Times of India — NEW DELHI: US-based taxi-hailing app Uber has signed an agreement with telecom major Bharti Airtel to offer free high-speed internet in its cabs across the country. Besides, Airtel will also become Uber’s official telecom partner across India by offering mobile, data and device plans to Uber driver-partners. The service, which has been launched in Mumbai, will soon be extended to other cities.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will invest Rs 6,000 crore over the next three years to set up some 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, its chairman-cum-managing director Anupam Shrivastava has said. “We are now thinking of rolling out Wi-Fi hotspot through capital expenditure model also. We are in the process of having our tender ready. We will be floating our tender and put our own equipment. We will be doing everything,” Shrivastava told IANS in an interview.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: US software major Microsoft Corporation says its newly-developed White-Fi technology can provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to a large section of the Indian population, thus, giving a boost to the Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative. White-Fi or television White-Space technology works like Wi-Fi on a bigger scale. “TV White-Space technology puts the unused spectrum in the TV channels to a good effect,” Prashant Shukla, national technology officer at Microsoft India, told ET.
Marketwired — PARIS, FRANCE — GlobalReach Technology, a leading developer of advanced, carrier-class Wi-Fi software, announced the opening of two new offices in the Asian Pacific region: one in Sydney, Australia and the other in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
IT News — Optus is set to take the lead as the first Australian carrier to deliver a commercial voice over wi-fi service to its consumers. The carrier has committed to launch a voice over wi-fi service within weeks. “Optus is always looking at ways to enhance our customer experience and we’re currently working on exciting developments for wi-fi calling which we expect to announce mid-2015,” an Optus spokesman said.
MSI-ASIA — Sri Lanka’s national ICT solutions provider, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), has deployed Ruckus Smart WiFi products and technology across the Indian island nation with the help of Ruckus’ channel partner Alepo. According to Ruckus, SLT is combining its Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points (APs), centrally managed with the Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG), with Alepo BSS/OSS software infrastructure to help create a seamless, high-performance Ruckus Smart WiFi network.
NEW DELHI: Telecom major Bharti Airtel has said that it has received a contract from Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon to launch Wi-Fi services. Users will be able to access free internet for the first 30 minutes and after that they can buy recharges. “… it has won the mandate for the launch of Wi-Fi services in Gurgaon … With this, Airtel has become the preferred partner to provide residents of the Millennium City an opportunity to connect to world-class internet experiences on the move,” Bharti Airtel said in a statement.
Telstra will start turning off its free wi-fi hotspots from Sunday in preparation for the official launch of its national wi-fi network, which it will charge non-Telstra home broadband customers a fee to access. The telco announced its plans to build a $100 million international wi-fi network within five years mid last year. The network will include 8000 Telstra-built wi-fi hotspots located in old pay phones and a planned 1.9 million hotspots offered by its home broadband customers.
China’s passenger railway transportation system is continuously upgrading its wireless network. Its most recent project is aimed at converting passenger stations into smart stations with high-performance wireless Internet access using state-of-the-art communications technology. Ruckus Wireless Inc. is currently working with Smartac Group China Holdings Limited (Smartac) to build smart WiFi networks that will cover more than 300 passenger stations for three major railroad systems in China—Beijing, Guangzhou, and Lanzhou. The new system will provide comprehensive, real-time passenger data for railway station operators.
HYDERABAD: D-Link, a Taipei-based networking equipment manufacturer, plans to invest Rs 350 crore on business expansion in Telangana. The company has signed an MoU with Telangana government to bolster the local IT industry by improving network infrastructure, investing in the region, and developing new talent, according to a statement issued by the government today.
Chinese internet search engine giant and popular mapping service provider Baidu Inc., has invested $11.5 million in Qianhai Mobile – a local start-up that provides commuters in over 10 cities across the country with free wireless internet access. China Money Network reported that the investment deal, which will be implemented through the subscriptions of shares, also included funding from two Chinese private equity investors; Dongguan Zhongke Zhongguang Venture Investment and Guangdong Zhongke Baiyun New Industry Venture Investment.
NEW DELHI: Union telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that state-owned operator BSNL will provide nationwide free roaming service starting June 15.He also s aid that the government will ensure that Wi-Fi spots powered by BSNL are operational in major tourist spots in the next two years. The government plans to set up 2,500 Wi-Fi spots this year alone. The NDA government is taking many steps to make BSNL, as well as MTNL, profitable again.
Shanghai Lantern Network Technology Company Ltd., developer of WiFi Master Key, has acquired the international top-level domain name Wifi.com and launched its overseas expansion plan. The domain was previously owned by Chen Donghong, founder of Techan.com. At present, the Wifi.com website is under construction and it already shows the logo of WiFi Master Key. Financial terms of the domain name acquisition were not released.
The Philippines will use technology developed by Japan to provide Wi-Fi access in parts of the country with lower connectivity. Japan’s National Institute of ICT will provide a database (pictured) which will allow the Philippines to use unassigned television channel frequencies, known as TV white spaces, for Wi-Fi. The Philippines is rolling out free Wi-Fi in 997 cities across the country, having tendered for the US$31.6 million project last month.
The Philippines plans to roll out free Wi-Fi to nearly 1000 cities by November, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has said. This week it tendered for the PHP 1.408 billion (US$31.6 million) project to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in 997 cities. Town plazas and parks, public schools and universities, libraries, government hospitals, train stations, airports, city halls and central government offices will all have free Wi-Fi, according to the Terms of Reference for the project.
Telstra will switch on 1500 additional hotspots as part of an extension to a trial of its proposed national wi-fi network before June, the telco announced today. Last May the telco revealed plans to spend more than $100 million to build a national wi-fi network before the end of 2015. The network is slated to include around 8000 Telstra-built hotspots (utilising the national payphone network) and a further 1.9 million wi-fi access points provided by its customers.
Networking/communication device maker SerComm has been developing FDD LTE and TD-LTE Small Cell devices for several years and has begun to ship TD-LTE solutions to China Mobile. SerComm expects shipments of Small Cell devices to significantly increase in 2016, according to company president and CEO James Wang. Small Cell devices can offload mobile Internet traffic and increase indoor coverage for 4G networks, Wang said.
Residents of Georgetown city in Malaysia can now access free public Wi-Fi at twice the speeds. Penang state announced that the public Wi-Fi bandwidth has been increased from 75Mbps to 375 Mbps. This allows each user to enjoy speeds upto 1Mbps, up from 512Kbps in the past, in Georgetown city and across the state. The government will spend RM1.84 million (US$498,915) annually to run this upgraded service, an increase of RM300,000 (US$81,344).
“We haven’t reached an agreement with Yangon University to provide the service, because the university hasn’t replied to us,” he said. “But if Yangon gives us an agreement, we will give free WiFi service inside the university.” Yangon University rector U Aung Thu said the university currently provides sufficient connectivity for students, though will take up Redlink’s offer it finds it needs help.
NEW DELHI: Moving a step forward to implement its pre-poll promise of providing free Wi-Fi connectivity across the city, the Aam Aadmi Party government has decided to hold a three-day consultation with various stakeholders from March 24. Government has sought suggestions of interested persons, organizations, stakeholders to send their suggestions on business models, technologies, implementation strategies and any other aspects on email — firstname.lastname@example.org till March 23, an official statement said.