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According to to a recent report published by Medianama, India is no longer using outdated systems to block websites, it is using ‘middleboxes’ to do it. 25 middleboxes have been traced to Airtel.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.

Netflix strikes it big in India after partnering with Jio

Netflix has gained millions of subscribers in India after partnering with Jio.

The Jio-Netflix tie-up seems to be working well for Netflix, with Jio offering its users monthly and yearly Netflix subscriptions on its postpaid plus and Jiofiber plans. Netflix is now expecting to gain more than 4 million paid subscribers in India by the end of the year.

Data is not just the new oil, but also the new soil: Mukesh Ambani

Excerpts from Mukesh Ambani’s speech at the leadership summit. He brings very interesting perspective on how digital is going to shape the future. Read on, if you are curious about the next wave of tech.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is now upon us.
The foundation of this revolution is connectivity, computing, data and artificial intelligence.

Mukesh Ambani
It is marked by a fusion of technologies straddling the physical, digital and biological worlds.
Human civilization will collectively achieve more in the next 30 years than what it has achieved in the last 300 years.
The FIRST defining characteristic… is that the world will go from linear to exponential. (more…)

Jio Phone pre-booking crosses 6 million; Delivery starts Sep 21st

Jio Phone pre-booking has crossed 6 million. So if you do a simple math, Jio has received Rs. 300 crores in advance booking!
Jio Phone Delivery Date
Those who have pre-booked the Jio phone will get the phone on Sep 21st.
Jio has the capacity to deliver about 150 million phones in the next six months, says the company.

Are Jio phones made in India?

Contrary to what Jio announced during the launch, Jio phones are NOT made in India. They are imported from Taiwan.

Jio phones are being imported from Taiwan and will land at various locations in India, hence these locations may get the delivery first. Some of the locations where Jio phones will land first are – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
After landing at these locations, the Jio phones will be sent to Jio Centres and Reliance Digital stores from where they will be directly sent to the dealers. The firm will also use the services other logistic companies to make deliveries of Jio Phone. (source)

Apart from opening a new world of Internet to several millions of people, it’d be great to see how net neutrality debate pans out post Jio phone launch.

New Poll : Is Jio Fast Enough?

In no time, Jio has scaled up to close to ~60 million users and with scale comes quality issues.
If you are on Jio network, do let us know whether you are seeing the same level of speed as it was during launch or it has degraded (we are noticing the degradation, hence the question).
[poll id=”3″] And importantly, have other operators improved their data service? If you have noticed that, do let us know the operator/circle details.

OMG! Airtel And Idea Lose 13,800 crores After Jio Announcement

Jio is disrupting it. Between Sep 5 and Dec 31st, Jio won’t charge anything for voice and data.


Key announcements:

  • SMS to be free on Reliance Jio network
  • Reliance Jio to never charge for voice calls
  • Reliance Jio to have 1 million wifi hotspots by mid-2017
  • Reliance Jio to offer 10 data plans • Reliance Jio users to get unlimited data at night
  • Reliance Jio lowest data pack at 19 rupees/day
  • Reliance Jio won’t charge any extra on festival days
  • Reliance Jio to charge less for data on higher usage
  • Reliance Jio data tariff 5 paise/MB or 50 rupee/GB
  • Reliance Jio data priced at 50 rupees/GB

And the impact ? Airtel and Idea have lost 13,800 crores of market cap just after the Jio announcement.

Airtel crashed crashed 9.09 per cent to hit a 52-week low of Rs 85!

Cellular operators up in arms against Reliance Jio

Just as the largest ever spectrum auction is about to start on 29th September, things are getting uglier as Reliance Jio threatened to take legal action against Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) for not providing sufficient interconnect points.

COAI accused TRAI of favoring RJio and even wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office about it.

All Smartphone Users Can Now Get Jio 4G Sim Cards For Free!

After commercial launch and invite-only approach, Reliance Jio 4G is now available for free for all smartphone users. Although official announcements are awaited, reports confirmed that any user can ask for a free Jio 4G sim card from Reliance Digital Stores, using the MyJio app. Purportedly, there were long queues in many places for registration.

LG, Samsung 4G handset buyers to get Reliance Jio services for 90 days

Ahead of its commercial launch, Reliance Jio is now available on all 4G smartphones of Samsung and LG.
Reliance Jio, which is currently doing beta testing, was
previously available bundled with its own LYF mobiles. The service was then extended to a  small range of Samsung smartphones.

They will get unlimited access to Jio services for 90 days. Jio Preview Offer can be availed at all Reliance Digital stores (including Digital Xpress and Digital Xpress Mini), and majority of the modern trade mobile retail chains across the country.

Customers need to submit their KYC documents at the time of purchase of their devices to avail of the Jio SIM under this offer, they said. As part of the offer, users will get unlimited HD Voice calls and video calls, unlimited SMS, unlimited High-Speed Data and a host of Jio premium apps such as JioPlay, JioOnDemand, JioBeats, JioMags, JioXpressNews, JioDrive, JioSecurity, and JioMoney.The offer is valid for a period of 90 days from the activation of the Jio SIM.

Jio Preview offer is part of the test phase of Jio services, which was initially launched for employees and was later extended to family and friends, partners, and vendors.The offer has been progressively opened up for LYF smartphone users and those of select models of Samsung smartphones. Lately, Jio Preview Offer was made available with JioFi (the Wi-Fi hotspot device) at Reliance Digital, Digital Xpress, and Digital Xpress Mini stores.

You may get free Reliance Jio SIM WIth Every Smartphone Purchase

With unlimited usage, Reliance Jio is probably making the right buzz.

However, even now, getting a SIM can be daunting as its available only with LYF smartphones.

Sources claim that Jio SIM can soon be available for free with every smartphone costing more than Rs. 10,000.

Announcements regarding the same is expected around 15th August.

Free Reliance Jio SIM ? Well, expect mayhem for others!

COAI letter slams Reliance Jio for bypassing regulations

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has made a direct attack on Reliance Jio Infocomm, claiming that the company has bypassed regulations to offer full services in name of test connections.

In the letter to DoT, it asked to snap connections offered to 1.5 million users. Reliance has claimed these allegations are baseless and unfounded.

Top telecoms looking to sabotage and malign Jio: Reliance

In a strong letter to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Reliance Jio Infocomm has said that the Cellular Operators Association of India, which represents top telcos, is trying to sabotage Jio’s debut.

Slamming the recent allegations as unfounded, the company added that the body is dominated by few operators.

Telcos : Reliance Jio is Choking Our Networks

In a letter to telecom secretary, Industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has alleged that in name of trial, Reliance Jio is masquerading full blown services.

Since Jio is offering free services during trail period, its users are consuming 25-30 more data than the Indian average, which is affecting paid subscribers of other telcos.

Reliance Jio’s 4G SIM card will now work with any 4G handset

Along with extending the Jio Lyf 90 day offer, RJio has unlocked the SIM for those who purchased the Reliance Jio SIM along with the Jio Lyf handset.

The Jio 4G SIM can now be used on any 4G handset. Customers have been enjoying unlimited data, calls and messages with their Lyf smartphones since May.

Reliance Jio Launches 4G Services But Only Via Invite System

After a lot of buzz about its launch, Reliance Jio is finally reaching out to select customers through an invite system, reports RTN Asia.

Reliance Jio had earlier launched its 4G service for its employees but no major launch for the service was done.

With the special invite, the customers will get a trial SIM and a LYF phone. The invites have been handed out to the company’s employees but they can invite only 10 friends to use the service.

After receiving the invite, one needs to print the mail with the unique code and visit any Reliance Digital or Digital Express store and avail the offer which includes the handset and 4G Service, unlimited high speed data, 9000 text messages, 1500 minutes of high definition voice and HD video calling for 90 days. But valid documents including address and identification proof and a passport size photo needs to be shown for activation.

The invite is valid only upto 15 days from the date it was received and cannot be transferred. International roaming cannot be activated on the sim for the first 90 days of free services either. Also the SIM will work only on LYF phones and on no other handset.

The service has been launched in the telecom circles including, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, MP and Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Maharashtra and Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.