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  • Harshad Joshi 5:31 am on August 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3G, , , , QoS,   

    BSNL to launch 3G in Pune 

    BSNL has planned to launch 3G in Pune, Maharashtra. BSNL is the state owned public limited company. Its the biggest POTS provider and it also provides cellular, wll and internet services. BSNL has planned to invest Rs 300 crore and initially, it will serve about 2000 BSNL customers. Later, in end 2008, they will expand it once the GOI finalizes the 3G deal. To use 3G, you will need to pay 725 per month..

    Q. What is 3G ?

    Ans. 3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology, after 2G. It is based on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) family of standards under the International Mobile Telecommunications programme, “IMT-2000“. 3G technologies enable network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving greater network capacity through improved spectral efficiency. Services include wide-area wireless voice telephony and broadband wireless data, all in a mobile environment.

    Unlike IEEE 802.11 networks, 3G networks are wide area cellular telephone networks which evolved to incorporate high-speed internet access and video telephony. IEEE 802.11 networks are short range, high-bandwidth networks primarily developed for data.

    Features

    The most significant feature of 3G mobile technology is that it supports greater numbers of voice and data customers — especially in urban areas — and higher data rates at lower incremental cost than 2G.

    By using the radio spectrum in bands identified, which is provided by the UTI for Third Generation IMT-2000 mobile services, it subsequently licensed to operators. 3G uses .6 MHz channel carrier width to deliver significantly higher data rates and increased capacity compared to 2G networks.

    The .5 MHz channel carrier provides optimum use of radio resources for operators who have been granted large, contiguous blocks of spectrum. On the other hand, it also helps to reduce the cost to 3G networks while being capable of providing extremely high-speed data transmission to users.

    It also allows the transmission of 384 kbit/s for mobile systems and 2 Mb/s for stationary systems. 3G users are expected to have greater capacity and better spectrum efficiency, which allows them to access global roaming between different 3G networks.

    Issues

    Although 3G was successfully introduced to users in Europe, Asia, South America (Uruguay) and Africa, some issues are debated by 3G providers and users:

    • Expensive input fees for the 3G service licenses
    • Numerous differences in the licensing terms
    • Large amount of debt currently sustained by many telecommunication companies, which makes it a challenge to build the necessary infrastructure for 3G
    • Lack of member state support for financially troubled operators
    • Expense of 3G phones
    • Lack of buy-in by 2G mobile users for the new 3G wireless services
    • Lack of coverage, because it is still a new service
    • High prices of 3G mobile services in some countries, including Internet access (see flat rate)
    • Current lack of user need for 3G voice and data services in a hand-held device

    My concern

    • BSNL is not known to provide anything called as QoS. Infact, not a single telco or ISP in India ever promises to deliver services on minimum QoS. Even most of the consumers dont bother about QoS. Why this carelessness, I dunno..Astonishing to know that 3G can have upto 2Mbps top speed. BSNL actually provides 2 MB as an elite internet service and that too at a premium price, and they dont gurantee that the upload/download sped will be consistant. Call any of their technical teams, they have got an answer – The server through which you ar uploading might be having some problems..Gosh, I am experimenting on their unlimited plan, and all I can get is a paltry 30 kbps download under good conditions…Are they taking me on a ride?  Is this what they call broadband??
    • Right now, BSNL is promising video calling on 3G. The catch is that many existing customers dont have access to full fledged 3G devices. Also, people having BSNL mobil will be able to make video calls only to those having bsnl as mobil service provider, as no other service provider has got 3G capabilities of now. So, its only bsnl here..Remember those olden days when the BSNL phone used to be dead for major part of day, do we get to see this in case of 3G as well??
    • Why didnt BSNL go in for Apple iPhone 3G when they were actually having resources to provide 3G? Its a waste of money and time for those who have purchased it through Airtel or Vodafone…

    One things good that we are actually getting some premium services in India, however, as a consumer, we need to demand QoS from all service providers, whether its the ISP, telco or even the government that we elect..(or others elect..)

     
    • abhijeet 2:21 pm on August 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      stop using net 4 sum days ,think abt d real world try to experience the real world,lot of things wil make u crazy .try to experince everything ,try 4 India tour…….hope u wil find urself….BEST LUCK…..

    • Buddy 8:38 pm on August 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Abhijeet, You need to learn to balance your life between net and real world. Mature buddy.

    • sachin 5:42 pm on May 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i-phone is a very expensive device for india. You can get a similar featured phone for less than half prize. Sadest part os otis almost two tomes expensive comparing to us or uk.

  • Harshad Joshi 7:54 am on August 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3G, , , Beijing Olympics, Cisco, Delhi, , Kapil Dev, , Mahendra Sigh Dhoni, , Najafgarh, Netgear, Sushil Kumar, , Vijender Kumar,   

    Olympic Medal, Apple iPhone, and me 

    Last two weeks were of great hustle bustle for Indian sports. Abhinav Bindra won the first individual gold medal in 10 m shooting event for independent India, later Shushil Kumar, a Najafgarh lad fetched a bronze in freestyle wrestling, the last one was in 1952 Helsinki Olympics, and on the same day, Bhiwani based boxer, Vijender Kumar ensured a sure bronze in boxing, 75 kg catagory. So far, this has been the best sports performance by Indian in any major sport event, the other mentionable achievements being winning the 1983 ICC World Cup under Kapil Dev, and the 2007 Twenty-20 world cup win under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy. Some people said that Abhinav won gold because he had enough resources to get out of the under facilitated  Indian sports system, we thought, perheps this is the way winners are created. But Sushil Kumar, a person whose father is a MTNL driver, managed to win a bronze in wrestling. True, shooting and wrestling cannot be compared, but I cant help thinking, is the system so bad that you need to be a multi millionaire to win a gold for country? If that was the case, then Sushil Kumar might never had a chance..

    A lesson is lurking in there for budding sportsmen out there

    1. If you are like Abhinav Bindra,a super rich having truck load of money, resources and passion to make it to the top, dont worry for a damm ‘system’ or anything related, just do what you feel will take you to the top.

    2. If you are like Sushil Kumar, or Vijender Kumar, maybe you have to rely on government provided facilities, even though one may say the govt lacks the latest technology and infrastructure, still, thats your best hope and best choice.  The government is too slow to do things, but once in a while, it does produce winners.

    3. Olympic events are great, but thats not the ultimate goal. take for example, a sport like Formula 1 acing is at par with any sports event, I think its the most expensive sport ever known to mankind, we should excel in that too..Dr Vijay Mallya, the head honcho of Formula Force India has got enough money to make a good car..leave that it wont beat Ferrari in near future, but still…their ad shows Shahrukh Khan saying – ‘I want to compete with the best’,  Good luck mate..  😉

    Yesterday, on 22 August, Vodafone and Airtel launched Apple iPhone ‘officially’ in India. Originally, the iPhone sported a tag of $499 and $799, many Indians thought they might lay their hands on the hyped beauty, however, things soon turned the other way, the iPhone is avaiilable @ a cool 31000/- and 36000/- which is approx $900 in terms of US dollors, isent it too high?? Add to it, 3G is not present in India, the TRAI, the DoT are still a distance from striking the deal with 3G providers, nothings finalized..then why do I need to buy a pretty expensive wifi device? I could go in for Netgear or cisco routers, they allow great wifi features..No doubt Apple iPhone got not so great response in the Indian market. Mr Steve Jobs, dont take Indians for granted, they will pay you more if you give them what they need, but no chance if you provide half baked products at an exotic price.

    The Apple iPhone has got several limitations.

    1. You cannot forward an sms.

    2. No bluetooth present. Apple tries to fill this gap, expecting that wifi will overtake bluetooth devices, but then they will have to wait for some time.

    3. A 2 MP camera, no flash, no video. No takers for this one.

    Now, about me..

    Well, me had pretty ordinary week, barring a few lectures by people, everything was the same as usual. Trying hard to overcome the rage, and I think I will be successful in doing it. 🙂

     
    • amit singh 7:44 am on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i am shooter from indion army

  • Harshad Joshi 8:47 am on January 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3G, , , CDMA, , , iPod Touch, Japan, NTT DoCoMo, RIM Blackberry Bold 9000, Smartphones,   

    Apple iPhone – The evening after in India and rest of Asia 

    Apple iPhone is todays equivalent example of Sony Walkman of yesterday. Theres no path breaking features that it offers, but apparantly, its PDA and smartphone capabilities(alongwith very good marketting) can help Apple to reach a wide customer base and also it will give comman non technical consumers the chance to learn the Apple way of design and operation. As it is many people just drool over the lean mean Mac, its time to have one in pocket and let the world drool. I would personally take it as a PDA device with the capacities of the Mac OS. Now-a-days many PDA have a crossover as a mobile device and a PDA or a portable handheld. It would have been much better had Mr Jobs introduced it as a iPod+PDA and not a smartphone+PDA..

    As far as Indian market is concerned, I think that people will literally do anything to get this fabulous PDA. Reasons of it not used as a smartphone are

    1. India dosent have an EDGE capable network as of 11 jan 07.(If theres any, please market yourself more guys. I think former BPL had this, but not clear about it) GPRS is present, but the operators charge it like hell, and a its an example of a paradox that BSNL broadband is much cheaper and affordable then the GPRS provided by blokes like Airtel, Hutch, !dea and the CDMA players like Reliance and Tata Indicom.

    2. 3G is absent. My motorazr can take a 2.5G and 3G, but as of now, I dont think that any provider has this facility.

    3. Nokia already dominates the hi-end market in India, but it never markets its any smartphone as a PDA. Nor does it offer any features as compared to the iPhone, although their N-series has got some serious multimedia features. Theres pretty tough competition for survival.

    The asian market is full of varied diversities. Japan has got its own NTT DoCoMo, India has got WLL, CDMA, GSM, and all are incompaitable with each other. I hope that by the time iPhone reaches Asian market, the final picture will become much clear, and hopefully, the Apple iPhone will give Apple and consumers a great functionality.

    Update on June 25, 2008.

    Apple iPhone is to be launched in India by Vodafone. To book your iPhone in India, sms IPHONE to 56789. The price of iPhone is expected to be around 25000 + taxes. So get your savings out for this beauty.. 😉

    Update on July 11, 2008.

    Please check out this link which shows an Apple iPhone in India. According to it, IPhone will be officially available in September 2008.

    Update on July 22, 2008.

    RIM Blackberry Bold 9000 is the deemed Apple iPhone killer, this link says so..

    Update on August 22, 2008

    Rejoice, the Apple iPhone to cost Rs 31000/- for 8 GB model and Rs 36000/- for the 16 CG model. Add to it the absence of 3G in India. Enjoy.. 😉

     
    • Recho 3:23 pm on January 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      in bangalore, both hutch and airtel offer edge connectivity. i’m not too sure of the others.

    • Harshad Joshi 8:43 am on January 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks.

    • Sujit Soman 2:23 am on March 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the info., it’s wait and watch ultimately for us…

    • sarab 6:44 am on March 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      well if you think about it dis way……a brilliant video mp3 player with an amazing touchscreen pda features…u will be enticed to buy it

    • suman 5:27 pm on March 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Airtel already offers GPRS with EDGE in all major cities – though it doesn’t do much publicity about it.

    • Gagan 12:08 am on March 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      All leading service providers provide GPRS with EDGE connectivity. No wonder that since 2005, most of the phones launched in India already feature EDGE capability. The service has been around for a long time now.

      In Mumbai, players providing EDGE networks are Hutch, BPL and Airtel.

    • chinmoy 10:26 am on March 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      can u guys tell me from where can i buy an iphone???

    • Harshad Joshi 5:22 pm on March 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Oh no..I wont tell… 😉

    • Johnson 7:07 pm on June 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      When would the i-phone launch in India

    • Vihang 10:50 am on July 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      True, they are EDGE networks. But they are only local EDGE networks. Just like the pseudo-broadband service we get in INDIA, the EDGE networks are not really EDGE. It’s Indian-EDGE. Worse but good enough for people who don’t know what speeds should be

    • Harshad Joshi 12:42 pm on July 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @vihang
      Thats scary….!

    • Himani 5:20 pm on July 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Is iphone available in india now? I wanted to know if the only way to order it is through the net or it’s hit the indian markets? How much would it cost approximately?

    • Harshad Joshi 6:23 pm on July 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Himan

      Launching iPhone in Asia is going to take a lot of time, might be the next year…

      Till then you can enjoy Nokia N-series or Motorola handsets which has got competitive features including camera, GPRS, EDGE, music player etc, you can even try out the Blackberry Pearl available in India from Airtel and Hutch.

    • Mandeep Manchanda 7:48 am on August 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I am waiting for the I phone to be lunched in India from past 1 year.

    • Mandeep Manchanda 7:50 am on August 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I am waiting for the I phone to be lunched in India from past 1 year. So any information when it is going to lunched.

    • Siddharth Mehta 6:30 am on October 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i already OWN an iPHONE in Bangalore, INDIA. I got it from US, cracked it, and i’m using it on the Hutch network.

      The UI is good enough.. intuitive, and requires almost prior knowledge.

      Haven’t really used edge, cos i use WiFi at home.

    • Syed 9:55 am on December 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Siddharth..
      Iam from bangalore..one of myfriend is bringing iphone this december for me.Can u please tell me how to unlock it?..
      thanks

      my cell no 9980125708

    • Harshad Joshi 11:44 am on December 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Did you guys take a look at Apple iPod Touch? Its same as the iPhone except for a more lean design and less phone features.. 🙂

    • Humera Patel 6:15 am on December 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Siddharth Mehta,

      I am planning to give my boyfriend an iphone. Will you be able to help me suprise him please? I will be coming to India in Jan 2008. Please help! I will owe you my first born child (Just messin!!!)

      U can email me with details on how to unlock it at humera1@gmail.com

      Thanks!

    • Vikas 10:08 am on February 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi,
      When will the Apple iphone going to be launched India? and its price?????

    • Harshad Joshi 4:48 pm on February 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Vikas
      The iPhone will be available in mid July 08 or early 2009 in India and will cost approximately 15000/- and above, depending upon the facilities in India and enhancements made to iPhone.

    • Kevin Quadros 6:37 am on March 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Coud you please let me know if the IPhone Mac OS will have any problems interfacing with MS Office[Windows OS] and how to unlock it

    • Kevin Quadros 6:38 am on March 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry.. my mail id is kevinquaddy@gmail.com

    • Prasad 12:17 pm on June 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Whats the MRP Price in india for apple iphone and where we have to buy in bangalore. Is any tax will apply with 199$. Please reply….. When it will be launched in bangalore..

    • Anand 11:14 am on July 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Airtel and vodafone are officialy launching iphone in coming august or september you can book urs at their galleries the expected price is between 8000-15000

    • Ram 3:24 am on July 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What will be the price of apple i phone in india i want to buy in BAngalore so please some 1 guide me . .

    • Harshad Joshi 4:52 am on July 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Ram
      The Apple iPhone 3G will cost 199$ + taxes ie == Rs 7761/- with extra tax for 8 GB model while the 16 GB Apple iPhne will cost around 299$ == Rs 11661/-

      Expect the iPhone to be launched in India around September 2008 and later.

    • Niharika 12:25 pm on July 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi is blackbery better than i phone , in terms of Emails access

    • Harshad Joshi 2:06 pm on July 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Niharika

      RIMs Blackberry’s new device “Bold 9000″ is a deadly match with iPhone.Blackberry still remains email-king. iPhone’s email client needs to be more powerful.There are actually different audiences for both Blackberry and iPhone.

      Both the phones are pretty cool ! 😉

      Courtesy http://itsteju.wordpress.com/2008/07/21/blackberry_bold_9000/

    • Madhu 2:20 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      The moment you have been waiting for is here. The new iPhone 3G premieres August 22, 2008 in India. iPhone 3G will be available in 2 exciting options:
      1.8 GB (Black) for Rs 31000
      2.16GB (White & Black) for Rs 36100

    • Harshad Joshi 3:41 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Madhu

      Yeah, I heard that basic iPhone will cost Rs 31000/- including taxes in India. However, the cost of 3G will be seperate, I am not sure if 3G is available in India as yet, talks are still on..

      Gosh Rs 31000/- means a lot of money…I dont think I would ever spend that much amount on a phone, let it be the most beautiful one, I dont care..

    • mohana 4:40 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Guys,

      If the price is 31000 and 36000 for 8GB and 16GB respectively, then i am damn sure it will be a flop show for Steve Jobs in indian market.

      People in india are not much aware of the latest technology what US people are crazy about, we need a phone with good qulity.. since I phone has got good features like Ipod, multi finger touch.. people are much satisfied with this..

      So what i suggest is, give us the basic phone with Ipod and multi touch technology, we do not need the internet device.. we have got so many cyber cafe around to browse.. so if price is 12000 to 16000 deffenetly it will be a good show for Apple in india.

      All the best for Apple..

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