iWorld

Airtel seeks West Bengal govt permission for Wi-Fi hotspots in Kolkata

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/internet-images/2015/04/11/iworld%20telecom.jpg?itok=X5wIOTjs

KOLKATA: War for internet data market seems to intensify in Kolkata as telecom operator Bharti Airtel is in the process of seeking permission from the West Bengal government to create Wi-Fi hotspots across the city to push data usage.

“We have sought permission from the state government to create hotspots across the city as we are also looking at Wi-Fi service to consumers,” Airtel CEO (Bengal & Odhisa) R S Negi said, on the sidelines of launching company’s 3G service in the Kolkata circle on its recently acquired The Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) 900 Mhz spectrum.

In February, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, the company owned by Mukesh Ambani’s flagship Reliance Industries, rolled out a free 4G Wi-Fi service at Park Street, enabling Kolkata as the first metro city with a 4G-enabled high-speed internet service. The company last week said that four more areas of Kolkata will turn into Wi-Fi enabled zones by next month. The company, which is investing around Rs 3,300 crore to roll out 4G in Bengal, plans to offer the free service as part of a sampling experiment. The official commercial launch will take place later.

Data is turning out to be major focus for the telecom companies, experts said.

While Negi declined to give financial numbers, he said that half of the incremental revenue for Bharti Airtel comes from data services.

He also informed that the company may use 3G or 4G network to fire the Wi-Fi service or in a combination of both depending on the situation.

Airtel is already offering free Wi-Fi on two bus routes, as trial to this mode of service, since late last year.

According to Negi, the new 3G service branded as Platinum 3G will offer better speed for consumers and better outdoor and indoor coverage, while adding that the company is not tweaking with the existing 3G tariff for consumers.

However, the new 3G is only for Kolkata and not Rest of West Bengal (RoWB) circle. Kolkata is the second circle for 3G service based on UMTS 900 after Mumbai for Airtel.

“With the launch of Platinum 3G, Airtel customers of Kolkata can browse the internet 122 per cent faster than any other 3G network, get 36 per cent better indoor coverage and enjoy extended battery life. Additionally, users can stream videos 144  per cent faster than the existing speed. Customers need not to pay extra to avail this superior connectivity and can enjoy Platinum 3G at the existing 3G tariffs,” he said.

This 3G services in Kolkata on the 900 Mhz spectrum will offer better speed than when these services are offered on another bandwidth.

The 3G network in Kolkata is likely to be managed by Nokia Networks, which already has the operations & maintenance mandate for its 2G and 4G networks in the city.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/12/09/amazon.jpg?itok=lFr93H1K
Amazon Prime Video to launch Amazon Original Series 'Hostel Daze' on 13 Dec

MUMBAI: Amazon Prime Video has announced the launch of its latest Amazon Original Series Hostel Daze, created by The Viral Fever (TVF). Marking the first association with Indian youth's much loved content provider, TVF, the five-part comedy-drama brings to life the adventures of four hostel wing-...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/12/07/Amazon_Prime-Video.jpg?itok=aO74Vin1
Amazon Prime Video starts festive month with popular titles

MUMBAI : Amazon Prime Video has started the festive month with an exciting selection of popular titles across Indian and International entertainment, including the returning seasons of two popular Amazon Original Series. Riding high on the phenomenal success of Season 1 and a momentous...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/12/07/Reed_Hastings_new.jpg?itok=ZTpBWhWv
Netflix to spend Rs 3000 crore on Indian content

Netflix is upping its India game significantly as the streaming giant is ready to spend Rs 3000 crore on Indian content for this year and the next. Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings spoke about the investment during his India visit on Friday while illustrating the country’s important in their...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/12/05/Airtel-Bharti%20Airtel.jpg?itok=lEUbfoXc
Bharti Airtel to raise up to $3 billion

The board of directors of telecom player Bharti Airtel Ltd approved the telecom operator’s proposal to raise up to $3 billion in account of the issue of overdue fees it owes the government.

iWorld Telecom
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/12/04/Netflix.jpg?itok=6gUsjdMn
Netflix available in more than 300 mn pay-TV households

MUMBAI: A new report from UK research firm Ampere Analysis has said that Netflix is available in more than 300 million pay-TV households. It also added that more than 50 million of those have come during 2019. The reach through Pay TV partnerships is almost double the company's current global...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/12/04/digital-media.jpg?itok=57evATmW
Esports, streaming wars, shopvertising to dominate digital media trends in 2020

Technology will continue to disrupt and reshape the digital media industry in 2020, presenting new opportunities and challenges for advertisers and media owners. While digital media will continue to grow globally, the coming of new technologies, platforms and digital touch points will force...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/12/03/tvf.jpg?itok=8LU2Lrwd
TVF launches new series ‘Cubicles’ in association with DSP Mutual Fund

MUMBAI: Walking its talk to launch new innovative shows, pioneers in digital content and entertainment, The Viral Fever along with leading asset management company, DSP Investment Managers Private Limited is all set to add a new original to its repertoire with the release of TVF Originals ‘Cubicles...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/12/03/jio.jpg?itok=Gx0G0YDu
Jiocinema to bring Sun NXT’s South Indian blockbuster catalogue to Jio users

MUMBAI: JioCinema, the on-demand video platform yet again surprises millions of Jio users, especially the South Indian Movie Buffs! In association with Sun NXT, the online video streaming platform from Sun TV Network, JioCinema will present the best of south Indian movie catalogue to Jio users...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/12/03/shemaroo.jpg?itok=KIDIlh0c
Shemaroo Filmi Gaane hits the record-breaking mark of 30million subscriber base

MUMBAI: Another feather added to the cap of India’s leading content powerhouse Shemaroo Entertainment. Its leading YouTube channel Shemaroo Filmi Gaane hits an outstanding mark of 30 million subscriber base. Shemaroo Filmi Gaane YouTube channel is the 5th most subscribed channel in India and...

iWorld Social Media

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories