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Monthly Archives: September, 2006

Sri Lanka Telecom links up with India’s BSNL

From Lanka Business Online Streaming Fast       28 September 2006 19:00:19 Sri Lanka Telecom links up with India’s BSNL to offer wider choice   September 28 2006 (LBO) – India’s Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Thursday officially kicked off a 1.8 billion rupee undersea cable unit with Sri Lanka Telecom, which will bring down call rates between […]

Baseline Sector Analysis of the BPO industry in Sri Lanka

The final report of the study that was conducted on Sri Lanka’s BPO sector is available for download below as a PDF file (931kb) A Baseline Sector Analysis of the Business Process Outsourcing Industry of Sri Lanka

“Mobile web” moving from hype to reality?

Finally domain names ending in .mobi can now be registered by the general public.  Will this increase mobile content (i.e. content that can be viewed on your mobile phone)?.    A BBC article reports that less than 10% of mobile owners use their phone to surf the web, “due to concerns over cost, speed and poor […]

India’s International bandwidth capacity grows 95 pc

The Hindu Businessline, Thomas K Thomas, New Delhi , July 13Increasing usage of broadband and Internet-based services has prompted Indian international bandwidth providers to raise their capacity by 95 per cent over a one-year period. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, bandwidth owned by various gateway service providers such as VSNL, Reliance Communication […]

DoT demands Rs 2,000 cr more for universal fund

Joji Thomas of the Hindu Buisness Line reported this on August 21, 2006. LIRNEasia research by Payal Malik had recommended USO funds should be technology neutral as well as fund infrastructure creation, but the funds from the USF are not being released as mentioned in this report. Read on… JOJI THOMAS PHILIP NEW DELHI [ […]

Business process in-shoring in Sri Lanka

Finally, a major company has shifted its call center out of Colombo. When will the government call center follow? Telecommunications allows for distance to be overcome. Taking back office operations to Rajagiriya is not enough; there should be call centers in Hambantota and Trincomalee. Now that the SLTL fiber is on its way to Hambantota, […]

100,000 Internet Kiosks Planned in Rural India

Hindu Business Line New Delhi , Sept. 21 The Government is planning a major digital expansion by setting up one lakh rural Common Service Centres (CSCs), which will basically be computer kiosks, at a total cost of Rs 5,742 crore [USD$1.2 billion] , through a public-private partnership (PPP) mechanism. These centres are expected to bridge […]

Mobiles break bones as Africa aims high

BBC Story: Does anyone here suffer from Nebrols (Network Broken Limbs Syndrome) :-)

Beauty parade likely for 3G licenses in India

According to this article that appeared today in India’s Business Standard, TRAI seems to be considering using a base price + beauty pagent mechanism to award 5 licenses (of 5MHz each) for companies to introduce 3G services. The prduence of using beauty pagents needs to be questioned. The failures of 3G auctions in Europe in […]

Nepal officially unlicenses WiFi; so has India: when will the rest of S Asia?

(unofficial translation) Insignia of Nepal Government Nepal Gazette Published by Nepal Government Part 56) Kathmandu, Bhadra 26 2063 (Number 20 Part 3 Nepal Government Notice of Ministry of Information and Communication This notice has been published to notify that the Nepal Government using the authority given by Radio Communication (license) regulation, 2049, part 18 sub-part […]

India tops in bridging digital divide

Ambar Singh Roy, The Hindu Business Line Habarana (Sri Lanka) , Sept 17 It would be imperative for India to replicate the urban competitive model in its mobile telephony segment in the rural areas with a view to improving the country’s ranking in the global digital opportunity index (DOI), according to LIRNEasia, a regional information […]

Why the Indian telecom regulator embraced competition

Sept 12: Pradip Baijal, the former chairman of the TRAI, puts forth his comments on TRAI’s experiences with competition regulation in this article on Rediff. Read the entire article HERE

US West Coast Tsunami Warnings Live Test

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO CONDUCT LIMITED TSUNAMI WARNING COMMUNICATIONS TEST ALONG U.S. WEST COAST NOAA’s National Weather Service will conduct a limited communications test of the Tsunami Warning System in the coastal areas of California, Oregon, and Washington on Wednesday, September 13, between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Complete Announcement NEW STUDY […]

Is India’s exponential mobile “growth” becoming “malignant”?

Inter-operator congestion is choking India’s fast growing mobile market and lack of proper interconnection overshadows its telecoms success story. TRAI is keen to mitigate this crisis. But its authority has been dwarfed administratively. Read the details in

WiFi in the Valley

A consortium of technology companies, including I.B.M. and Cisco Systems, announced plans Tuesday for a vast wireless network that would provide free Internet access to big portions of Silicon Valley and the surrounding region as early as next year. The project is the largest of a new breed of wireless networks being built across the […]


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