October 2007

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Philippines ISPs Going Beyond Basic Internet Access

The traditional Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Philippines are now in the transforming phase, where the new multi-service, multi-focus Internet companies have given new strength to the Internet access industry.  The Internet companies are aligning with the market demands like online games and communications.

According to William Torres, chairman and president of local ISP Mozcom, the availability of broadband and falling rates of broadband services have paved the way for small ISPs that have overtaken their peers in terms of presence and customer base. Meanwhile, the government of Philippines is urging for more changes in the Internet market and is calling  for local cyber cafes to generate demand for Internet usage. William Torres, who is also the president of the Philippine Internet Service Organisation (PISCO) explained “The government's Commission on Information and Technology (CICT) and host of private association are working hand-in-hand encouraging more ISPs to promote access”. He further added  that the government is planning to establish “e-Centers” which can generate demand of Internet usage in rural areas.

Near-Field Communication on Trials in Singapore

Two of the largest mobile service providers in Singapore, Sing Tel and Network for Electronic Transfer announced their plans to do the trial of Near-Field Communication (NFC) services internally in the country over three months until the end of 2007. The services will allow the users to top up to the stored cash value in their mobile phone over-the-air (OTA) via the phone network, using credit cards.

It is estimated that over 1000 merchants will be participating in this trial. 50 staff from Sing Tel and Nets will be involved while over 200 subscribers will be roped in the trial. The executives of Sing Tel and Nets told at the launch that Nokia 6131 is currently the only commercially-available phone model that comes with NFC capabilities but Sing Tel is working with other companies like Samsung, Sony-Ericsson to introduce NFC-enabled phone.

NFC is a short-range wireless connectivity technology commonly deployed in a chip and embedded in handsets such as mobile phones. The introduction of this technology will enable mobile users to make their payments at stores by tapping their NFC-enabled mobile phones on readers. 

Fast Increase in Fixed Mobile Convergence in China

The fixed mobile convergence (FMC) is estimated to increase by 11.4 million in China, as per the IT Facts (http://www.itfacts.biz). In an estimate, the FMC market will grow slowly and they will grow fastly after the commencement of 3 G services between 2008 and 2010. The Chinese business market expect the growth from 0.4 million to 5.6 million  in 2010.

TRAI Puts Restriction on Telemarketer

The Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has put restriction on the telemarketers through unveiling the “Telecom Unsolicited Commercial Communication Regulations 2007”. The new directive allows subscribers to list their landlines and mobile numbers under the 'National Do Not Call' (NDNC) database and opt out of receiving any unsolicited commercial communication (UCC), including SMS (smart messaging service).  The new regulation will bring relief to 230 million telecoms subscribers in India.

The Indian Government's Department of Telecommunications had authorised the National Information Center (NIC) to oversee the maintenance and operation work of NDNC registry. According to the new directive, every Telemarketer operator in India must register with the NDNC database to ensure that they will not include those that are on registry. An update of list will also be sent to the telemarketers every 15 days.

According to the new directive those who will register with NDNC and continue receive unsolicited calls or SMS, can file complain with the TRAI. The errant telemarketers will pay a fine of USD 12.50 (500 INR) per call to the subscriber as penalty.


Slow Uptake of Broadband Services in Malaysia

The government of Malaysia has revised its earlier optimistic IT penetration targets due to slow uptake of broadband services. That resulted in industry observers to call for market reforms. Earlier the government set the target of 75 percent adoption rate by 2010, but only 11.7 percent of Malaysia's 5.5 million household have broadband access.

This disappointing state of affairs promoted a Cabinet  Committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to revise the target down to 50 percent by 2010. The broadband service providers reported that its total broadband customer base was 864,000 in 2006, against a population of 27 million this is mathematically insignificant and work out to 0.32 broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitant. It is being recommended that telecompanies in Malaysia could follow the lead of countries such as South Korea and Japan, to upgrade to fiber networks, to improve the quality of broadband services.

Reliance launches Mobile Financial Portal in India
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Reliance money become the first company in India to launch financial market information across mobiles through launching “Mobile Financial Portal” the first of its kind portal offering a range of financial services and information to its investor. With this launch the company is estimating to trap around 200 million telecoms user base in India.

The tie-up was announced by Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Director and CEO of Reliance Money and  Beerud Sheth, Co- founder and President of Webaroo, the technical partners for this initiative. “This unique initiative will provide mobile users an opportunity of staying connected with financial markets while on the move, irrespective of the status of their network. Most importantly, this service is being offered by Reliance Money free of charge to all, across networks and mobile technologies”, said Sudip Bandyopadhyay.

New Broadband over Cable Speed Record

The new broadband over cable speed record of 120 megabits per second (Mbps) in consumer homes on UPC's cable network, has been broken in Amsterdam by two leading network solution providing companies, Cisco and UPC Broadband. With this, speeds of up to 200 Mbps and beyond are now within reach over cable networks. This was announced at the IBC conference in Amsterdam, Europe's largest trade show for broadcasting and broadband industries.

Cisco and UPC have been the first to take the Eurodocsis 3.0 and M-CMTS technology into the field with a trial in the modern residential neighbourhood of IJburg in Amsterdam. The trial over UPC's existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network, with the most advanced modular cable modem termination system (M-CMTS) architecture with ED 3.0 channel bonding technology from Cisco, is already delivering speeds of up to and over 120 megabits per second (Mbps).

 

3rd Anniversary special issue of egov magazine

Its our extreme pleasure to announce that egov magazine (www.egovonline.in) is going to complete 3years of its long term initiative of creating a knowledge community in the domain of e-Governance. In this three year long journey, egov magazine has done excellent work in providing and disseminating information and knowledge on e-Governance initiatives taken nationally and internationally to the policy planners, industry leaders and the academia. In this great occasion we would like to invite comments, suggestions and feedback from our esteemed readers for improvement and making the magazine more informative.

Please tell us how you have liked the egov magazine and what more you would like us to cover. Your feedback will be printed in our 3rd anniversary issue of egov magazine to be published in January 2008.

 

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