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Debjit does some excellent analysis of the Indian technology front and digital media news in India. He is passionate about all things Microsoft but loves open source too! Get in touch with him @dkd903

Reliance Showcases LTE-TDD: Downloads Upto 80Mbps

Mobile broadband is eventually catching up in India, thanks to 3G. However, consumers in India are yet to experience the next-generation broadband technology which was showcased by Reliance Industries Limited in association with Ericsson India at the first field trial of LTE-TDD (Long Term Evolution) mobile system technology.

The trial showcased LTE-TDD network’s exceptional performance by achieving healthy balanced peak rates of 80 Mbps for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads in the specified configuration/setup. The eco system capabilities were also showcased using ST Ericsson dongles connected over the air to the base station. Other applications such as HD Multimedia Streaming and LIVE TV was demonstrated with on-the-move vehicle speeds of 50 and 70 kilometers per hour!

With such high speeds on Mobile devices, consumers can now enjoy ultra-high data speeds for services such as internet TV, mobile video-blogging, online video games and the mobile office-environment.

Huawei To Set Up Cyber Security Unit In India

Huawei is trying hard to convince the Indian government that its telecom gear does not pose a security threat to India. And as a part of it’s efforts in doing so, Huawei pans to establish a state-of-the-art cyber security centre in India where Indian law enforcement agencies and technical experts from the telecom department and home ministry can test their end-to-end core equipment, hardware and software solutions sold to local mobile phone companies.

Huawei also said that various national security agencies will also be allowed to look for malware, spyware, trapdoors and even assess to see if Huawei’s gear can be remotely managed. Huawei has recently set up a similar center in UK and feels this model could be replicated in India too.

According to a Huawei India spokesperson:

We have not discussed this yet with the Indian government as it is a very new initiative from Huawei to comprehensively address the security issue at an international level, which includes India. We will surely look at ways of trying to incorporate the positives from our new UK initiative and try to localise them for India.

Nokia Sets Up Mail & Messaging Server In India

We have already told you about the RIM (Blackberry) – Govt. Of India episode where RIM was asked to allow Indian security agencies to access encrypted Blackberry messenger and e-mail data, to which RIM was constantly opposing the Govt.’s demand. Now it seems that other telecom players have already started feeling the heat.

Nokia announced on Thursday that it would install a mail and chat server in India which will enable law enforcement agencies to intercept email, messenger services and other data sent through Nokia devices. Nokia says that this move will keep it safe in the country as it has conformed with all requirements suggested by the law enforcement agencies, by allowing them access.

Well the strange part is on one hand the Indian Home Ministry is yet to receive a response from RIM (Blackberry) for a similar request and on the other hand Nokia has already taken the required steps without even being asked to.   Here is an official statement from Nokia:

We have installed Nokia Messaging servers, which includes authentication and enterprise servers, in India on November 5. Nokia is fully committed to protecting its users’ privacy and maintaining their trust, while at the same time fulfilling its public responsibility and legal obligations.”

Apple iPad Comes To India, Officially!

Apple has quietly started shipping it’s most celebrated tablet device – iPad to India. And if you still thought Apple iPad is yet to be available officially in India, better check again! Many Apple’s franchisees in India have just started selling iPads. However there is a catch to it – you have to buy the iPads in bulk.

The Economic Times did it’s own follow ups and found out that an Apple reseller at Delhi’s Connaught Place has already supplied bulk orders to corporates like HCL, IndiaBulls, Protiviti and Bajaj Hindustan.   The price currently quoted is Rs 33,000 for a 16GB model and Rs 54,000 for a 64GB 3G model. This includes with warranty and the pay invoice. The dealer also said that they supplied 25 pieces to IndiaBulls. In order to place the bulk order, you have to give the dealer a two days notice period and an advance payment.

The fact that Apple resellers in India are currently selling the iPads to corporate customers and that too in bulk became more   concrete when The Economic Times got in touch with another store at Noida’s Sector 18 which initially   said that iPads haven’t been launched in India. But when the same store was approached later as a corporate customer   the store said they will source the iPads from Hong Kong through an importer.

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Microsoft Says 86% Indians Buy Genuine Software

Although India may be a among the top countries where software piracy is on the rise but a recent Microsoft study has revealed that a majority of Indians buy genuine software. A global study conducted by software major Microsoft recently points us to the fact that more than 86 per cent of Indian customers purchase genuine software even though they retail at sky-high prices.

Microsoft had conducted this survey on over 38,000 people in 20 countries. According to the results of this survey, data loss and identity theft are the top-most concerns of the Indian consumers. Microsoft also said that more than 6000 Indian customers have reported incidents of pirated or illegal software to Microsoft India in the last two years.

Among other statistics, over 50 per cent consumers feel issues such as stolen password and lost data are more likely to happen with counterfeit software and as many as 75 per cent of   Indian consumers feel that genuine software was more secure and stable.

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TATA Docomo 3G Gives You 10 Hours Of Live Cricket For Free

Tata DOCOMO has come up with an exciting offer for 3G subscribers and cricket fans in India. All Tata DOCOMO 3G subscribers can now watch upto 10 hours of Live Cricket action on their 3G handsets during the India New Zealand one-day series for FREE. Tata DOCOMO also provided its users with 250MB worth of free 3G bandwidth on a trial basis. However this is not the first time Tata Docomo is live streaming a cricket match. Asia Cup was also streamed live on Tata Indicom and Tata DOCOMO.

However to avail the free 10 hours Live cricket offer, users will have to agree to subscribe to the Rs 30 weekly pack. Users will be moved to the Rs 30 Weekly plan only after the completion of Free 10 Hours or on 11th Dec (whichever is earlier). The customer can unsubscribe from this Free offer before the completion of 10 Free hours or 11th Dec, and in this scenario, customer will not be charged for the weekly subscription.

To download the Mobile TV app and avail the offer, users have send TV to 53333 (Toll Free). This offer can be availed on any or all one-days on 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th Dec. The start date ofthe offer is 1st December 2010 and the end date is 10th December 2010.

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Mobile Number Portability Comes To Haryana, Entire India To Get MNP From Jan 20

After much fuss over Mobile Number Portability in India, the Indian Govt. finally begun the service in India starting from Haryana. At the launch event, the Communications and IT Minister of India, Mr Kapil Sibal said that the entire country would get Mobile Number Portability (MNP) from January 20, 2011.

The Union Minister for HRD, Telecom & IT, Mr Kapil Sibal (left) at the launch of mobile number portability at Rohtak in Haryana

Rohtak in Haryana became the first Indian city to get Mobile Number Portability. The Secretary of Department of Telecom told the media that MNP will intensify the competition among service providers both in respect of quantity of services and quality of service as well as in terms of tariff. He also said that the DoT is working with Mobile operators to put the system in place over the next two months.

Telecom Operators are very happy that MNP has finally been launched in India as they feel this would provide the freedom of choice to consumers and would promote fair and effective competition in the market. However it seems that not all Indian subscribers want MNP. A study a Colombo-based ICT firm revealed that 26 per cent of Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) mobile subscribers in India would definitely not consider switching even to a cheaper package which indicates some kind of operator loyalty being present among them.

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eMudhra Launches Money Managment Tool “MyMoney” In Association With Microsoft

eMudhra has launched a one of it’s kind personal finance management tool “eMudhra MyMoney” in India. MyMoney helps consumers to make informed decisions based on one’s financial activities without a need for sharing any confidential information such as username and password of consumer’s bank accounts unlike other personal finance tools out there. MyMoney uses Microsoft Silverlight to provide a rich user experience.

MyMoney’s has a gaming environment which makes tracking finances fun, fast and friendly, no more boring graphs and charts. Here are few salient features of the tool:

  • Helps user track money without asking for personally Identifiable Information.
  • Life Style management tools enable users make informed financial decisions.
  • Helps users to understand their net-worth anytime/ anywhere and provides users with regular tips.
  • Allows users to track their finances offline and helps users achieve financial discipline by helping users budget their spending and alerts them to take corrective action for all over budget spends.

According to Mr. Ravi Jaggannathan (MD & CEO, eMudhra) when it comes to consumer technology, the user experience matters a lot. He also says that Microsoft Silverlight has helped them deliver a rich, intuitive and secured environment to users. Well what I think is by using Silverlight to base a web app simply cuts off one segment of users who are on platforms that do not have official Microsoft Silverlight support!

Instant Mobile Payment Service (IMPS) – 5 Things You Should Know

We have already told you about the Instant Mobile Payment Service which is going to be rolled out to seven Indian banks – IMPS are State Bank of India, Bank of India, Union Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank , Axis Bank and YES Bank and 22 more banks are in the pipeline. Here are a few important things which you must know about the Instant Mobile Payment Service (IMPS) in India.

  • Customers need to register with their banks for IMPS. The banks will issue the customers a unique seven digit mobile money identifier (MMID) and mobile banking personal identification number (MPIN).
  • To send a mobile payment you have to key in the receiver’s mobile number, his/her MMID, the amount to be sent and the MPIN. Once the money is sent, you will get a SMS confirmation.
  • A customer can link multiple bank accounts to his / her mobile phone with the help of IMPS. The service ensures that only people who are registered will receive money. This avoids erroneous transfers to a large extent.
  • IMPS has certain transfer limits. Users can transfer a maximum of Rs 5,000 per transaction and upto a maximum value of Rs 25,000 per month, per customer.
  • IMPS Service Charges: IMPS is currently being offered free of charge to customers up to March 31, 2011. Customers will be required to pay only SMS charges. The switching fee for banks for routing IMPS transactions through the National Financial Switch has been reduced to Rs 0.25 per transaction (which is Rs 0.50 for ATM transactions).

Reliance Comm. Brings Twitter To SMS And Launches Voice Blogging

Twitter and other social networks have become so famous in India now that even handset makers in the country list their handset’s ability to talk to these social networks – a feature! On similar lines, Reliance Communications (RCom) has tied up with Twitter to make the microblogging website available to users via SMS.

RCom has also launched a social voice blogging service in an association with Bubble Motion, which will make it easy for users to become a follower of famous Indian celebs and stay up to date with text and voice updates directly from their favourite celebrities. RCoM is bringing in a number of famous Indian celebrities including leading Bollywood stars and singers who will launch this first-of-its-kind voice-based mobile blogging service in India.

In order to add a Twitter account to their mobile, customers have to send an SMS to the Twitter short code 53000 to sign up with the service. After getting registered, customers can start following their celebrities and catching up with friends. The service is currently available for free of charge till November 30.

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