Private Telcos May Use BSNL’s Network To Provide Broadband Access

Currently it is only BSNL that provides broadband internet facilities in rural areas of India. However, things are going to change soon. In order to make broadband internet available to millions of subscribers, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has suggested that BSNL’s   last-mile copper lines could be unbundled to private operators.

BSNL has a huge and extensive copper network that caters to 30 million subscribers and this can be ramped up to support millions of more customers. Since BSNL’s fixed line subscribers are gradually declining, unbundling the last-mile local loop in the copper lines will allow private operators to use BSNL’s nationwide fixed line network for offering broadband services to more customers.

Doing this has two benefits. First is, it will bring in additional revenue for BSNL and the Second benefit is that more new consumers can now expect to use fast broadband internet connection. The DoT has also suggested that the excess capacity should be provided to the private players only after BSNL’s own requirement is met.

Hong Kong Wants More Indian IT Firms To Set Shop In Their Country

Not only is US aware of India’s IT expertise and ability. Even countries in the western part of the world are aware of it. In a recent interview with Simon Galpin, director-general of InvestHK, he said that Hong Kong feels it has strong economic ties with India and wants more Indian IT companies to start business in Hong Kong.

More than 1,500 Indian companies are already doing business in Hong Kong and this number is expected to go up. The Indian economy is expanding gradually and markets like Hong Kong can provide Indian businesses a conducive environment. However the major Indian companies doing business in Hong Kong include Indian Banks, airlines and other enterprises. This is one of the main reasons why Hong Kong wants more Indian IT countries in Hong Kong.

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Encrypted SIM Cards Coming Soon To India For Safer Communication

India is witnessing a huge growth in mobile banking and net banking on the mobile phone. In order to make sure the consumers are protected from mis-happenings while using these modern media of transactions, the Govt. of India has allowed the use of proxy SIM cards carrying digital certificates for mobile phones. This allows secure communication over SMSes and email and these digital certificates provide another layer of authentication on mobile communication.

According to the Controller of Certifying Authority of India, Mr. N Vijayaditya the govt. is recommending the  certification  of proxy SIM cards with digital certificates. These are very easy to use and can be inserted on top of regular SIM cards. Use of these digital certificates can make mobile banking and mobile transactions secure.

via Tech2

“BharatBerry” Launched To Counter BlackBerry Services In India

So what, if the Indian Government finally decides to shut down BlackBerry services in the country. Rajasthan based Data Infosys has launched a solution for all blackberry users. Titled “BharatBerry”, this product is a mobile communication service that works with all blackberry phones and provides more advance push mail with over the air (OTA) backup of your Contact, Task, Calendar and notes.

BharatBerry also provides Sync to your outlook. The Bharat Berry software can be purchased online and available for downloaded from the website For enabling access to all services including e-mails, users will be charged Rs.100 per month, while to ensure access and synchronisation of calendar and contacts the user will have to pay Rs.50 per month. BharatBerry is an Indian compliant Product made in India keeping in consideration all necessary India laws.

The Bharat Berry service on a BlackBerry handset ensures that you remain connected to your email, calendar and contacts through the servers hosted in India, Bharat Berry works through a mix of its very advanced email server known as XGeNPlus, and open source technologies. BharatBerry’s servers are hosted in India, hence there is no compliance issue. The software will be targeted on BlackBerry handsets and by next month. BharatBerry is also supported on all major mobile handsets based on Symbian, Android, Windows Mobile and J2ME, which will cover all major mobile handset providers like Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, etc.

Vodafone To Set Up Global R&D Centre in India

Lot of big companies around the world leverage Indian IT expertise to give their businesses a lead over others. UK-based mobile operator Vodafone is now planning to set up a global applications research and development (R & D) centre in India in order to leverage on the expertise in India.

Mr Marten Pieters, the Managing Director of Vodafone Essar said that Vodafone is already in the process of setting up an application centre in India. India being such a big centre for IT, technology and application development, Vodafone is looking forward to leverage this not only for their Indian operations, but also for the rest of the world.

Opening this R&D Center in India will open new opportunities for development firms and generate more jobs. Also experienced programmers from different avenues will have a good chance to change their service line and do something new.

Indian Businesses Are The Highest Users Of Web 2.0: Survey

A global survey was conducted by a research firm Vanson Bourne and US-based Purdue University’s CERIAS research group covering 17 developed and emerging nations. It was found in this survey that these 17 developed and emerging countries are the ones who use Web 2.0 the most for businesses. Even a better finding was that India is at the top of these 17   nations where Web 2.0 is used by businesses.

According to a McAfee director, Mr. Ambarish Deshpande in India, market pressure is a big driver for firms to adopt web 2.0 in their businesses. Around 78 per cent of McAfee’s respondents from India cited interaction with customers and partners as the primary reason for adoption of Web 2.0. However, incremental benefits at low costs is also another reason that has lead 75 per cent of Indian firms to use web 2.0.

Other reasons for taking to these web 2.0 services such as Twitter , YouTube and Facebook include ease in performing IT functions, public relations, sales, marketing and customer service. It was also found that businesses in emerging economies like India and Brazil lead when it comes to adoption of web 2.0, while those in the US, UK, Australia and Canada are not so active on web 2.0.

via The Economic Times

Hyderabad To Host WWW Conference, 2011

The World Wide Web (WWW) conference for the year 2011 (WWW2011) will be held at Hyderabad from March 28 to April 1, 2011. This conference is held anually is attended by thinkers and most influential people on the web in order to take stock of the new developments and trends shaping the web.

The theme for 2011’s WWW conference is ‘Web for all‘ which is aimed at promoting the all-inclusive aspect of the Web. The event will hosted by the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, in association with International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad and IIT Bombay. Here is a quick look at the registration charges in case you are interested to visit this conference.

Online registration for the conference can be done from

Tihar Jail Launches Website To Showcase Jail Inmates’ Productive Work

Who said criminals do not reform? The Tihar Jail administration recently launched a website – in order to showcase the various consumer goods produced by the jail inmates and to promote the ‘TJ’ brand online. The products manufactured by the Tihar Jail inmates are spread over a vast range consisting of bakery, handloom & textile, apparel, furniture, mustard oil, paintings, paper products and other miscellaneous products.

The Jail authority has also included information about where these products can be purchased and the administration is also looking at plans of selling the products online. These products are marketed under a brand called ‘TJ’.

iDuple: Another Indian Internet Tablet – 5 Sec. Boot Time, 50GB Cloud Storage

We have already told you about a lot of Internet tablets from India. Here is iDuple for you – yet another Indian tablet PC but this one is with a difference! This tablet from iDuple basically has one app – just a web browser. It does not have a hard drive and the tablet boots in just 5 seconds.

So does the lack of a hard drive mean you can’t install apps, store files, and perform other activities that you do on a PC? No, because the iDuple tablet is designed in such a away that when you turn it on, the tablet remotely connects you to a server that runs a virtual operating system.This mean you will be requiring an always-on internet connection just for turning on the tablet.

Actually the OS, your storage and your apps – everything is in the cloud. This way the tablet won’t require a lot of storage or a fast processor to handle resource-intensive applications as they’re   run by a remote server. This is a valid reason for the price of the tablet to be on the lower side. However you do need a pretty good internet connection for using the tablet. Users also get 50GB of cloud-based storage space for their files. You can take a look of the virtual OS that is being run on the tablet, here:

Sony Playstation Store Goes Live In India, Officially!

The wait for all Sony Playstation lovers and aficionados is finally over. Sony has now officially launched the Playstation store in India. You can download full games for your Sony Playstation starting from Rs 225 for the Sony PS3 and Rs 170 onwards for the PSP (Playstation Portable) and the PSP Go. The games which you purchase from the Playstation store can be used on 5 other activated Playstation consoles.

The subscription service for the Playstation store – called the PlayStationPlus gives the users access to premium content, discounts, services and early access to beta trials and demos, free games and downloads. The annual subscription charges are Rs. 2850 and with this subscription users can avail content worth approximately Rs. 14, 000 absolutely free. There is also a 90 day subscription package for a sum of Rs. 885 in which the user can avail content worth approximately Rs. 6500 free.

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