Vodafone Essar recently announced Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson India as partners for its 3G network across India. Vodafone had grabbed 3G license for 9 circles – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal. These allies will enable swift 3G deployment and maintain HSPA networks in these circles.
“Globally, Vodafone provides enhanced 3G experiences to a large base of customers. India is now ready for 3G, and we are committed to offer similar high-quality 3G services to our Indian customers. Ericsson and Nokia Siemens are specialists in this area and we view this as a very strategic alliance, in order to deliver and maintain a high quality network which customers will expect from Vodafone,said Marten Pieters, Managing Director, Vodafone Essar.
Vodafone selected Nokia Siemens to implement and manage its 3G HSPA network in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP(East), Rest of Bengal and Haryana. On the other hand, Vodafone selected Ericsson to provide 3G HSPA services in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. Nokia Siemens and Ericsson will come together to improve the end user experience.
We have recently seen that, Tata Docomo became the first private telecom operator to announce the launch of its 3G services in India. Within few hours, Airtel unofficially announced their 3G services and their 3G page went live. Tata Docomo will launch its 3G services in Diwali and other operators like Vodafone and Airtel are expected to launch their 3G services at the same time.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in India is planning for a change that will bring down roaming tariffs like anything. The DoT is considering a proposal to reduce the number of telecom circles in India from 22 to a single licence with all India coverage of a maximum of four circles.
Currently the DoT issues licence for each of the 22 circles separately. Operators are then required to install a mobile switch in each circle. This results in the operator charging customers with interconnection fees when calls are made from one circle to another. So if all the circles are merged, consumers need not pay any roaming charges.
According to a top DoT official – Keeping in view the development of technologies for catering to more traffic and more number of subscribers, we are looking at whether operators can be given the option to merge service areas. There could be either one service area covering the entire country or there could be four or five areas each, covering a specific region.
It seems that Blackberry users can now rejoice, but only for two more months as the Indian Govt. has now agreed to extend the deadline for Blackberry to comply with security related issues till December 31, 2010. So if things do not go all well, then Blackberry users might have to welcome the new year with a new kind of Blackberry – without corporate e-mail and chat!
We have already told you about the August 31 deadline, after which the deadline was extended to 31st October. And this current decision of extending the deadline to 31st December was taken after a high-level meeting between the MHA, RIM and the Department of Telecommunications.
Tata Docomo, known for bringing many firsts in the Indian Telecom industry, will now also become the first private Telecom player to launch 3g cellular services in India – this diwali. Other operators like Vodafone and Reliance are likely to announce their respective 3G services launch date soon.
Mr Deepak Gulati (President of Mobility, Tata Teleservices Ltd) said, We are all set to launch 3G services on Diwali. With this customers will have access to high speed Internet access and rich multimedia content and applications. Our partners NTT DoCoMo are leaders in 3G services and we are leveraging their expertise to bring the best to our customers.
Tata Docomo has initial plans of launching their 3G service in all the top cities of the states where Tata Docomo has presence – Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Haryana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh (East). Tata Tele has also given the 3G equipment contract to Nokia Siemens and Chinese vendor Huawei.
The Indian Government, according to a report by ET, is planning to develop its own computer operating system. The IT infrastructure in India has been targeted a lot by hackers and cyber criminals in the past.
The DRDO (Defence and Research Development Organization) has partnered with software companies in Bangalore and academic institutions to set up two software development centers, in Bangalore and Delhi.
The new operating system will be built from scratch indigenously, and after the development is complete, it will probably be deployed in major government offices.
“There are many gaps in our software areas; particularly we don’t have our own operating system. So, in today’s world where you have tremendous requirements of security on whatever you do… economy, banking and defence… it’s essential that you need to have an operating system.
We have to protect it (our data), (and) the only way to protect it is to have a home-grown system, the complete architecture… source code is with you and then nobody knows what’s that.” said Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Director General of DRDO and Secretary, Defence R & D.
I do hope that atleast this works out properly; though given the past track record of the Indian Government (read: the Chinese “Indian” tablet and the $10 laptop that turned out to be a USB drive), it’s likely that it won’t.
Nokia has finally launched its much-awaited business smartphone in India, the Nokia E5. This device was announced back in April and now it is finally available for purchase at an affordable price. Nokia E5 is the successor of the popular business device, Nokia E63. Nokia E5 has a full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity and more.
Some interesting features of this handset include a 2.4 inch QVGA LCD display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, A-GPS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 250 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card included, OVI Maps, OVI Chat, OVI Share, 18 hours 30 mins talktime, 29 days stand-by time and 1200 mAh battery.
Nokia E5 supports multiple email accounts of popular services and allows you to connect with your friends on popular Instant Messaging services such as Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, OVI chat and more. Nokia E5 is available in 2 different colors Carbon Black and Chalk White. It comes with a price tag of Rs.12,699.
Are you planning to buy this handset? Do you think this handset is better than Nokia E72? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Do you still remember the full QWERTY phone announced by Motorola back in July? Yes, we are talking about the amazing Motorola Charm. According to the guys at Android OS, this handset will be launched soon in India. Motorola Charm will be the Motorola’s fourth Android powered handset in India. This handset comes with a full QWERTY keyboard as well as a touchscreen display.
Motorola Charm comes with full a QWERTY keyboard, 2.8 inch touch screen display and it runs is on the Android 2.1 operating system. It features a 3 megapixel camera with Kodak Perfect Touch technology, BACKTRACK navigation pad, full suite of Google services, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, pinch to zoom functionality, 512 MB internal memory, one-touch social media uploads to Facebook, MySpace, Picasa & PhotoBucket and so on.
This handset is available in the US since last month on the airwaves of TMobile. This handset is expected to launch on October in India. Motorola Charm is expected to come with a price tag of Rs.15,000 (approx. $340). Stay tuned for more updates on this amazing smartphone.
Samsung recently launched another dual-SIM phone in India, the Samsung Star Duos. This handset was launched earlier in Sweden and it has been finally announced for the Indian market. Samsung Star Duos is the first dual-SIM phone which supports 2G and 3G dual-active standby.
Samsung Star Duos comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display and a 3 page extended menu with TouchWiz 2.0 UI. Other features include a 5 megapixel camera with Power LED flash, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, microSD card slot, 250MB internal memory, 16GB expandable memory, FM Radio, 9 regional language support, Document viewer, DNSe audio enhancing technology, SNS support, FindMusic and more.
Samsung Star Duos weighs just 112g and has a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery with up to 12 hours 50 mins of talk time and up to 420 hours of stand-by time. It comes with a price tag of Rs.12,300. This is definitely an amazing handset which supports 2G and 3G dual-active standby. Are you planning to by this device? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Uninor recently launched three new GPRS packs priced at Rs.14, Rs.24 and Rs.47. These packs are available only in Gujarat, Mumbai and Maharashtra Circle. Uninor already offer three GPRS pack across India, but these new GPRS packs are surely going to attract new subscribers.
We have tested the Uninor GPRS and found out that the speed offered by Uninor is much better than Aircel and Reliance, but not as good as compared to Tata Docomo and Vodafone. Check out the complete details of these new GPRS packs below.
GPRS Pack 1:
Validity: 3 days
Benefits: 500 MB data usage
GPRS Pack 2:
Validity: 15 days
Benefits: 1 GB data usage
GPRS Pack 3:
Validity: 15 days
Benefits: 2.5 GB data usage
Uninor also upgraded its GPRS pack of Rs.90. Now you will get 6 GB data usage instead of 3 GB with a validity of 30 days. To get these GPRS packs, dial *222*2# from your Uninor number or you can also e-recharge with the given denomination. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below
Binatone, a UK-based telecom giant, launched a new touch tablet in India, the Binatone Home Surf. This tablet is powered by the Android Operating System. Binatone Home Surf touch tablet is the third Android tablet launched in India after the Olivepad VT100 and Infibeam Phi.
According to Mr. Sat Murthi, Executive Vice President Binatone India said, We are committed to breaking the barriers of technology reaching the masses. Our products are specifically Indianised with special features like Audio boost, Power saveand Binatone Zone, which all have been carefully market researched and implemented to address the specific Indian needs. He went on to outline development of futuristic products with solar charger mobile handsets to address the frequent power outages in rural markets.”
Binatone Home Surf touch tablet runs Android 1.6. It features an 8 inch resistive screen, ultra slim design, 667 MHz ARM 11 processor, Wi-Fi, 2GB of internal storage, 128 MB RAM and more. This tablet is said be as slim as the popular Apple iPad.
Binatone plans to invest Rs 50 crores in the next 12 months in technology, product development and marketing. They are also planning to launch low cost 3G handsets by end of the year to cater to the deployment of newer technologies in India.
This tablet is priced at just Rs.8,990. Are you planning to buy this device? Let us know your views in the comments below.