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Vodafone slashes 4G offer prices after Airtel, Idea reveal explosion of data

Vodafone India renewed efforts to promote its cut-price voice and data offerings in recent days as the latest quarterly numbers from rivals Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel suggested they had given out bigger discounts in the April-June period than anyone had expected.Earlier this week, Bharti Airtel reported that the total

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BSNL halves 2Mbps unlimited plan to Rs 599 from 1,199

Faced with a slowdown due to the emergence of the pan-India competitor Reliance Jio, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has halved the price of its unlimited 2 Mbps DSL broadband plan to 599 per month.The player was earlier offering unlimited 2 Mbps for Rs 1,199.Though cheap by the company's standards,

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TCS to create apps on Siemen’s IoT platform MindSphere

Tata Consultancy Services said it will create applications on MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens.IoT stands for 'Internet of Things' and refers to connectivity between two machines over the Internet, with zero human interface. Examples include a connection between a smart electricity meter at the

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Times Group introduces ‘exclusive’ content online for subscribers

Times Group, India's largest media group, has taken a step towards what may eventually be a paid model for online news by introducing 'exclusive' content for registered users.For now, registration and membership is free. Users can sign in using their Facebook or Google IDs, without having to type a single word.PAID

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Airtel Broadband to upgrade users to 40 Mbps V Fiber plans to beat Reliance Jio

Airtel Broadband, India's second largest wired broadband service, will upgrade nearly all its DSL customers to its new 'V Fiber' vectorization technology that offers speeds of 40 Mbps, compared to 4-8 Mbps under the traditional ADSL 2 technology.Company CEO Gopal Vittal said this would make the copper-based offering more competitive

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Telcos trying to create ‘caste system’ on Internet – IFF on Net Neutrality

Telecom companies are trying to divide Internet traffic into different 'castes' and treat each of them differently and want to extract money from people who create apps, websites and other content, said Internet Freedom Foundation.The IFF was responding to suggestions given to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India by telcos

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Why Reliance Jio will keep data prices low for 2 years: Credit Suisse explains

Wireless data prices in India, which crashed from Rs 250 per GB to about Rs 10 per GB after the entry of Reliance Jio, will continue to remain under pressure for at least two more years, said analyst firm Credit Suisse.That is the minimum amount of time that the new

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Telcos Change Tack as Net Neutrality Fight Enters Final Round in India

If you thought the fight over net neutrality was over with the sending of 1 mln emails to the TRAI two years ago, think again.The telecom service providers, who lost out that in the first round, are back. This time, however, their demands are more subtle, and focused on getting

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Investors starting to understand Mukesh Ambani’s telecom game – Angel Broking

Investors are only now starting to realize the plan that Mukesh Ambani and his telecom brainchild, Reliance Jio, have put into practice, and are therefore driving stock prices of his company higher, said Angel Broking, a retail-only stock-broker.Reliance Industries share prices surged 11% on Wednesday, the first time it has

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Quora imposes restrictions on anonymous users; to pre-screen anon content; stops likes, comments

Quora, the question and answer app that is very popular in certain pockets of population in India and abroad, said has made three crucial changes to its anonymity policy: installing a mandatory screening process, preventing anonymous users from liking and commenting, and removing direct linkage between anonymous content and their

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Reliance Jio carries 80% of traffic on next-gen Internet technology

Reliance Jio, the new entrant to India's telecom landscape, is carrying nearly 80% of its traffic in the next-generation Internet technology, a senior official of the company said.Internet Protocol or IP is one of the languages used by machines to talk to each other. All machines on the Internet use

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BSNL to launch Gigafiber plans, slash FTTH tariff to counter Reliance Jio

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd will launch Gigafiber plans with speeds of over 1,000 Mbps to counter the threat from players like Reliance Jio, the head of the organisation said today."We have a similar strategy and soon we are going to come up with Gigabit OFC connection to customers in select

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India traffic to porn sites jumps 3-8% in November

Traffic from India to major pornographic websites in the world rose sharply in November.The numbers also reveal that Indians use the Internet for accessing pornographic content more often than globally.For example, according to similarweb.com, a website that collates monthly web analytics data, there were no pornographic websites included in the

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Indian Railways releases list of 71 stations with free Wifi, to expand to 709

The Indian Railways has released a list of 71 railways stations in India with free Wifi provided by Google and Railwire, and said the facility will be extended to 709 stations in about three years from now.In addition, several suburban stations in Mumbai -- such as Kulra, Byculla, Belapur and

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Reliance Jio Impact: Online Advertising rates decline in India in November

4G operator Reliance Jio's trial services, which started in earnest about three months ago, has disrupted the online ad industry by massively increasing the total inventory without a commensurate increase in ad budgets.INTERNET EXPLODESToday, Reliance Jio has 50 mln users who, on average use about 1 GB of data per day.

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Amazon India to launch Prime video streaming service

Amazon, one of India's top two online retailers, sent out a teaser today with a promise that Amazon Prime Video is coming soon to India.Prime video is a service like Netflix that streams TV shows, films and other content.The service was launched in the United States ten years ago.At present,

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Reliance Jio’s IPv4 infrastructure under stress

Reliance Jio, the new 4G operator led by Mukesh Ambani, is coming under increasing criticism for slow connection speeds, but our latest test reveals that it is possible increase the speed by making a minor change to the access settings of client devices such as smartphones.Broadly, the issue seems to

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