Wednesday, May 30, 2018

BSNL's Delayed Entry into 4G Expected to be a Lacklustre Show

Back in 2007 BSNL made some really great move which marked a benchmarking event on India's wired broadband sector - to upgrade to wired broadband speed to 2Mbps minimum in most plans. Though that time was Manmohan Singh's era, many argue that main game was started during Atal Bihari Bajpeyi's time. Whatever the man stood behind BSNL's growth is actually Dayanidhi Maran, who was minister of communications and information technology (22 May '04 - 16 May '07). 

When BJP came at the power, I personally thought that it will mark another success story of BSNL - however it is not, rather government is on the way of privatization of government assets like Air India is gonna be sold. BSNL may see the same fate with no proper planning and investment, though ministers keep pressing the bell that that will not happen.

Whatever it happens, the loss making state owned PSU telco - BSNL and MTNL will continue to make losses against the competitive mobile market of Airtel, Jio, Vodafone+Idea. 

In February 2018, the telecom minister Manoj Sinha clarified that there is no plan at present to merge these two state owned telco but there will be steps taken to create synergy between two including effective utilisation of human resources as well as land and buildings. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Certificate Courses after MBBS

This article is meant for certificate courses after MBBS. While young medical professionals are running behind post graduation, there is always a need for primary care physicians in India, though Indian laws are sick, people are biggest asses and politicians made people fool that governments do care for them while doctors are not - whole scenario made many doctors to leave this country.

However the certificate courses are very much useful if you're a PCP or want to be updated with latest guidelines. There are a number of such courses - I am sure that I could not list up all but will keep this post updated.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

[Press Release] Cryptocurrency Aggregator CoinSwitch Begins Operations in India

Multiple cryptocurrency exchange aggregator, CoinSwitch launches Indian operations, supporting 100+ crypto-assets

New Delhi, May 16, 2018: Driven with a mission to bring transparency and simplicity in the trade of crypto-assets, Bangalore-based CoinSwitch has launched its operations in India. CoinSwitch is a blockchain-based crypto-currency exchange aggregator platform that presents users with a one-stop solution for buying, selling or converting crypto-currencies across all partner exchanges. CoinSwitch users need not sign-up at multiple exchanges and yet, compare different prices and strike the best bargains.
The aggregator platform further helps users diversify their investments in various leading crypto-assets by supporting over 100 cryptocurrencies in India and 300 across the globe including altcoins, tokens like Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC) etc. Users can access CoinSwitch to also convert their existing crypto-asset in other pairs. The platform currently supports over 7,000 currency pairs in India and over 45,000 across the globe. Owing to its diverse offering, CoinSwitch has been successful in clocking in daily trade volumes worth over USD 1 Million. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Opera R2 Event Unveils Opera Touch and Latest Desktop Version

Opera Software ASA has whole array of internet products including Opera Browser for desktop, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile. 

Opera Software sold its assets - browser, privacy and performance apps, and the Opera brand to a Chinese consortium named olden Brick Capital Private Equity Fund I Limited Partnership (a consortium of Chinese investors led by Beijing Kunlun Tech Co and Qihoo 360) in 2016, and rebranded as Otella. 

In 2017 August Opera sold its Opera Max (browser + data compression + VPN like service) to Samsung. And Opera Max was withdrawn from Google Play Store. Later rebranded Samsung Max was launched in February 2018 for Galaxy smartphones only.

In January 2017 Opera launched its new browser project Opera Neon under banner of Opera Reborn. Later many features of Neon (social networking focus) came to Opera Browser.  

Opera has launched two new stuffs in the R2 event on April 25, 2018. Opera desktop got a new version with some new user friendly features. 

Opera Touch is the second product - another mobile browser available for Android only. Apple iOS version is coming soon. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

5G Update: 5G Readiness Index List & 5G-FWA vs FTTH

China, South Korea, U.S.A., Japan, Germany, the U.K., France, Canada, Russia and Singapore are the top 10 countries in the 5G Readiness Index List prepared by Analysys Mason. 

Reasons of 5G readiness as seen in China - proactive government policies and industry momentum while in United States mobile operators urge to become global leader on technical prospective.

New debate is landed upon 5G domain - Fiber to the home (FTTH) vs mmWave 5G Fixed Wireless Access (or simply 5G-FWA) while telecom analysts are seeing 5G is destined to be in track after 2020. 

Technogy means progress and progress often comes with a technical competition. If you can remember we had seen GSM vs CDMA, 3G vs EVDO, LTE vs WiMax and FTTx vs Wireless Broadband. The next competition is destined to be in between Fiber to X vs 5G- FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) as global analysts are expecting. 

Flickr Got a New Parent: SmugMug

It's been leaked that Flickr is going to be acquired by SmugMug on 20th of April, 2018 by USA Today. 

However being a Flickr user, I got mail from Flickr on 21st of April confirming the same i.e. Flickr got a new parent - SmugMug. 

VoLTE: The Most Emerging Technology in LTE Domain

Globally most of the mobile service providers already on LTE or deploying LTE on their network. As far as we are concerned about Indian landscape, here the big players all are offering LTE. 

As the global trends show the universal acceptance of VoLTE (Voice over LTE) – for offering voice calls over IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) architecture based LTE networks, here in India apart from BSNL, all serious players (Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone/Idea) are launching VoLTE or already launched it. Reliance Jio is completely on VoLTE, while Vodafone is offering it in ten circles, followed by Bharti Airtel in nine circles. Idea Cellular has opened the VoLTE to its employees, which is expected to go official for the users in some circles very soon, but there’s no word on the same.

Reliance Jio is completely on VoLTE, as the telco doesn’t have any legacy voice network on 2G/3G. Others telcos have the Circuit Switched Fall Back mechanism based voice on 2G/3G and data on LTE initially, later they are moving on to VoLTE.

Why is VoLTE gaining momentum in the country? The reason is simple – better spectrum efficacy, refarming of spectrums that is being used on 2G/3G networks, better services like HD voice and video calling are the main reasons.