent to the user.

Announcing the launch, Ravindra Singh Negi, CEO – West Bengal & Odisha, Bharti Airtel said, “With the launch of Wi-Fi service at Victoria Memorial Hall, we aim to enable more users to experience superior and superfast mobile internet speeds by seamlessly latching on to our Wi-Fi hotspots and enjoy many more internet capabilities on their mobile devices, on the move.”

Also commenting on the launch Dr Jayanta Sengupta, secretary & curator – Victoria Memorial Hall said, “The Victoria Memorial Hall is the most-visited museum in India and it is constantly trying to improve its visitor facilities, to make it even more attractive to people who throng it in their thousands every day. Free Wi-Fi access is a part of this broader effort, which includes the enhancement of the museum’s digital presence. This pilot project is some sort of a trial run, and hopefully it will become a more permanent feature of Victoria’s appeal.”

Earlier in November 2015, Airtel launched Project Leap, under which the company plans to invest Rs 60,000 crores over the next three years to meet the growing demand of voice and high speed data services in India and deliver the best network experience to its customers.

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Reliance Jio To Provide Free Wi-Fi To 2.27 Lakh Fans At T20 World Cup Cricket

HPCA Stadium – Dharamshala

Reliance-Jio-To-Provide-Free-Wi-Fi-At-Six-T20-World-Cup-Cricket-StadiumsReliance Jio is planning to provide free high-speed Wi-Fi to 2.27 lakh fans at six T20 World Cup Cricket Stadiums for fans to stay connected.

Jionet, high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity is brought by Reliance Jio Infocomm and is going to change how cricket fans enjoy their games by providing high-speed internet connectivity at six main stadiums across the country. This is a first for Jio Net to be connecting six cricket stadiums in the country at one go and what’s more, it is being done on a complimentary basis.

Stadium – No of APs – Stadium Capacity
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – 743 – 35,000
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmashala – 558 – 23,000
Eden Gardens, Kolkata – 1,101 – 68,000
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali – 627 – 26,000
Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi – 668 – 41,820
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – 631 – 33,108

Jionet has embarked on this huge project as a part of revolutionizing how spectators experience the games, as they are commonly faced with issues regarding connectivity. Mobile networks aren’t able to handle such large data traffic Jionet will change this – the connectivity will not only be adequate but will actually be many times faster than experienced before. As a result of which, spectators will be able to share their story ball by ball, connect with their friends and family, surf, stay connected on social networking sites, and more.

To make this possible, Reliance Jio has harnessed its superior network capacity along with an excellent deployment of specially designed, state-of-the-art Wi-Fi access points (APs) that will cover the entire stadium with a seating capacity of minimum 20,000.

Reliance Jio is deploying 4,328 state-of-the-art Wi-Fi access points (APs) at six stadiums located at Bangalore, Dharmashala, Kolkata, Mohali, New Delhi and Mumbai.

Relaince Jio has gone the extra mile to see to it that cricket fans and spectators enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity up to international standards by testing the network capacity: organised test events were used to create a controlled crowd of users who could then be monitored and feedback collected from their experience.

Jionet High Density is designed to provide stable high-quality Wi-Fi coverage to individuals in a densely packed groups, at which standard Wi-Fi deployment fails as the APs and their associated radio channels become congested with the increase in the number of Wi-Fi users. Under the standard deployment, simply adding more such conventional APs would not improve matters since the radio footprint of additional APs will overlap those of others, causing greater congestion.

On the other hand, High-Density Wi-Fi (HD Wi-Fi) creates lots of small radio footprints so as to be able to cater for pockets of clients in localised areas across the stadium. Thus, keeping the radio traffic between the user and the AP low, avoiding interference and congestion both.

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Reliance Jio Launches Free Wi-Fi Service At Andal Airport

Reliance Jio – Jammu

Reliance-Jio-Launches-Free-Wi-Fi-Service-At-Andal-AirportReliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries (RIL), today announced the launch of its ‘Jionet’ high speed Wi-Fi service at Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport located in Andal, Durgapur subdivision, West Bengal.

This airport’s hinterland comprises towns of Burdwan, Bankura, Bishnupur, Purulia, Suri, Bolpur/Shantiniketan, Rampurhat in South Bengal and Dhanbad and Bokaro in Jharkhand. From today, passengers at the airport will be able to use internet through ‘Jionet’ network.

Currently, Jio is providing this service as complimentary for a limited duration so that customers can sample and experience high speed Internet.

Speaking on the occasion, a spokesperson of Reliance Jio Infocomm said, “High speed data connectivity is one of the foundations on which smart cities will be built on and is key enabler to increase GDP of the nation. We at Jio continually harness technology to bridge the Digital Divide and this initiative is one such step in the direction. ‘Jionet’ services would assist passengers at Andal airport to sample the digital ecosystem that Jio has built, comprising specially designed apps and rich content running on Jio’s fibre based high speed data networks.”

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Nokia And Deutsche Telekom Conducts XG-FAST Lab Trial


Nokia-And-Deutsche-Telekom-Conducts-XG-FAST-Lab-TrialNokia and Deutsche Telekom has completed XG-FAST laboratory trial that has demonstrated how XG-FAST, a new fixed ultra-broadband access technology, can be used by service providers.

The lab trial was conducted end of 2015 by Nokia’s subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent.

XG-FAST is a Bell Labs-developed extension of Nokia’s commercially available technology. The trial conducted at Deutsche Telekom’s cable laboratory in Darmstadt, Germany, generated data throughput speeds of more than 10 gigabits-per-second (Gbps), approximately 200 times faster than speeds in the average residential broadband connection today. In providing fiber-like speeds, the copper-based technology could enable a two-hour HD movie to download in less than 10 seconds, or for 1,000 photos to be uploaded in less than two seconds.

Deutsche Telekom’s network – which uses VDSL2 Vectoring as well as fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology – currently offers customers access speeds of up to 100 Mbps. In enabling Deutsche Telekom to make efficient use of its existing copper network infrastructure, the innovative XG-FAST technology could also enable it to deliver further on commitments to Germany’s national broadband targets for providing more bandwidth to more people.

Federico Guillen, president, Fixed Networks, Nokia said, “As a global leader in ultra-broadband fixed access we are offering operators a mix of fiber and copper technologies to deploy high-quality services more quickly and cost-effectively. The XG-FAST trial with Deutsche Telekom represents an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to extend the potential of copper for delivering ultra-fast speeds, while also bringing fiber closer to residential and business users.”

Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom said, “Working on this demonstration we can see the future possibilities of XG-FAST in maximizing existing assets. This will provide another technology option which could enable us to offer high-speed connectivity to our customers quickly and cost-effectively, and at the same time, move our fiber infrastructure closer to our customers.”

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