NEW DELHI (INDIA): India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget for 2018-19 on 1st February.This would be his third full-year Budget. So all eyeballs on his briefcase, what Jaitley is going to present for India.
Lets go through Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the apex body of Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) in the country ) Director-General, Rajan S. Mathews pre-budget expectations from Jaitley.
In the upcoming Union Budget, telecom sector is eagerly waiting for some breather and while it has a lot to ask for, below are some key points for which it has made several representations to concerned government departments,”
1. Customs duty Exemption for LTE Equipment required for 4G network and telecom devices
The country cannot afford to lose out in the race of technological up-gradation of the entire eco system, which is the objective of the other equally important initiative of ‘Digital India’. The telecom sector is the biggest supporter of indigenous manufacturing. However, till such time as quality products at a competitive price are available in the country, the government needs to rethink its stand regarding customs duty on equipment, to ensure timely roll-out of networks.
2. Tax Withholding on Distributors’ margin on SIM cards and prepaid vouchers
The issue of tax withholding on discounts extended to pre-paid distributors needs immediate attention. It is important to understand and appreciate that the discount extended to pre-paid distributors is not a commission, as these distributors do not act as agents of telecom companies. However, in order to bring the ongoing litigation to an end, given the low margins earned by the distributors, a lower withholding tax rate of 1% may be prescribed for telecom distributors.
3. Taxability of Right of Way by local bodies
Government introduced the Right of Way (RoW) rules to standardise processes and fix charges regarding setting up telecom infrastructure including towers and optical fibre cables. But poor implementation and lack of clarity has only resulted into a number of litigation and disputes with the local authorities.
Tata Tele Business Services introduces Smart VPN Solutions for SMEs
NEW DELHI: Tata Tele business Services (TTBS) today launched Smart VPN Solutions for SMEs with improved security services and privacy capabilities that are resilient and make it easier for enterprises to connect with trust and security.
Smart Virtual Private Network (VPN) privatizes a public cloud network, extending it with the security of a private network. This helps businesses with a fully meshed network to have a seamless connectivity, ensuring proactive mitigation from any cyber threat. TTBS demonstrated this solution at its flagship customer connect programme Do Big Forum which was attended by over hundred delegates from SME community.
TTBS bespoke Smart VPN is the most efficient, secure and scalable solution for SMEs that delivers a flexible, invincible service experience for voice, video, data and other complex applications. Smart VPN is operator agonistic and offers low cost optimal internet VPN connectivity with managed service security services overlay viz secure extranet access and seamless integration with MPLS. Smart VPN entails end to end data security using sophisticated data encryption protocols to securely transport data traffic over public internet.
Elaborating on the Smart VPN, Vishal Bhat, Vice President – North (SME), TTBS said – “Fast, secure and dependable connectivity is the top of the digital enterprise agenda to manage a data rich future business. Our Smart VPN solutions will enable SMEs to maximise their growth potential, optimise connectivity costs, enhance their customers’ experience and securely extend reach with instant access to cloud platforms.”
Due to challenges in the traditional VPN networks such as limitations on feasibility, high capex on fibre and poor network optimization, TTBS saw a need for an access agnostic, low cost and secure alternate medium. What makes the Smart VPN different from the traditional VPN is the varied business applications it offers along with security and cost.
The company also showcased its recently introduced SmartOffice solution for SMEs. SmartOffice is an innovative single box solution crafted to meet all Information and Communication Technology (ICT) requirements of businesses. It is a powerful combo that bundles voice, data, storage and applications. SmartOffice is affordable, reliable, easy to deploy, and is a perfect choice for enterprises looking to start a new office.
Tata Tele Business Services offers ‘Secure Connect’
NEW DELHI: Tata Tele Business Services (TTBS), one of the leading enterprise service providers of India has introduced ‘Secure Connect’, a new feature to make Cloud computing more secured for the enterprises.
The company announced this at its Do Big Forum, an interactive knowledge platform focused on enabling SMEs to understand the technological aspect and benefits of cloud computing and also apprise them about Secure Connect.
Secure Connect, one of the recent offerings by TTBS which privatizes a public cloud network, extending it with the security of a private network; faster data transfers help data-heavy Enterprise applications operate with ease, and further offers a seamless end user experience while you transition between the private network and the Cloud.
Vishal Bhat, Vice President for Business operations – North (SME), Tata Tele Business Services said, “One of the major deterrent for SMEs in adoption of Cloud services is the issue of data security. In the ever-increasing era of data leaks, a good cloud computing security solution should have an inbuilt security protocol that protects sensitive information and transactions. Our MPLS VPN now comes with Secure Connect–a bridge that offers a private & dedicated connection to leading cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure. Secure Connect is a value add-on to the existing MPLS VPN service offering that offers you connectivity to the Cloud. Through Secure Connect, you get secure enterprise grade network connectivity to the public cloud infrastructure that is SLA backed and predictable.”
The business environment today is highly distributed, with companies operating out of multiple geographic locations. In order to have a cohesive operations and support collaborative working among employees across various offices, it is vital that each facility is able to connect to central facilities. According to the Gartner report there is an expected 21 percent jump compared to $153.5 billion in 2017, led by cloud infrastructure services like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, which should grow 35 percent in 2018 to $40.8 billion. (Source)”
The forum further discussed the existing MPLS VPN being a secure and scalable way of connecting several locations on a private network to cater to the multifaceted needs of a dynamic, growing enterprise, with additional facilities to streamline access to distributed workforces and support real-time information sharing. Nearly 100 delegates from SME community attended the forum.
Matrix to showcase enterprise grade, well-engineered security solutions at SECUTECH
NEW DELHI: Vadodara-based Matrix said that it will participate in SECUTECH – Securing People, Property & Assets, to be held in Mumbai from 5th April to 7th April in Mumbai.
The main objective behind participating in the event is to demonstrate our enterprise grade, well-engineered Security solutions.
In the event Matrix will showcase futuristic technologies from the security domain. The Matrix Access Control and Time-Attendance domain will showcase its newly launched Face Recognition technology for authentication through mobile. This technology enables contactless authentication with precise and accurate authentication. Talking about smart phones, Matrix will showcase its Mobile based Access Control solution, whereby a user can either scan QR code or just twist his/her phone for Bluetooth authentication.
Matrix will also showcase some extraordinary Biometric Door Controllers useful for applications in Time-Attendance, Access Control, Visitor Management, Cafeteria Management and more.
Matrix’s Video Surveillance wing is going to sport a new range of IP cameras incorporating SONY STARVIS series sensors with EXMOR technology. This gives the cameras an edge over others in terms of exceptional low light performance, consistent image in varying light conditions (True WDR), better bandwidth optimization and many other features.
These cameras, when coupled with Intelligent Video Analytics, provide excellent perimeter security and intrusion alerts through various means like SMS, Email, etc. We will also exhibit our Video Management System (VMS) SATATYA SAMAS which can seamlessly automate the parallel working of various systems integrated in an organization. Alongside, we are going to present the recently launched new range of Network Video Recorders that are equipped with characteristics like Cascading, Camera-wise Recording Retention, Database Level Integration and plenty of other distinct features.
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