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Reliance Jio Fibre launch on September 5, plans start at Rs 700 per month

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NEW DELHI: Billionaire Mukesh Ambani on Monday announced the roll-out of ‘Jio Fiber’ from September 5, promising free voice calls for life from landlines, 100 mbps minimum broadband speed at subscription starting from Rs 700 a month and free HD TV set on a commitment to an annual plan.

Speaking at the 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), Reliance Industries’ Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said Jio will also offer unlimited international calling pack from its landlines to the US and Canada at Rs 500 a month, and that default tariff plans will be one-fifth to one-tenth of existing market tariffs.

“…voice calls from home to any Indian operator – mobile or fixed – will be absolutely free forever. On fixed-line international voice calling, we are today ending the era of high international calling rates on landline by announcing the lowest fixed line rates for international calling…,” he said.

Jio Fiber services would be available on a commercial basis from September 5.

“…the average fixed-line download speed in the US which is the most developed economy is around 90 Mbps. In India even the most basic Jio Fiber plan starts with 100 Mbps speed and we have plans all the way up to 1 Gbps or 1000 Mbps,” he said adding that this would improve the quality of fixed-line data in India.

Declaring that the plans will come at less than one-tenth of global rates, Ambani said Jio Fiber plans will be priced between Rs 700 to Rs 10,000 per month “to suit every budget”.

The plans, will come bundled with subscriptions to most leading premium Over The Top (OTT) applications.

“Also, for the first time in India, we are introducing a disruptive concept for watching new movies. Premium Jio Fiber customers will be able to watch movies in their living rooms the same day these movies are released in theatres,” he said.

This service – Jio First Day First Show – will be launched in mid-2020.

Over the last two years, the RIL AGMs have been a platform to showcase new and upcoming initiatives of the Group. Last year, speaking at the company’s 41st AGM, Ambani had said the Jio Giga Fiber Service will provide ultra-high definition entertainment on TV, voice activated assistance, virtual reality gaming and digital shopping as well as smart home solutions.

It was widely-expected that he would spell out the details of the commercial roll-out of Jio Giga Fiber at Monday’s AGM.

Jio has been scaling up Jio Giga Fibre infrastructure in various cities over the last few months, and half a million homes have already been given access to it on a trial basis.

Ambani said that since its announcement last year, Jio received over 15 million registrations from nearly 1,600 towns.

“And based on these registrations, we have drawn up a plan to reach 20 million residences and 15 million business establishments in these 1,600 towns,” Ambani said.

The company will also offer special mobility service for Jio Fiber users to deliver a platinum-grade service and product experience.

Jio Postpaid Plus will offer priority SIM-setup service at home. It would also provide data and voice connectivity across all devices, both at home and outside, along with family plans and international roaming at a fraction of a cost.

“The experience of Jio Fiber and Jio Set Top Box really comes to life when combined with an LED TV. So, Jio Fiber customers who opt for our annual plans which we call Jio Forever plans, will get an HD or 4K LED TV and a 4K set top box absolutely free,” he said.

Ambani said that Jio which has amassed over 340 million mobile subscribers in less than three years, is now ready to fire four new growth engines including Internet of Things (IoT) for the entire country, home and enterprise broadband services as well as broadband for SMEs.

Revenue from each of these engines will flow in from this fiscal itself.

The investment cycle of Reliance Jio is complete, and about Rs 3.5 lakh crore has been invested in its digital network, he said.

Ambani said that India was “data dark” before the entry of Jio, and its launch has made India “data-shining bright”.

“The potential for growth is immense and half a billion customers, is now I believe well within our reach,” he said. The investment cycle of Jio is now complete, and only marginal investments would be needed in areas to grow capacity, he said adding that this gives the company strong operational leverage and superior return on investments for years to come.

Jio’s IoT platform will be commercially available starting January 1, 2020.

“Jio aims to connect at least 1 billion of these (connected devices) on Jio’s IoT platform. This translates into a Rs 20,000 crore per year revenue opportunity for Jio,” he said.

The company said it has received strong interest from strategic and financial investors for its consumer businesses — Jio and Reliance Retail.

“We will induct leading global partners in these businesses in the next few quarters, and move towards listing of both these companies within the next five years,” he pointed out.

Source: Press Trust of India

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2,927 court complexes across India connected via high-speed Wide Area Network

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NEW DELHI: As many as 2927 Court complexes across India have been connected so far by a high-speed Wide Area Network (WAN) under e-Courts Project. It has led to completion of 97.86 % sites out of 2992 sites conceived to be connected with high speed WAN under the project. Department of Justice (DoJ) along with BSNL is working relentlessly on connecting the remaining sites.

Under e-Courts Project, one of the largest digital networks of the world was conceived by Department of Justice along with the e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India to connect the 2992 court complexes located all over India by a high-speed Wide Area Network (WAN) via different modes of connectivity such as Optical Fiber Cable (OFC), Radio Frequency (RF), Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) etc.

In May 2018 the mandate of providing Managed MPLS VPN services to all these sites was entrusted to the BSNL, which has pan India presence with latest state-of-the-art technology and high-end telecom infrastructure and transmission equipment. The BSNL also has presence at all corners of India, including NE region, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, etc.

Many courts under the e-Courts project are located in far flung areas where terrestrial cable cannot be used for providing connectivity. Such areas are termed as Technically Not Feasible (TNF) and in DoJ’sendeavor to bridge the digital divide; connectivity is being established at TNF sites using alternative means like RF, VSAT etc.

With persistent deliberations, meetings and coordination with different stakeholders including BSNL and the Courts, the Department has been able to reduce the total TNF sites from 58 in 2019 to 14 in 2020, thus leading to saving of public money as the cost of providing connectivity through alternative means like VSAT is much higher. Department of Justice has also decided to use the newly inaugurated submarine (under sea) cable for providing connectivity to 5 TNF sites in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

In the COVID-19 pandemic scenario importance of connectivity becomes greater as suddenly courts are under huge pressure for on-line hearing of cases. The DoJ has therefore constituted a high powered committee with representatives from the BSNL, NIC, e-Committee etc to review the bandwidth requirement in the changed scenario.

The Department of Justice, along with the e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India has taken a major leap towards digital transformation and its success in leveraging digital technologies for transforming the Judiciary and providing access to justice to ordinary citizens is being appreciated at all levels.

As part of National e-Governance Plan, e-Courts Project is an Integrated Mission Mode Project under implementation since 2007 for the ICT development of the Indian Judiciary based on the ‘National Policy and Action Plan for Implementation of Information and Communication Technology in Indian Judiciary’.

The Government approved the computerization of 14,249 district & subordinate Courts under the e-Courts Phase I project ( 2007-2015). The objective of the e-Courts project is to provide designated services to litigants, lawyers and the judiciary by universal computerization of district and subordinate courts in the country by leveraging Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for improved justice delivery. Envisaging further ICT enhancement through universal computerization of all the courts, the Phase II of the project was approved by the Cabinet in July 2015 with a cost of Rs 1670 crore under which 16,845 courts have been computerized.

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Tenda launches all new AC19 High speed Gigabit Wireless Router in India

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NEW DELHI: Tenda, technology is a leading supplier of networking devices and equipment, has  launched its all-new AC19 Smart Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router in India.

The introduction of the new router is an extension to its existing portfolio; will be strengthening existing smart Wi-Fi router line-up of Tenda while providing secure, reliable, and blazing fast Wi-Fi speeds.

Tenda AC19 is a dual-band gigabit wireless router specially designed for households that require high-speed internet access. It supports 802.11ac wave2 Technology and provides Wi-Fi speeds up to 2033 Mbps (2.4 GHz: 300Mbps, 5GHz: 1733Mbps) to achieve the best performance. The new router is equipped with the latest 4X4 MU-MIMO technology of 5GHz band that yields wider Wi-Fi coverage and a faster Wi-Fi speed as compared to regular routers with older 3X3 MU-MIMO technology.

The newly launched Tenda AC19 is stocked with 28nm 1GHz CPU equipped with 500MHz co-processor, dual-core design that helps in faster processing speed and in optimized operation. Also, the router has an in-built signal amplifier used both on 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands of AC19 to enhance the penetration capability and expand the Wi-Fi coverage. It is also the first router from Tenda to use 6*6 dBi external antennas and four data streams of 5Ghz band to provide a better 5GHz Wi-Fi signal.

Tenda AC19, like Tenda’s other AC series wireless router, is equipped with MU-MIMO and Beamforming+ Technology features that help in an unrivalled coverage and stable performance. MU-MIMO Technology ensures a stable wireless connection and increases the quality of connected clients and data processing while Beamforming Technology boosts range for 802.11ac wave2 Wi-Fi devices.

Tenda AC19 comes equipped with full gigabit ports that provide Fiber Internet upto 1000 Mbps. AC19 also supports IPv6, it can reduce the data transmission time and minimizes the lag, provide a better gaming experience. Like other Tenda Wi-Fi routers, AC19 is also equipped with a “Smart Tenda Wi-Fi App” that helps in real-time management of your network.

One of the unique features that make Tenda AC19 stand apart from its competitors is it’s “Smart Traffic Prioritisation” feature which combines both 2.4GHz and 5GHz under one Wi-Fi name, automatically analyze the surrounding internet environment optimizing the Wi-Fi channel/bandwidth while avoiding interference to provide faster signal frequency.

Speaking on the launch, John Dong, Director, Tenda India commented “We at Tenda trust in creating and conveying best expectations of developments and innovation through our determined endeavours. With the dispatch of AC19 Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router, we are carrying present day innovative headways to the Indian market. Tenda AC19 is intended to meet all fundamentals WiFi standards for small offices and high speed online gamers.”

Key Features and Benefits:

· 4×4 MU-MIMO for 5GHz band

· Built-in signal amplifier for main chip

· Supports fiber internet up to 1000Mbps

· USB port for media sharing

· Supports IPv6 protocol

4×4 MU-MIMO for 5GHz band

Powered by 4X4 MU-MIMO technology of 5GHz band, it provides wider Wi-Fi coverage and faster Wi-Fi speed than regular routers with 3X3 MU-MIMO technology.

Built-in signal amplifier for main chip

Built-in signal amplifier used both on 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands of AC19 to enhance the penetration capability and expand the Wi-Fi coverage.

Supports fiber internet up to 1000Mbps

Equipped with full Gigabit ports, it supports up to 1000Mbps bandwidth access.

USB port for media sharing

AC19 provides USB sharing, supporting memory sharing, printer remote access and other features. You can set up a local FTP server by connecting AC19 with a hard drive. HD movies and photos can be uploaded and shared with your family anytime, anywhere.

Supports IPv6 protocol

AC19 supports IPv6, it can reduce the data transmission time and minimize the lag, provide a better gaming experience.

Pricing and Availability:

Tenda AC19 Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router is available through Amazon.in and IT reseller shop at an introductory price of MRP 12500/- across India.

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Nokia delivers five-fold speed boost for NetCologne’s broadband network

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NEW DELHI: Nokia has announced that it has deployed its G.fast solution to extend the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network of NetCologne, the largest regional telecommunications provider in Germany with over 28,000 kilometers of laid fiber-optic cables.

Nokia’s G.fast technology allows NetCologne to extend fiber service into buildings to give end users the option of accessing up to five times faster access speeds, reaching up to 1Gbps. Powered by Nokia software-defined access networks, NetCologne innovates with flexible cloud operations and brings new digital services to market fast in the greater Cologne/Bonn/Aachen area.

As a provider of network infrastructure to NetCologne for the last 25 years, Nokia is now set to support extensive upgrades to 30,000 Fiber to the Building (FTTB) installations, upgrading the last drop from VDSL2 to G.fast technology.

Nokia G.fast 212 MHz technology will not only bring ultra-broadband speeds to NetCologne’s customers, the technology upgrade will also increase operational efficiency as zero touch provisioning cuts rollout costs and configuration time in half. Once NetCologne’s FTTB footprint is transitioned to G.fast, the Nokia Altiplano cloud platform will allow the operator to get better insights in increasing volumes of operational data and automate operations across the entire access network.

Horst Schmitz, Head of Technology at NetCologne, said: “We provide the city of Cologne and associated regions with leading-edge telecom services. Nokia delivered a highly customisable solution that is ideal for the next step in our network plans: bringing gigabit connectivity cost-effectively into buildings. On top, the cloud platform improves our automation capabilities today and for any future devices added to the network over time.”

Sandra Motley, President of Fixed Networks at Nokia, said: “We are proud to work with NetCologne as it embarks on the next phase of fiber expansion. NetCologne becomes a first-mover in the market with SDN-enabled G.fast, which will strenghten its competitiveness. Nokia’s software-defined portfolio enables NetCologne to advance into the cloud era with more agile, manageable and programmable broadband networks.”

Through the deployment, NetCologne will benefit from the following Nokia solutions:

Nokia Lightspan SX – industry-leading G.fast distribution point unit with advanced vectoring capability and highly efficient power circuitry, significantly reducing the power consumption per port.

Nokia Altiplano Access Controller – SDN controller with open programmable interfaces and intent-based networking enables simplified provisioning, reduced cost of operations, automation and portability for future network evolution.

Nokia GPON – (Gigabit Passive Optical Networks) OLTs (Optical Line Termination) – for greater speed and capacity for FTTH, enabling premium Gigabit services

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