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National Broadband Plan To Be Announced By October End

According to the Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Dr J.S. Sarma the National Braodband Plan will be announced by October end. The national Broadband plan aims to reach 100 million homes by 2014 and all homes by 2020.

Mr Sarma also said   that the Government and TRAI are trying hard to execute the national objective of reaching out broadband connectivity to every home by 2020. After the National Broadband Plan was initially announced in 2004, a target of 20 million homes by 2010 was set but barely 9-10 million connections have been achieved till date which happens to be almost 50 per cent of the targeted growth.

Various issues related to the rapid expansion of the National   Broadband Plan are also being discussed such as the right speed for rural and urban areas, right of way for optical fibrecables, last mile issues, spectrum use and allocation.

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Nokia Launches the X2 in India for Rs 5999

Nokia X2The Nokia X2 was officially announced by Nokia way back in April. It is a stylish new handset which offers some great specifications at a very reasonable price.

It is a budget feature phone which comes with a 2.2 inch display, a 5 MP camera and runs the S40 OS.

Nokia X2 Specifications

Dimensions: 111 x 47 x 13.3 mm
Weight: 81 gms
Display: 2.2 inch TFT display, 240 x 320 pixels, 256K colors
OS: S40
Memory: 48 MB internal memory, up to 32 GB microSD support
Camera: 5 MP camera, 2592 x 1944 pixels, LED flash
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
Radio: FM Radio with RDS
Battery: 860 mAh Li-ion battery

The Nokia X2 is priced at Rs. 5999, slightly higher than the speculated price of Rs. 5000. It’s a good deal for those who want a cheap feature phone with a nice camera and great music playback.

LePhone A10 is a Triple SIM Handset for Indian Consumers

Dual SIM handsets have become commonplace in the Indian market thanks to manufacturers like Lemon, Lava, MicroMax, Zen, Spice, Olive and Intex. Sensing an opportunity to one-up its competitors, LePhone has now released a triple SIM handset (GSM+GSM+CDMA).

LePhone-A10

The Symbian powered LePhone A10 sports a 2.2 inch screen and a 3 megapixel camera with flash. Connectivity options supported include Bluetooth, GPRS and WAP. It is a competent multimedia phone with inbuilt FM and MP3 player, video player, Xpress Music, shake to change track support and 3D sound stereo speaker.

The LePhone A10 claims to offer a talk time of 300 minutes and a stand by time of 150 hours. It is available for just Rs. 4,990.

Nokia Launches Dual SIM C1-00 And C2-00 In India

Nokia has finally launched its first dual SIM (GSM+GSM) phones in India, Nokia C1-00 and Nokia C2-00 respectively. Nokia C1-00 is an entry level handset that which allows you to change the SIM with one touch of a button. It also had a long battery life and MP3 ringtones support. Nokia C2-00 is also an entry level handset but it has some great features such as GPRS, OVI Chat, OVI Mail, 32GB expandable memory and 3.5 mm audio jack.

As per our deep consumer insights, entry level consumers need dual SIMs for various reasons including economizing time and costs, improving efficiency and for increased convenience.To address these consumer requirements, Nokia has launched these two devices that offer multiple SIM capabilities with a balanced feature set and relevant innovations’ at affordable price points,said Mary McDowell, Executive Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia.

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Nokia C1-00 features a 1.8 inch display, 128 x 160 pixels resolution, up to 65,000 colours, S30 interface, up to 500 contacts, integrated hands-free speakers, calendar, clock, FM radio and power save mode. C2-00 comes with 1.8 inch display, 128 x 160 pixels resolution, up to 65,000 colors, S40 interface, GPRS, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack, VGA camera, MicroSD card slot, 60 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Nokia Messaging, integrated handsfree speakers, Opera Mini 4.0, Nokia music player, Stereo FM radio with recording, Nokia Music Store support and much more.

Nokia C1-00 comes in Red and Medium blue colors whereas Nokia C2-00 comes in Red, Dark Grey, Warm Grey and Cool Grey colors. Nokia C1-00 is priced at Rs.1,999 and Nokia C2-00 is priced at Rs.2,500.

Blackberry India Issue Resolved: RIM to Allow Access to Encrypted Email Data

Blackberry India Ban

After playing a few rounds of “Who Blinks First” with the Indian Government, RIM has finally given in and has agreed to allow access to its encrypted email and messenger data to the Indian security agencies. It will set up local servers in India to manage the encrypted email data of its Indian users.

Indian authorities had threatened to ban Blackberry services in India on August 31, if they didn’t allow them access to the encrypted data passing through its servers located in Canada. It had requested that RIM set up local servers in India which could be monitored at will by the security agencies for security reasons. Now, with RIM agreeing to meet their demands, they have granted them 60 more days to address their concerns and install email routing servers locally.

Blackberry has more than a million users in India. Airtel, Vodafone and other operators had already been ordered to shut down Blackberry services tomorrow, on August 31, if the security issues weren’t resolved.

Indian Blackberry users, rejoice!

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Reliance Chooses LTE over WiMAX for BWA Services in India

LTE - Long Term EvolutionInfotel Broadband Services was the only company which had won BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) spectrum in all the 22 circles in India, in the recently held 3G / BWA auctions. Reliance acquired a 95% stake in Infotel Broadband for Rs. 4800 crores soon after the auctions.

Today, Reliance announced that it has chosen to use LTE (Long Term Evolution) for its BWA services across India, instead of the other option, WiMAX. Both LTE and WiMAX are 4G technologies which offer much better speeds than 3G. WiMAX offers speeds up to 40 Mbps while LTE offers speeds of 100 Mbps (downlink)/ 50 Mbps (uplink). LTE is backed by Qualcomm while WiMAX is backed by Intel.

LTE and WiMAX have been fiercely competing for marketshare across the globe. This move by Reliance tilts the scales in LTE’s favor. In the United States, both Sprint and Clearwire offer WiMAX services while Verizon is planning to launch LTE plans by the end of this year.

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LG Optimus GT540 Launched in India; Priced at Rs 12990

LG hasn’t had much success yet with its Android lineup. It has made bold claims that its upcoming tablet will be better than the iPad but I think all of us know what the odds of that are.

It has had the GW620 QWERTY Android phone available in India since some time now, but today onwards, even the new LG Optimus GT540 is available in India. It has been launched at a price of Rs. 12990.

It won’t win any awards for design or performance, but has decent specifications and offers a nice budget Android option. However, I would bve wary of buying any Android 1.6 phone now, especially when Android 2.1 options like the Samsung Galaxy 3 and the HTC Wildfire are available already.

LG Optimus GT540

LG Optimus GT540 Specifications

Dimensions: 109 x 54.5 x 12.7 mm
Weight: 115.5 gms
Display: 3.0 inch TFT display, resistive touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixels
OS: Android 1.6
Memory: 130 MB internal memory, up to 32 GB microSD cards
Camera: 3.15 MP camera, 2048 x 1536 pixels, autofocus
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
Radio: FM radio with RDS
GPS: GPS transceiver with A-GPS
Battery: Li-ion battery, 1500 mAh

LG Optimus GT540 – LG India

Indians to Get 10 Digit Landline Numbers

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that landline numbers, like mobile numbers, have 10 digits by the end of 2011. It recommended that the country migrate to an integrated numbering scheme for both fixed landline and mobile numbers.

Mobile operators are currently facing a severe number crunch in the face of rapid user growth. After the “9” series of numbers was depleted, the “8” series was announced. Even that is likely to get depleted soon. TRAI dismissed a proposal to make mobile numbers 11 digits, saying that it would inconvenience the existing users.

The existing 10-digit numbering scheme for mobile phones should be continued to avoid inconvenience to customers that would accompany any move to shift to a 11-digit scheme.- TRAI.

Shifting both fixed and mobile numbers to an integrated 10-digit scheme would make enough numbers available for further expansion for about 30-40 years.

The integrated numbering system would also facilitate the extension of mobile number portability to fixed lines. MNP will be available in India by October 31, 2010.

Source: Hindu

Sony Ericsson Aspen Released In India

After a long time a new Windows Phone is launched, this time it is Sony Ericsson with their new Aspen. Sony Ericsson Aspen was announced a long time ago but it is finally available in the Indian market.

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Sony Ericsson Aspen is a Windows Phone and runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional. It has a 2.4 inch resistive touchscreen of QVGA resolution with 65k color support. It also has a QWERTY keyboard. A 3.5mm audio slot is also present. The Xperia panels, just like in X1 and X2 is also present.

The internal memory in Aspen is of 100MB and the external microSD is expandable up to 16GB. It also has 256MB RAM and 256MB ROM. Both 2G and 3G connectivity is supported. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g is also present. Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support is also available.

The camera is of 3.15MP resolution but lacks flash. Video is recorded in VGA resolution at 15fps. It has no secondary camera. Stereo FM Radio with RDS support is also present. GPS with aGPS support is available.

Sony Ericsson Aspen will be available in Iconic Black and White Silver colors. Sony Ericsson Aspen is available in Indian market (Kolkata confirmed) and it will cost Rs.15500 (approx).

Sony Ericsson Zylo Released In India

Sony Ericsson’s latest Walkman phone, Zylo is now available in India. Zylo is the first phone from Sony Ericsson to support FLAC audio format. Sony Ericsson Zylo has the latest Walkman 4.0 player.

Zylo

Zylo has a 2.6 inch TFT screen of QVGA resolution with 256k color support. The internal memory in Zylo is of 260MB and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB. Zylo supports both 2G and 3G connectivity.

The Bluetooth 2.1 is present on Zylo with A2DP support. The camera is of 3.15MP resolution but lacks flash. The video is recorded in VGA resolution at 24fps. There is no secondary camera on Zylo. Stereo FM radio with RDS support is also present. Being a low budget phone, GPS and Wi-Fi support is lacking in Zylo.

Sony Ericsson Zylo is available in Jazz Black, Chacha Silver and Swing Pink colors. Zylo is available in Indian market (Kolkata confirmed)and it will cost Rs.8500 (approx).