Monthly Archives: August 2010

‘Telecom ministry not bound to follow regulator’s advice on policy issues’

The telecom ministry is not duty-bound to follow the industry regulator’s advice on policy issues, the solicitor general has said, fuelling concerns that roles of regulators are increasingly getting diluted under this government.

Solicitor general Gopal Subramanium has said the ministry can change the terms and conditions of existing licences and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) recommendations are not binding on the government. The opinion comes after the department of telecommunications sought a legal view following the regulator’s letter that it must be consulted on uniform licence fee

India Plans to Introduce IPv6 by 2012

India will start using IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) from March 2012, according to a new roadmap released by the Indian government.

All telecom and ISPs will have to be IPv6-compliant by the end of next year and offer IPv6 services thereafter, the government said in a statement issued on Wednesday by the country’s Press Information Bureau. Source

Development Communication

Gandhi is a 1982 biographical film based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the nonviolent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India during the first half of the 20th century. The film was directed by Richard Attenborough and stars Ben Kingsley as Gandhi. They both won Academy Awards for their work on the film. The film was also given the Academy Award for Best Picture and won eight Academy Awards in total.

It was an international co-production between production companies in India and the UK. The film premiered in New Delhi on 30 November 1982.

The film begins with Gandhi’s assassination on 30 January 1948, and his funeral. After an evening prayer, an elderly Gandhi is helped out for his evening walk to meet a large number of greeters and admirers. One of these visitors – Nathuram Godse – shoots him point blank in the chest. Gandhi exclaims, “Oh, God!” (”Hē Ram!” historically), and then falls dead. The film then cuts to a huge procession at his funeral, which is attended by dignitaries from around the world.

The early life of Gandhi is not depicted in the film. Instead, the story flashes back 55 years to a life-changing event: in 1893, Gandhi is thrown off a South African train for being an Indian sitting in a first-class compartment despite having a ticket. Realising the laws are biased against Indians, he then decides to start a non-violent protest campaign for the rights of all Indians in South Africa. After numerous arrests and unwelcome international attention, the government finally relents by recognizing rights for Indians, though not for the native blacks of South Africa.

After this victory, Gandhi is invited back to India, where he is now considered something of a national hero. He is urged to take up the fight for India’s independence (Swaraj, Quit India) from the British Empire. Gandhi agrees, and mounts a non-violent non-cooperation campaign of unprecedented scale, coordinating millions of Indians nationwide. There are some setbacks, such as violence against the protesters and Gandhi’s occasional imprisonment.

Nevertheless, the campaign generates great attention, and Britain faces intense public pressure. Too weak from World War II to continue enforcing its will in India, Britain finally grants Indian independence. Indians celebrate this victory, but their troubles are far from over. Religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims erupt into nation-wide violence. Gandhi declares a hunger strike, saying he will not eat until the fighting stops.

The fighting does stop eventually, but the country is divided by religion. It is decided that the northwest area of India, and eastern part of India (current day Bangladesh), both places where Muslims are in the majority, will become a new country called Pakistan (West and East Pakistan respectively). It is hoped that by encouraging the Muslims to live in a separate country, violence will abate. Gandhi is opposed to the idea, and is even willing to allow Muhammad Ali Jinnah to become the first prime minister of India, but the Partition of India is carried out nevertheless.

Gandhi spends his last days trying to bring about peace between both nations. He thereby angers many dissidents on both sides, one of whom finally gets close enough to assassinate him in a scene at the end of the film that recalls the opening.

As Godse shoots Gandhi, the film fades to black and Gandhi is heard in a voiceover, saying “Oh God”. The audience then sees Gandhi’s cremation; the film ending with a scene of Gandhi’s ashes being scattered on the holy Ganga. As this happens, we hear Gandhi in another voiceover:
“ When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.

BSNL, MTNL may delay number portability – just like the 3G auction!!!

Mobile number portability (MNP) enables mobile telephone users to retain their mobile telephone numbers when changing from one mobile network operator to another.

There are growing signs that the implementation of mobile number portability may miss its freshly set October 31 deadline, this time because government-run firms BSNL and MTNL are unprepared.

Telecom regulator Trai has written to DoT saying, “the Authority is apprehensive that unless DoT, which is the administrative department for these PSUs, takes a firm commitment from them, their lack of action will continue to result in further delay in the implementation of MNP.”

Tata Tele offers STD calls cheaper than local calls at 30p/min

Intensifying the ongoing tariff war, Tata Teleservices on Thursday announced half a paise per second tariff for domestic long distance (STD) calls for its CDMA prepaid users, making it cheaper than locals calls.

Tata Tele, which is credited for launching the per second billing model in the country, has launched the ‘Ulta Plan’ for its Tata Indicom (its CDMA offering) users under which the users can make STD calls for 30 paise a minute. But local calls will be charged at 50 paise per minute.

“The offer cuts through the clutter and offers a competitive tariff that makes STD calls cheaper than local calls. The plan will be extremely suitable for heavy STD users, providing maximum value and calling benefits”, Tata Tele regional head (North-Central) Vineet Bhatia said here.

The company, which added about 2.3 million subscribers in June, expects to add 30 per cent more subscribers with the launch of this plan.

Tata Tele, which offers the CDMA services under Tata Indicom and GSM services under Tata Docomo brand, said the Ulta Plan will be available on its CDMA platform only for the time being. Potential prepaid subscribers can avail of the benefits of the plan by recharging their number with the first recharge vouchers available for Rs 58 and Rs 104.

Users can make STD calls at 30 paise a minute for three months from the date of recharge for the first 600 minutes per month, after which STD calls will be charged at 50 paise per minute. Furthermore, SMSs would be offered at a special price of 50 paise for both national and local messages.

Existing subscribers can also avail of this benefit for the first 600 minutes by recharging with Ulta Plan special tariff vouchers available at Rs 26.

3G HANDSET Below Rs 5,000

3G HANDSET Below Rs 5,000

Now that the government has raked in moolah from the 3G spectrum auctions, it’s your turn to savour the benefits of higher speed and better voice quality. You won’t have to scrimp to afford it as 3G-enabled handsets are available for less than Rs 5,000. Consider the Nokia 2730 Classic. Armed with Ovi Mail, Nokia Messaging and an Opera mini browser, it has everything you need to optimise the 3G experience. The 2-inch QVGA display is smaller than the high-end 3G phones, but it is a reasonable compromise at the given price. The features have been beefed up by a 2 MP camera, 4x digital video zoom and a memory of 30 MB that can be expanded to 2 GB.