With the steady rise of smartphone users, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is now working on ways to monitor the quality of data services being offered by mobile operators. According to the TRAI, mobile operators’ data services will be assessed based on data transmission downloads, successful uploads via a test server, download speeds, and the success rate of downloads along with drop rate.
The TRAI also said that operators would need to inform the regulatory authority with any changes to their data services plans that are indicated in their website. Data service providers will also be required to indicate clearly the locations where services and plans are applicable. The TRAI will be compiling data on the service quality quarterly.
The new plans from the organization will add to the current assessment of voice services delivered by mobile operators across wireless networks in India. According to the TRAI, improving the data quality services will encourage customers to take advantage of better 3G technology offered by the operators.
The bulk SMSes and even MMSes that has sent thousands of people into exodus from Indian cities like Hyderabad and Bangalore is also expected to impact the telecom operators in the subcontinent, especially after the government has ordered a restriction in the number of text messages sent among prepaid users.
Rumors spreading about increased Assam violence in Northeastern India, coupled by edited videos, have sent many communities in the region into a panic, and the Indian government has looked into minimizing the effects of misleading reports by being more stringent in the communications means.
More than 90% of 930 millions subscribers in India are pre-paid users. Post-paid users on the other hand, are not experiencing any trouble.
The ban on bulk messages may cost telecom operators loss in revenue accounting up to 8%, since operators earn 15 to 18 percent of their revenue through data services like SMS.
Citizens are already feeling the more stringent measures as Indians, especially those part of the Muslim minority, were limited in sending out greetings during the Eid ul-Fitr.
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India’s first 3D Tablet, the Swipe 3D LIFE, was introduced by the technology start-up company based in California, Swipe Telecom. The company said the device is aimed at kids and the youth, looking for a different kind of 3D gaming experience. Swipe Telecom is currently backed by Mantra Venture.
The founder and CEO of Swipe Telecom, Shripal Gandhi, expressed his confidence in the new product, with its 7-inch TFT, five point touch capacitive screen with an 800 x 400 pixel resolution. Not only can the tablet play videos for 5-6 hours, it also has a 2 MP camera.
Mr. Gandhi expressed his excitement in introducing the cutting-edge product he believed would do well in the Indian market. High-tech tablets have been gaining a lot of following, and the South Asian nation has a market which can absorb such products at competitive prices.
The Swipe 3D Life runs on OS: Android 4.03 and has a 4 GB internal memory which is also expandable.
The increased demand for gaming tablets is also manifested in the recent news that Google’s 16 GB Nexus 7 sold out in the US Market.
Reliance Communications, an Indian broadband and telecommunications company based in India, faces new set-backs with Flag Telecom, one of its acquisitions, cancelling its $1B initial public offering. The parent company has been looking to drastically reduce its $7 billion debt and the IPO was seen as a quick remedy. Flag Telecom is one of the largest international network operators connecting the US with Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
The IPO-cancellation is a sign of a weak global economic environment which has seen mixed results from Facebook’s own series of misfortunes, to the more surprising good first-day results of other technology companies.
Flag Company was purchased as an asset by Reliance in 2007, at a time when many US-based telecom companies were faltering. The telecoms in the emerging Indian economy quickly bought the assets of the failing operators, including those providing ethernet services (Yipes) with the hopes of expanding the South Asian businesses globally.
Internal turmoil in the family-owned and run Reliance is seen as the precursor of the company’s falling to debts. The Ambani brother’s professional and personal disagreements divided the company, with Mukesh Ambani taking the energy assets which he has used to expand to telecom and retail, thanks no doubt to the great energy demand in India; while Anil Ambani got hold of the communications sector which has faced tremendous competition from rising telecom-companies in their nation.
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