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In new BSNL offer, installation charges waived off for fixed line services, 100 pct cashback plan unveiled 0

In new BSNL offer, installation charges waived off for fixed line services, 100 pct cashback plan unveiled

BSNL at present leads the wireline service segment with 55.34 per cent market share. (PTI) State-owned telecom firm BSNL today waived installation charges for fixed line services, which are in the Rs 600-850 range, for new connections across the country. The company will also give 100 per cent cash back on purchase of WiFi enabled broadband modem by customers opting for plans of monthly rental of Rs 675 and above. In a statement, BSNL announced scheme for the “waiver of Installation charges for new landline or wireline, Broadband and FTTH connections (voice/Broadband/combo in all the circles” to attract new customers and push its wireline services.

The company charges Rs 600 for installing any new landline connection and Rs 850 for new broadband connection. “The scheme is effective from today and is not a limited period offer. It will continue till further orders or announcement,” a senior BSNL official said. It announced another scheme “ADSL WiFi modem for Rs 1,500 with It announced another scheme “ADSL WiFi modem for Rs 1,500 with 5 year warranty and 100 per cent cashback” for broadband customers who will opt for any broadband plan with fix monthly charge of Rs 675 and above and purchases the ADSL WiFi modem from BSNL for Rs 1,500.

The cash back will be offered at the rate of Rs 50 per month for maximum of 30 months.

BSNL at present leads the wireline service segment with 55.34 per cent market share.

It has over 1.33 crore wireline subscribers which include 98 lakh broadband connections.

Internet based applications in India have potential to contribute Rs 18 lakh crore by 2020: ICRIER 0

Internet based applications in India have potential to contribute Rs 18 lakh crore by 2020: ICRIER

According to the recent report by International Council for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER), internet based applications in India have potential to contribute Rs 18 lakh crore by 2020 and contributed Rs 1.4 lakh crore to Indian GDP in 2015-16. The report says, a 17 percent increase in the total internet traffic in India in 2015-16, contributed to an increase of Rs 7 lakh crore in GDP, of which at least Rs 1.4 lakh crore was due to Internet-based app services. This puts the internet’s contribution to India’s GDP at about 5.6 percent in 2015-16. “Internet apps and services are disrupting traditional industries.

Regulation, globally, is evolving to strike the right balance between protecting consumer/business interests and encouraging the ecosystem to innovate further,” said TV Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum. “India needs to chart its own course from a policy/regulation perspective considering the significant higher impact on its economy. It needs to resist the temptation to follow global precedence or come up with defining laws without active stakeholder discussion,” Ramachandran further said. The study also said that there need to invest in e-governance app-ecosystem, encourage development of vernacular content, accelerate the growth of Startup programmes, and build awareness among consumers, disentangle regulatory needs, and develop a systematic approach to regulations.

Meanwhile, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said that Broadband is of vital importance to India, as indeed to all customers globally, to ensure digital connectivity as this is the stepping stone to higher productivity as is proven in many a developed economy.

It enhances commerce, improves banking facilities, improves administrative facilities and empowers the public as a whole.

Broadband development is the cornerstone of Digital India and every Indian and remotest location will be empowered through the Digital India initiative.

Government considers merger of state-owned Internet companies 0

Government considers merger of state-owned Internet companies

South Africa is considering a merger of state-owned technology companies Broadband Infraco and Sentech to help accelerate the roll out of high-speed internet to the population within three years, according to two people familiar with the matter. The combined entity will be expected to extend broadband to rural communities that don’t yet have internet access, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the plans haven’t been publicly announced. Broadband Infraco is the country’s second largest fixed-line operator after Telkom SA SOC Ltd., while Sentech has wireless broadband assets and operates signals for South Africa’s broadcasting companies.

The government is “pursuing the rationalization of state broadband assets to reduce the duplication of infrastructure and mandates of state-owned companies,” Siyabulela Qoza, a spokesman for the Telecommunications Ministry, said in emailed comments on Thursday. “It will help to fast track the expansion of access to modern communications infrastructure and services to more South Africans.” “We are not in the position to provide information,” Sentech spokewoman Milisa Kentane said in an emailed response to questions. Broadband Infraco didn’t respond to a request for comment. South Africa’s telecommunications industry regulator announced the auction of new broadband spectrum last year to address a shortage of high-speed internet in Africa’s most industrialized economy, although the move was later opposed by the telecommunications ministry and the two parties have been unable to reach a compromise.

Wireless carriers including Vodacom Group Ltd. and MTN Group Ltd. are seeking spectrum to boost revenue from internet and data-services as voice sales decline.

South Africa is one of the world’s stragglers in Internet access with just 2.63 fixed-line broadband subscribers per 100 people in 2015 compared with 12.25 in Brazil and 30.66 in Japan, according to figures compiled by the World Bank. Talks between Telkom and the government about buying Broadband Infraco fell apart last year when no agreement could be reached on price. Vodacom, the leader in the South African mobile market, has also expressed an interest in the company.

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