Friday, December 26, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Park Street, Kolkata in X-Mas days, 2014

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Tata Docomo WiFi (Public, Free for 20 Minutes) Review

Tata Docomo (earlier Tata Indicom Broadband) is offering free public wifi for sometime across the country. However initially the service was limited to certain places of Kolkata like in airport, Park Street area and Saltlake area with many white spots (=no coverage zone). And that time it was not free and plans were too costly for customers, as 2G was cheap.

When I came to know about free public wifi hotspots, I searched a lot of places over Kolkata to get it one. But like Kolkata's late entry into everything, free public wifi hotspots (free is upto a certain time) came late in Kolkata.

Anyway scenario has been changed, now many service providers are offerring free public wifi for certain period of time. I have tested Tata Docomo Wifi at Diamond Plaza Mall, Nagerbazar, Kolkata.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Aircel 3G - Whopping 1.38 MB/s

Aircel is offering HSPA+ services in Kolkata and it's blazing fast. 

On torrent download I was getting 1.38 MegaBytes per second, that's equal to 11.04 Mbit/sec

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Reliance Jio Infocomm - Updates in September-October-November 2014


Last month was pretty busy for Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries.

New Appointments:


  • Anupama Ahluwalia joined R-Jio as senior vice president. Earlier she was VP-Marketing at Coca Cola (India & South West Asia).
  • Former Deutsche Telekom executive Rainer Deutschmann joined as new Chief Products and Innovation officer at Jio. He will take care of formulating the venture’s go to market strategy while overseeing various key software, content and mobile Internet elements of the venture.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Reliance Jio Joined COAI for Cracking Indus deal?

In between Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries had inked another tower sharing deal with world's largest tower company - Indus Towers, which is a joint initiative between Bharti Airtel's tower arm Bharti Infratel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular's parent company Aditya Birla Group.

This is the first time Jio collaborates with Aditya Birla Group's telecom firm by any means. Earlier Jio made two deals with Bharti Airtel for sharing each other's infrastructure and using to access bandwidth

Monday, September 08, 2014

Reliance CDMA Netconnect+ Tariff [September 2014] - Get 24 GB for Rs 999

Reliance has revised its Netconnect+ offerings. Now enjoy 24GB for Rs 999 on prepaid!

Reliance Netconnect+ device price: Rs 799
Bandwidth: Downlink upto 3.1 Mbit/s and uplink upto 1.8Mbit/s

Reliance has wide CDMA coverage as well as EVDO rev A coverage. But at the same time MTS India and Tata Docomo Photon has launched next gen EVDO technology - EVDO Rev B phase II and phase I respectively. MTS currently offers upto 9.8 Mbit/s download speed, while Tata Docomo Photon offers upto 6.2Mbit/s.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Happy Teachers' Day - Beautiful Flipkart Newsletter

Today is 5th September, and it's Teachers' Day in India.

Flipkart sent a beautiful newsletter which just dropped into my inbox.
Check this out:

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

It's Different Music & I like it #1

These days I am too busy, and once I get back to home it's music hunt. Thanks to Alliance's true unlimited broadband at home I check out different types of music over internet. I just avoided Youtube, because it's uncool if someone do like only audio. Soundcloud is the option for them.

Disclaimer: If you don't like Indian music, stay away !!

Here is the list where I found some of best music.
Note that this list contains mostly cover maker singers !

Arjun - YT



Monday, September 01, 2014

Future of Mobile Virtual Players is Bright in India, Provided Regulations at Place

In my last article I explained how Indian ventures via 'PSEUDO-MVNO' route failed to sustain. But in the changed situation in the telecom sector, which includes less competition, exit of most new operators, power to incumbents, standardized tariff regime, expansion of 3G coverage & hence more uptake, upcoming 4G based mobile broadband, agressive growth of mobile internet in urban areas, interest in mobile internet in rural areas, gross difference between rural & urban teledensity and establishment of a new government believing in corporate work culture; the market can find a sustainable & profitable niché for mobile virtural network operators.

There are few steps are needed to boost this never-properly-explored segment of Indian telecom.

A Proper Rules & Regulations for MVNO:
Government of India is yet come up with a proper policy for MVNO. Once it comes, several companies from domestic & overseas market may be interested to enter in India via MVNO. But nobody knows when the final outcome would come in.

MVNO in India #1: 'Not Truly' MVNO Failed in Most Cases

Though MVNO is not legally approved in India, there are several trials of MVNO-like or Pesudo-MVNO operations. World’s one of the most popular MVNO, UK-based Virgin Mobile tied up with Tata Docomo, the telecom arm of legendary Tata Group. Virgin Mobile was selling CDMA & GSM voice and CDMA data over dongles; concentrates on GSM only now – offers voice & 2G internet.

Tata Docomo has another tie up with Future Group – Talk24 Mobile (GSM). It is more like a royalty program for Future’s retail customers. We can’t say it’s flop as no confirmed data available.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Reliance Jio Would Offer Internet via 4G/LTE, WiFi and FTTx; Joins COAI

Jio would offer data in three ways - via 4G (LTE-TDD on 2300MHz & LTE-FDD on 1800MHz), WiFi and FTTx.

At this stage Jio will offer 4G mobile broadband using lte-tdd technology over 2.3Ghz band. This band can be good for high-density population areas like in metros, but in rural and semi-urban areas it can't provide proper coverage without enough no of towers. That's why launch of 4G services will be in metros and large cities at first phase.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Unboxing MBlaze Power WiFi – Pretty Impressive on First Look

Recently MTS India, country’s pure-play CDMA mobile and data services provider has launched a very innovative product – MBlaze 3GPlus WiFi Router Power bank.


The device from MTS India is actually Lava MF800 and it’s definitely a beast in a small package – includes 5200mAh power bank for your smartphones or tablets and usual WiFi router which is powered by MTS’ 3GPlus network which supports upto 9.8Mbit/s downlink.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

List of Indian Loyality Programs by Loylty Rewardz

Loylty Rewardz has several loyality programs with several banks in India. Here goes the list.

State Bank of India - FreedomRewardz
Punjab National Bank - PNB Rewardz
HDFC - HDFC Infinia & HDFC Regalia
Bank of India - BOI Star Rewardz
Central Bank of India - Anmol Rewardz
Karur Vysya Bank – Anmol Rewardz
IndusInd Bank - WorldMiles
Federal Bank - Utsav Rewards
Union Bank of India - UnionRewardz


Note that I am doing some research on loyality programs in India. This post is a part of it.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Virgin GSM 2G Internet Turns Better

In a small update, I would like to say that after 3G goes vial or more mass & pocket friendly, the performance of 2G internet services from 2G-only operators turn better.

I am using Virgin Mobile GSM for a long time, this operator actually uses Tata Docomo's GSM network.

Check out the speed:

RIP, Orkut

People want change, they like it sometimes, sometimes don't. Like they did not like Microsoft's push to adopt MetroUI on desktop users.

Orkut is dead, as decided by Google. Like many unsuccessful ventures Google will kill Orkut - the undesputable king of social networking during 2006-2009. I count this timeframe 'coz I was active that time over it.

There are many memories over it - some are too personal to share. BSNL Broadband Commumity, Bangla Khisti Community, Download Community, my hype over Rapidshare downloads via (E)-lephant, lots of chat history and scraps will stay with orkut.

Whatever we moved to facebook, twitter, Google+ and others. WhatsApp was dropped to us in a perfect time when mobile revolution began.

Anyway rest in peace, Orkut!

image credit: internet

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Happy - Pharrell Williams

While I am busy with my regular routine, enjoy this Happy video !!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Migration to Blink-based Opera 15+ from Opera 12+ (Presto based) [Updated Regularly]

I am a long time Opera desktop user (on Android I use Dolphin) and when the company moved on to Blink from its own Presto I did not move on as Opera desktop version was a downgrade.

However next update to Opera Presto is yet to come, and company's dev team is not caring about Presto-powered version anymore. So I am starting the migration to Opera Blink today.

This is a long process, and I will update here, as soon as I made some movement.

Jump into the water

Installed Opera 18.0.1284.63, installation was straight forward and there is no issues. When you first use it, you have to learn few new things:

Open a new tab, you will find 3 options - Speed Dial, Stash and Discover. We know about Speed Dial.

Stash means where you can dump pages to read on later. [on Opera 12 I use Tab Vault]

Discover is a Flipboard-like stuff which can show you news on different categories and that's too country-specific. This feature was debuted on Opera for Android and now it is available on desktop too.
I don't find it's much useful.

Extensions
Opera has its own range of extensions over there - https://addons.opera.com/extensions

With Blink under its hood, you can also install Chrome's extensions with the help of 'Download Chrome Extension' (a Opera extension), then visit Chrome Web Store. Note only extensions will work, not other apps from Chrome Web Store work on Opera.

My favorite extensions:

Though with Opera 37 there is a native adblocker in the package.
Using our native ad blocker is really simple. It’s deactivated by default, so you need to go to Settings (or Preferences on Mac) and flip the “Block ads” switch to turn it on. To activate or deactivate ad blocker for a specific website, simply click the shield icon in the address bar and flip the switch there.
The ad blocker dialog will reveal statistics showing how many ads you’re blocking on the current page and how many you’ve blocked overall. If you disable ad blocking on a website, the website is added to an exception list, which you can manage from Opera’s settings. You can click the gear icon in the pop-up to go there quickly.


Autofill is back on Opera 16

Opera Menu → Settings (Alt+P) → Manage Autofill Settings →  Add new street address, fill up your details and enjoy!!

Opera 17 allows:
Pin Tab
adding Custom Search Engine (just right click on your fav website's search place > Create Search Engine)


Opera 18: New features

Rocker gestures

Navigate back and forward between pages in a tab's history by rocking your fingers across your mouse buttons.

Tab enhancement

You can now drag tabs between open windows.

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What am I missing with Opera 15+ ?
Powerful customization options on right click, Notes, Proper Bookmarking system, middle click on tab bar top open
I am coming to other points in the next writing.

Vivaldi


Let me introduce Vivaldi - a web browser based on Chromium, but brings back the good ol' Opera feel. It is made by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by former co-founder and CEO of Opera, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. 


I used it but really liked it. However as Chromium uses each tab a seperate process, I am still stick to Opera@USB 12.15.


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Android App Stores [List]


Here goes the long list of App stores available for Android:

Concentrating More on 4G & Tech Trends

This year 2014 turned to be a hectic from the beginning, hence no post on my own blog and very few posts on Telecomtalk.

However as I am getting busy with my work schedule (which actually pays me) I have planned a way-out to balance my interest and work. For some time I don't write on regular topics, rather 4G and other tech trends are my attraction on telecom space.

Photography remains one of the coolest thing in my life. I keep snapping pictures as I wander across Kolkata's streets during night. Check out on Viewbug

Get an inside on India's WiFi progess - Read it on Telecomtalk

Happy reading. :)