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.
Globe Telecom announced that its has already completed the Globe Boracay Submarine Cable System, a 2 kilometer fibre optic cable system that will upgrade network coverage in the island haven of Boracay. The network modernization program is part of Globe’s nationwide program.
According to the company’s Chief Technical Adviser Robert Tan, the fibre optic cable system will allow existing cell sites to support 3G, HSPA, as well as LTE services in the long-run. The Boracay fibre optics will also upgrade bandwidth capacity in the popular island destination, improving voice call qualities, data transmission, and SMS delivery.
The network modernization program by Globe was made possible through a partnership with China’s Huawei Technologies, a leading global ICT provider. The cutting-edge network is also engineered for a future-proof Globe network.
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Just 14 months after Hurricane Irene threatened the Northeast coast of the US, a bigger tropical storm is roaring its way towards the seaboard prompting evacuations in major cities like Washington, D.C., New Jersey, and New York City. Mass public transportation systems are also being shut down as Hurricane Sandy threatens major infrastructure damage, storm surges, and coastal flooding.
Many telecom companies are readying the arrival of the storm dubbed “Frankenstorm” which is expected to cause extensive damage even outside the storm’s centre. The threats to their networks could cost the companies millions without adequate preparation. Already, resource and personnel are being sent to critical parts of the network to help respond to any emergencies.
Strong winds, rain, and even possible snowfall may threaten telephone lines and even wireless networks across the Eastern seaboard. Telecom operators said generators are already being fueled, and emergency systems are being tested to help manage and maintain network traffic during the storm.
T-Mobile USA, have set up regional Command Centres to respond to any crisis situation Hurricane Sandy will cause. AT&T, on the other hand, has readied disaster response equipment, and its personnel are working closely with regional emergency operations centers to help maintain service and provide temporary repairs on telecom networks. Sprint Nextel is also working with various organizations and agencies requiring communications assistance.
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Egyptian communications giant Orascom is planning to take advantage of Canada’s telecom ownership laws by converting its non-voting shares in Globalive Investment Holding Corp, to common shares. If approved, Orascom’s rights will increase times two, from 32% to 65.1%.
The Canadian government has eased its laws on foreign-ownership of telecom operators. Foreign investors can now own up to 100 percent of local operators as long as they have less than 10% of the market share according to the revenue. Just last year, Orascom had a successful merger with a Russian operator, VimpelCom Ltd. (VIP).
Last Sunday, Orascom said it plans to rename itself as Global Telecom Holding by the end of 2012 after a successful meeting among the board of directors. The plans will be presented to shareholders in an assembly on November.
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