How Airtel and Jio are blocking websites in India

According to to a recent report published by Medianama, India is no longer using outdated systems to block websites, it is using ‘middleboxes’ to do it. 25 middleboxes have been traced to Airtel. Both the ISP giants are using Server Name Indications (SNI) to block websites. This is similar to the way China goes about blocking sites using the Encrypted SNI (ESNI) method.  Both, Airtel and Jio are following directives laid down by the Department of Telecom (DoT). This means that 76% of all Internet users in India are conditioned by Airtel and Jio’s practices. Jio accounts for 52.26%, while Airtel accounts for 23.64% of all internet subscriptions in the country. This practice is making it easier for the government of India to erect the great firewall of India.

Airtel Launches New Website For Users To Track Project Leap

Customers will be able to get a transparent view of coverage of voice and high speed broadband services and will also be able to see sites planned in their localities. Under project Leap which is a Rs 60,000 cr investment, Airtel plans to add around 23,000 high speed data sites in the next three months.

Airtel Launches Wynk Games, Expands Its Content Portfolio

After Wynk Music and Wynk Movies, Airtel has announced the beta launch of ‘Wynk Games’ which is the latest OTT addition to its content portfolio. Mobile based ‘Wynk Games’ will be subscription free for Airtel users and available at Rs 29 for other customers in the app’s current beta phase.

Airtel’s Wynk Music App Crosses 12 Million Downloads

With the average Wynk user playing over 5 hours of music each month, the app now clocks 5 million music streams and downloads per day. Non-airtel customers can enjoy ad free music and free downloads for the first month. Airtel also announced that it has launched a Windows version of the Wynk app.

Airtel Launches Its Wi-Fi App Across 8 Locations In Delhi

Airtel customers can now download the free Hangout app from Android or iOS store to connect to Wi-Fi zones in Delhi. The Wi-Fi hotspot will be an open platform for users across mobile operators having Wi-Fi compatible devices and will allow users a free quota limit of 25MB per day per device.

Airtel Brings ‘Pay For What You Use’ Plan For Prepaid Customers

Airtel : “While we continue to invest aggressively in our network quality and deploy new sites to further enhance our robust & wide network presence, as yet another token measure of our commitment we are today taking the lead to move our customers to the affordable per second plans ensuring that they pay only for what they use.”

Uber Partners With Airtel To Offer Riders Free In-Car WiFi

Uber riders will now enjoy free in-car WiFi, powered by Airtel’s 4G networks and will also be able to pay for trips with Airtel Money. The partnership makes Airtel Uber’s official telecom partner across India. The scheme will kick off in Mumbai this Saturday, and will roll out pan-India soon.

Airtel Launches 4G Data Services In 296 Towns Across India

Airtel will roll out 4G services in 296 towns across 14 circles, up from the current 45 cities and towns, over the next few weeks. 4G data packs will start at just Rs 25 with prices being similar to 3G data. The company has launched its 4G services ahead of rivals Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Idea Cellular. With voice and data costs being low, Airtel says it will look at customer experience as the real differentiator.

Airtel To Make HD Set Top Boxes In India #MakeInIndia

Airtel Digital TV and Bharti Airtel have taken up the Government’s Make in India initiative to produce HD set top boxes ingenuously. The set top boxes were conceived with MyBox technologies and ST Electronics and will be produced near Pune. They will allow broadcasting at 1080p, the ability to record unlimited shows and access Wi-fi through USB.

DoT Panel On Net Neutrality Opposes Internet .org But Favors Airtel Zero

The report added that collaborations between content providers and telecom operators that create a gate-keeper should be discouraged. is now open to all developers but is still present only to user’s of Relaince’s network. Airtel Zero has drawn a lot of flak and it’s approval will find a lot of resistance from Net Neutrality activists.

Airtel Launches National Mobile Number Portability Service

Porting a number within Airtel’s own networks will be processed within 24 hours. The company is also offering customers free incoming calls on roaming once the MNP request is raised. Prepaid customers will be able to transfer their balance while post paid customers can carry forward their bill amount.