News Roundup – Rural Broadband Kiosk, Reliance: Moko, Net Telephony

BSNL’s Rural Broadband Kiosk

BSNL plans to setup 30,000 kiosks by 2011 (on a franchisee basis). These kiosks would extend broadband connectivity to those who have no alternative access to the facility, and to those who have little to spend on such services. The rural people will pay a small fee to access the services.

The company is currently in the process of setting up broadband access equipment in all rural exchanges from where the wireline connectivity will be extended.

Net Telephony

ISPs have filed a petition with the Competition Commission of India against DoT, as the latter hasn’t allowed ISPs to enter the net telephony space.

The ISPs have been demanding permission to offer the service for over two years, but the DoT has been blocking it on the ground that it wanted to bring parity between unified access licence holders that pay between 6 and 10 per cent of their income as licence fee and ISPs that pay 6 per cent. The DoT reckons that if unrestricted Net telephony is allowed, then it could be complementary service to the existing mobile and fixed line telephone services, in which case telecom firms could be at a disadvantage compared to an ISP. [source]

RCom ties up with Moko.mobi

RCom has partnered with Moko.mobi to offer instant chat (one-to-many or one-to-one with real-time integration across both mobile and computers); profile management tools, including user-name, description, image and video galleries, messaging inbox, friends list, tags, editing tools, and privacy settings; and will enable user to upload content via MMS or the Web. It will also offer editorial content to cultivate a positive community. Moko.mobi would run competitions and spark conversation. (source)

Per-second Billing

Now that Airtel has joined the bandwagon, Reliance too is launching is mulling to join per-second billing plan

(also see: MTNL to offer 3G connections for Rs 109 in Mumbai)

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