Burning Man simplifies GSM, Develops Open Source Cellular Network

This is the biggest breakthrough in cellular network technology. Burning Man will showcase a GSM network that is open-source, uses solar power and is low cost. Coming to the underlying technology, it introduces VOIP with existing handsets without the need to buy any new devices.

Glenn Edens, one of the founders of the service describes it as,

We make  GSM look like a wireless access point. We make it that simple.

The VOIP used is Asterix and the backend is OpenBTS. This allows them to interfere signals and modify them with ease. The developers are working hard for promotional work are giving away 50,000 cellphones to people who want to try this out. The free cellphones will be given to attendees at Burning Man.

A test network will be present at the conference to test the system in implementation. The test network thus created will be valid only inside of the Burning Man compound and will not be available outside because it needs to get a proper license before going global.

The system does not depend on one type of connectivity only and is flexible beyond imagination. For example, it can take the Internet route to transmit voice. This system looks promising for remote ares who still do not have cellular services.


Videocon To Launch GSM Services in Gujarat

Videocon Telecommunications Limited is all set to launch its GSM Mobile services in Gujarat Telecom circle.

GSM Mobile services will be launched initially in Ahemdabad, Anand, Ankeleshwar, Bardoli, Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Junagarh, Navsari, Rajkot, Surat, Valsad and Verawal. It will gradually expand its network in other parts of Gujarat.

Videocon`s GSM SIM-Kits will be available in all the Next Retail outlets in the major cities of Gujarat. Currently Videocon Telecommunications Ltd has commercial GSM Mobile services in Tamil Nadu, Chennai and Mumbai circles. It has planned to extend its services to all the major states by the end of this September.

For more information on Videocon GSM services, you can call at 9067012345.

Via: Telecomtalk

Reliance Expands ‘Simply Mobile’ Plan For Fixed Wireless Subscribers

Reliance Communications today announced a new plan for its CDMA and GSM fixed wireless subscribers. The Simply Mobile’ Reliance Plan offers one single rate of 50 paise per minute across India covering 24,000 towns and 600,000 villages. With the new plan, RCom extends its simply Mobile plan, where subscribers can enjoy call rate of 50p to any CDMA/GSM number in India,  to the fixed wireless platform Reliance Hello.

Reliance Hello service users can now enjoy all Local and STD calls at Re.1 for a three minute pulse under Pay Per call plan and with Pay Per Minute.  Subscriber can make all Local and STD calls just 50 paisa per minute to any GSM/CDMA network in India.

To enjoy this plan, existing Hello subscribers needs to recharge of Rs.38 for pay per call and Rs.48 for Pay Per Minute which are valid for an year.


Now Watch Cartoon Network Comics On Your Handset

Reliance Telecom along with Cartoon Network will now provide a service to offer cartoon Network Comics to its GSM mobile subscribers. Cartoon comics like Ben 10, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls and Archie’s will be sent to your mobile handset for Re.1 a day. The comic will be divided into pages for visuals and the story. The subscription will be valid for a month.


Mr. Krishna Durbha, Head VAS, Reliance Communications said, Reliance Communications believes in providing subscribers with the most exciting services. With the launch of Comics on Mobiles service, subscribers can now be transported to the imaginary world of comics by merely pressing a button. This unique offering caters to the constantly changing needs of our subscribers and ensures that they don’t miss out on entertainment when they are on the move.

Siddharth Jain, Vice President and Deputy General Manager Distribution & Business Operations, South Asia, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd, said, We are delighted to be associated with Reliance Communications to provide Cartoon Network comics to their subscribers. As the leader of kids TV space, Cartoon Network has consistently offered quality entertainment on the go to ensure an instant and enriching experience beyond the television screen.

The service looks indeed good, but I will wait for them to launch tin tin and more action packed comics.

Virgin Mobile India Launches GSM


Virgin Mobile, known for its get talktime for incoming callshas now announced the launch of its GSM services in India, starting with five southern cities. Virgin Mobile is already offering CDMA service in the country through Tata. It sounds like a wise decision as GSM in India huge compared to CDMA. At the end of September 09, 371 million subscribers used GSM, in contrast to 101 million subscribers using CDMA, according to TRAI.

“We are making a big change in our business by entering GSM, which is much bigger play compared to what we were earlier. Along with that kind of bigger play, some kind of ‘signal’, to show that we have entered, is also very important. And the use of ambassadors is one such step,” Prasad Narasimhan, chief marketing officer, Virgin Mobile tells afaqs!.

Virgin Mobile has roped in rather hot bollywood jodi’ Ranbir Kapoor and Genelia D’souza, who also featured together in a bollywood movie Chance Pe Dance’. Regarding the decision, Narasimhan says, “In the two, we have an extremely good fit for our brand, in not only what we are, but also what we want to be going forward in GSM — which is being the ultimate network for friends to be on. Kapoor is one of the desired guys today, and similarly, D’Souza is known as a next-door, fun-loving girl. And both of them are popular, affluent with recognized faces.”


These faces perfectly fit in for the brand as Virgin Mobile, which is also known for its whacky advertisements, had previously too targeted the youngsters. Virgin will also lower its call rates and SMS rates fueling yet another tariff war in the industry.