NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) project for upgrading 2G mobile services to 4G at security sites in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) areas
The Project envisages upgrading2,343 left Wing Extremism Phase-I sites from 2G to 4G mobile services at an estimated cost of Rs.1,884.59 crore (Excluding taxes and levies). This includes O&M for five years. However, BSNL will maintain the sites for another five years at its own cost. The work will be awarded to BSNL because these sites belong to BSNL.
The Cabinet also approved funding of operations and maintenance cost of LWE Phase-I 2G sites by BSNL for an extended period beyond the contractual period of five years at an estimated cost of Rs.541.80 crore. The extension will be up to 12 months from the date of approval by the Cabinet or commissioning of 4G sites, whichever is earlier.
Government chose BSNL for a prestigious project to indigenous 4G telecom equipment so as to achieve self-reliance in the telecom gear segment to fulfil domestic market needs apart from exporting to other markets. This 4G equipment will be deployed in this project also.
The upgradation will enable better internet and data services in these LSW areas. It meets the requirements of Ministry of Home Affairs and the state governments. It shall also fulfil the communication needs of the security personnel deployed in these areas. The proposal is in line with the goal of providing mobile connectivity in rural areas. In addition, delivery of various e-governance services, banking services, tele-medicine; tele-education etc. through mobile broadband shall be possible in these areas.
2G mobile Internet restored in Kashmir from midnight
NEW DELHI: After remaining shut for more than five months, 2G mobile Internet services on postpaid as well as prepaid phones will be restored in the Kashmir Valley from Saturday but can only be used to access 301 websites approved by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, an official order said.
According to a notification issued by the home department of the Jammu and Kashmir administration, access to the internet with 2G speed on mobile phones will resume from January 25.
Access shall be limited only on whitelisted sites and social media applications will continue to remain out of bounds for the Valley’s residents, it said, adding, data services shall be available on postpaid as well as prepaid SIM cards.
The move comes within a week of the administration ordering restoration of prepaid mobile services in the Valley and resumption of 2G mobile data service on whitelisted websites across the Jammu division.
The sites approved include search engines and those associated with banking, education, news, travel, utilities and employment.
The latest development comes after the Supreme Court, in a significant ruling on January 10, asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to review within a week all orders imposing curbs in the Union Territory. The Supreme Court came down heavily on the UT administration for arbitrarily shutting down the Internet, the facility described as a fundamental right by the apex court.
Internet services, landline and mobile phones were snapped across Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of the Centre’s announcement to scrap special status of the erstwhile state and its bifurcation into Union Territories on August 5.
While most of the services except mobile Internet were restored in Jammu within a week, Kashmir witnessed restoration of landlines and postpaid mobile services and Internet facilities for essential services like hospitals in phases.
Source: Press Trust of India
Mobile Internet services again snapped in Jammu region
NEW DELHI: Low-speed (2G) mobile Internet services were once again snapped in five districts of Jammu region on Sunday to check rumour-mongering, a day after the services were restored.
A police official said authorities concerned directed service providers to snap the services around forenoon.
The official said the decision was taken to check rumour-mongering and maintain peace and tranquillity.
Low-speed mobile Internet services were restored in five districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday after remaining suspended for nearly a fortnight.
Mobile Internet services were snapped across Jammu region on August 4, a day before the Centre revoked provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Curfew-like restrictions were put in place across the state hours before the move. However, the restrictions were subsequently eased.
Immediately after resumption of 2G mobile Internet services in five districts of Jammu region, Jammu Inspector General of Police Mukesh Singh had warned of strict action against anyone circulating fake messages or videos on social media.
Source: Press Trust of India
Lava doubles its market share to 13% in 2G feature phone segment
NEW DELHI: Lava International Limited showed tremendous gain in the Feature Phone market with over 100% growth in its market share from 6% to 13% in the Q1 results of 2019 as reported by Counterpoint Research. In the 2G Feature Phone segment Lava came a close second to Samsung with a difference of only 2% in the market share.
Counterpoint technology market research is a global firm specializing in mobile & technology products in the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) industry.
According to the latest research by Counterpoint the Indian Feature phone market is at 400 million users. With this exceptional gain in market share, Lava is amongst the most popular brands in the segment.
Lava was also reported as the No. 1 Feature Phone Brand in India by Cyber Media Research (CMR) in the month of February 2019. Lava had reached the top spot with 16% market share while Samsung and LYF tied at 15% share each.
Commenting on the results, Sunil Raina, President and Business Head, Lava International Limited said, “We have always maintained an extremely strong position in the Feature Phone segment. It is our focus, commitment to empowering Indian customers and most importantly perseverance which have helped us to achieve this. Over the years, we have been building capabilities within India in product design & manufacturing – in order to make valuable technologies accessible and provide reliable products to our customers. We are the only brand to have complete end-to-end control on product value chain within India complemented by our robust distribution network and speedy customer service. This feat is a true testimony of our customer-centricity and we thank all our consumers and partners for the trust they have reposed in us.”
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