Internet penetration expected to rise with 3G services roll-out

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3G to transform internet adoption in India

India’s record of internet penetration is currently not very good. It stands at 7% i.e. only 7% of our population has access to internet.

But, our asset i.e. telecom is soon set to change that. India has the second largest telecom sector globally and more people are opting to surf the internet over mobile handsets.

Presently the data rates of internet on phone were not very high, but with the roll out of 3G, high speed browsing on mobile phones is going to be very much accessible on mobile phones. This will include video streaming and conferencing.

To push development in a country like India, e-governance is the key. HT Mint reports

Private firms are also pushing their services on the net, such as for bank transactions or booking movie, rail and air tickets, as they try to keep a hold on operational costs.

The statistics are in favour of mobile phones.

  • Cellphone Subscribers: 752.19 million as of December 2010
  • Internet Users: 80 million Internet users
  • Broadband Users: 11 million users
  • Mobile phone penetration: 63.22% in December, 2010

Presently India has missed its target for broadband penetration.

Mint Reports

In 2007, then president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said that by 2010 India would have 40 million Internet users and 20 million broadband subscribers. R. Chandrashekhar, secretary, department of telecommunications (DoT), said India missed the target because of difficulties in setting up nationwide connectivity, but that could be resolved with the roll-out of wireless technologies such as 3G services.

A huge barrier in India’s low penetration of internet and particularly broadband is the low penetration of personal computers (PCs).

Mint reports

“This is mainly due to the issue of affordability,” Citi Investment Research and Analysis said in a September report.

PC penetration in India was at 4% of its population in 2009, compared with 20% in China, 89% in the US and 98% in Japan.

A basic computer costs at least Rs. 10,000-15,000, whereas mobile phones, even 3G-enabled devices capable of fast Internet browsing, can be bought for about Rs. 5,000.

The country’s largest telecom operators, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Essar Ltd and Reliance Communications Ltd, which spent thousands of crores of rupees for 3G licences, are expected to start rolling out the services soon.

Mint further reports

About 15% of Internet users in India access the Web through their mobile handsets—“a trend likely to pick up with the increased take-off in smartphones and the advent of 3G,” Citi said in its report referring to 2009 data.

It is being predicted that the number of 3G subscribers would cross 107 million mark by 2015, with a compunded annual growth rate of 190% between 2011 and 2015. This would make the 3G penetration close to 13% by 2015.

3G’s acceptance will certainly give a boost to the Indian Economy.

Internet penetration expected to rise with 3G services roll-out – Technology – livemint.com.

Tata Nano heads Gujarat

Nano moves to Gujarat

Tata Nano’s mother plant will finally move out to Sanand in Gujarat.

The Modi government has handed over 1050 acres of land to Tata Motors and according to the press conference. The land will be sold at the market price. Read More >>

Health Ministry on ill effects of mobile

Featured article : Techreef

Ill effetcs of Mobile phone RadiationIn the first of its kind in the history of Indian science and medicine, the health minister A Ramadoss has ordered a test. In a recent study at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), rats were subjected to radiation from mobile phones. They were found to have damaged DNA and a very low sperm count. This were leading reduction in size of testis and infertility. The Union health ministry now wants to find out whether cellphones could have same adverse effects on our health. A study earlier had found out that if cell phones are kept in the pockets of your pants, the infertility levels could be higher. The excessive growth of telecom in India is prompting the medicine industry to investigate into such matters and whether in long term, they could affect the health of people.
This 5 yr study will be conducted by JNU’s School of Environmental Sciences and AIIMS ( neurology, obstetrics and gynaecology,biochemistry)

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13 features of Gmail labs

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Gmail logoGoogle has intorduced Gmail labs that helps you decide the way you use your email. They have added some very cool features and some very basic features in their labs. The following are the 13 things they’ve added to their labs. You can click on the settings links and then click on the labs tab to enable some these cool basic features.

  1. Quick Links
    • Adds a box to the left column that gives you 1-click access to any bookmarkable URL in Gmail. You can use it for saving frequent searches, important individual messages and more.
  2. Superstars
    • Adds additional star icons. After enabling this feature, you can choose which icons you wish to use in the “General” Settings page. This I think is the best feature of the Labs Read more of this post

Orkut post lands IT proffesional in prison

An obscene message about Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi on Orkut has landed a Gurgaon youth in prison. The message was allegedly posted on a community called “I hate Sonia Gandhi.”

The probe began when a Pune Congress activist saw the message and notified the authorities, who in turn asked Google to provide them with the IP address of the person who posted the message. On receiving this information from Google the police found the ‘perpetrator’ –  22-year-old Rahul Krishnakumar Vaid.

Vaid worked for PC Solutions, an IT company in Gurgaon and was arrested from his home. He has been charged under Section 67 of the Information Technology Act 2000 and remanded to custody till the 21st of May.

HCL introduces $350 laptops

Indo-Asian News Service,New Delhi
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Small is definitely big this year. In less than a week after Tata Motors launched its Rs.100,000 ($2,500) car, Nano, another Indian firm, HCL Infosystems, Tuesday launched a laptop for the masses for Rs.14,000 (about $350).
HCL launched two variants of the laptops, called HCL MiLeap X Series priced at Rs.13,990 and HCL MiLeap Y Series at Rs.29,990.
“Our objective was to launch a laptop that will take technology to the masses. We have not compromised on any feature at all and it is just like any other laptop,” Ajai Chowdhry, chairman and CEO, HCL Infosystems Ltd, told a press conference here.

The laptops weigh less than a kilogram with a screen size of seven inches. Both the models have network ports, are Wi-Fi enabled and have the option for a data card.
The high-end MiLeap Y Series laptops are powered by Intel’s Ultra Mobile Platform and Microsoft’s Vista Home Premium operating system.
The Y Series weighs 960 grams and has a seven-inch swivel screen. It also comes with a hard disk drive of 80 GB with Bluetooth and Ethernet network ports, offering full functionality of a personal computer with Internet.The X series notebook looks a lot like and Intel Classmate PC, but rebranded, it has an Intel 915GMS chipset coupled with a Celeron ULV 353 processor running at 900MHz.Specifications

  • Intel 915GMS chipse.
  • Celeron ULV 353 processor – 900MHz.
  • Half a gig of RAM, and 2 gigs of flash storage, which may or may not be expandable.
  • A2-in-1 card reader.
  • Apair of USB ports.
  • Built in speakers
  • WiFi in the b/g flavors.
  • 6-cell battery that should last about 4 hours.
  • weight 1.44 kilograms
  • 7-inch 800×400 color LCD.

Sources:

  • NDTV gadgets
  • slashgear.com

Introducing the Speak India Viewr 1.0

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Speak India viewr 1.0 is a software cum web browser which allows you to connect to all speak India pages and forums with a buttons click. It is a very basic version which allows to visit the speak India blog, without a web browser and also helps you connect to the Speak India Viewr service. This is an effort to spread the speak India movement where we are trying to develop a platform where ideas from the speak India community can be shared and hence bringing all the opinions to a general consensus. Another aim of Speak India movement is to spread such ideas and spread awareness among those who do not use internet or who are not a part of this movement. Downloading this software is just another step for promoting this cause.

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Screen shot of speak India viewr1.0

Software details

Name: Speak India viewr1.0

Version: 1.0.1.6

Publisher: Speak India

The following prerequisites are required:
.NET Framework 2.0
System Requirements

* Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 3; Windows 98; Windows 98 Second Edition; Windows ME; Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Basic; Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Starter; Windows Vista Ultimate; Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition; Windows XP Service Pack 2

* Required Software:

o Windows Installer 3.0 (except for Windows 98/ME, which require Windows Installer 2.0 or later). Windows Installer 3.1 or later is recommended.
o IE 5.01 or later: You must also be running Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later for all installations of the .NET Framework.
* Disk Space Requirements: 280 MB (x86), 610 MB (x64)

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