Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio which is yet to launch its services commercially will be showcasing its high-speed data offerings at the IPL matches at Wankhede stadium in south Mumbai, Jio will be providing free WiFi access to the 30,000 spectators of the match at the stadium and in turn expects to give a taste of what internet browsing and streaming experience will be like on its blazing fast LTE network when it is launched. Jio is currently testing the WiFi network at Wankhede stadium and its LTE network is also currently in a test phase in Mumbai.
“Infrastructure required to wi-fi enable the entire stadium has been laid out already. And there certainly are plans to offer the Reliance Jio experience to cricket fans watching the matches in action. In fact, trials are already on and the company executives are working on various related aspects of delivering the high-speed internet experience,” sources said.
While IPL matches will be held throughout the country, Reliance chose to offer 4G services only at Wankhede stadium as IndiaWin Sports Pvt Ltd (a group company of Reliance Industries Ltd) owns Mumbai Indians team. One of the eight franchise cricket teams of the IPL, Mumbai Indians will play seven T20 matches at Wankhede, of which the first one against Kings XI Punjab is scheduled for April 12. Among other teams that Mumbai Indians will fight out at Wankhede include Chennai Super Kings (April 17), SunRisers Hyderabad (April 25), Rajasthan Royals (May 01), Delhi Daredevils (May 05), Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 10) and Kolkata Knight Riders (May 14).
Reliance has been keen on showcasing the 4G services and has been testing it in different pockets of the country including select Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campuses and high-streets in a select few states. The company also gave a taste of its 4G services to the corporate sector from across the world at the Vibrant Gujarat summit held in January this year.
BSNL the largest PSU telecom operator which is the national Broadband backbone of India has declared that it will be investing Rs. 7000 crore in setting up integrated 3G, 4G wifi hotspots across the country over the next 3 years. BSNL subscribers will be able to transition seamlessly between 3G 4G cellular network and the wifi hotspots which will work for offloading the data from the cellular network.
“Wifi is an obvious choice for BSNL going forward but it alone cannot be successful. It has to be integrated with 3G, 4G network so that customer can be seamlessly transferred to wifi. In two to three years, we will be investing Rs 7,000 crore to set up integrated wifi across the country,” Chairman and Managing Director of BSNL Anupam Shrivatava said while speaking at TeleAnalysis event.
We had earlier shared how BSNL is setting up hotspots at 10 monuments across the country, now it will be extending its reach to more tourist spots and plans on adding 2500 wifi hotspots by the end of the current financial year. In addition to this, BSNL has also partnered with QuadGen Wireless for setting up wifi hotspots under a revenue share model.
“BSNL is in best position to provide instant bandwidth. We will set up wifi hotspots and BSNL will provide bandwidth for it. We are committed to set up 1,000 wifi hotspots by June and another 5,000 by end of this year,” QuadGen Wireless Founder and Chairman C S Rao said. BSNL plans on expanding its coverage in the south and west zones through its partnership with QuadGen over a span of 18 months.
A team of Columbia University researchers led by an Indian-American engineer has invented a technology that may double radio frequency data capacity. The new “full-duplex radio integrated circuits” (ICs) can be implemented to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio.
Up to now, this has been thought to be impossible: transmitters and receivers either work at different times or at the same time but at different frequencies. ”This is a game-changer,” said associate professor Harish Krishnaswamy who led the team. ”By leveraging our new technology, networks can effectively double the frequency spectrum resources available for devices like smartphones and tablets,” Krishnaswamy added. In the era of Big Data, the current frequency spectrum crisis is one of the biggest challenges researchers are grappling with and it is clear that today’s wireless networks will not be able to support tomorrow’s data deluge.
Today’s standards support 40 different frequency bands, and there is no space left at radio frequencies for future expansion. At the same time, the grand challenge of the next-generation 5G network is to increase the data capacity by 1,000 times. So the ability to have a transmitter and receiver re-use the same frequency has the potential to immediately double the data capacity of today’s networks. Krishnaswamy noted that other research groups and start-up companies have demonstrated the theoretical feasibility of simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency, but no one has yet been able to build tiny nano-scale ICs with this capability. ”Our work is the first to demonstrate an IC that can receive and transmit simultaneously,” he said. ”Doing this in an IC is critical if we are to have widespread impact and bring this functionality to hand held devices such as cellular hand-sets, mobile devices such as tablets for Wi-Fi, and in cellular and Wi-Fi base stations to support full duplex communications,” Krishnaswamy said.
The researchers presented their work at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.
Aircel is buckling up its armour and entering into the 4G LTE battlefield in which up till now Airtel and Reliance Jio have been locking horns for gaining the early movers advantage. Aircel holds 20MHz of spectrum in the 4G LTE 2300 MHz band across eight circles – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam and North East and Jammu and Kashmir. In comparison, Airtel holds 20MHz of spectrum in the same band in 8 circles including the 4 circles of Qualcomm which it bought out and Reliance Jio holds Pan India spectrum in this band.
Aircel has launched a 4G LTE WiFi router which is simply plug and play enabled, which means it is portable unlike the traditional wired broadband routers which need to be plugged in with Ethernet cable for them to be functional. Aircel proclaims that this router is 3 times better than DSL and 20 times better than data dongles.
Aircel 4G Plans and Pricing:
4G super home 10GB- Monthly rental Rs.999 provides 10GB data at LTE speeds after which speed is throttled to 512Kbps for additional 1GB beyond which speed is throttled to 256Kbps.
4G super home 15GB- Monthly rental Rs.1349 provides 15GB data at LTE speeds after which speed is throttled to 512Kbps for additional 1.5GB beyond which speed is throttled to 256Kbps.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday launched an ambitious project of extending Wi-Fi connectivity to Kolkata and its suburbs including Salt Lake, Barasat, Howrah and Rajarhat.
Wi- Fi services were launched in Kolkata’s Park Street at an event where along with Ms Banerjee, city mayor Sovon Chatterjee and a host of other Trinamool Congress Ministers were present.
From a stage erected at the Park Street crossing blocking significant part of its right flank, Ms Banerjee tweeted to flag off the Wi-Fi connectivity.
“Kolkata will be the first Wi-Fi city in the world…in the country. After launching of the scheme it will be knowledge hub in the world,” Ms Banerjee said.
“Over 2,000 km of cables have already been laid. Another 250 km to 300 km will be laid soon… By the end of April the entire Kolkata will be a Wi-Fi city,” Ms Banerjee said.
However, questions are being raised whether the Wi- FI services will be free of cost or not. “Initially, the service will be offered at no cost, subject to fair usage, for individual customers,” a press release issued by Reliance Jio, the service provider, said.