Interview with Prasanna Gokhale, CTO, ACT Fibernet

We interviewed Prasanna Gokhale who is the Chief Technology Officer at ACT Fibernet. The company previous known as ACT Broadband has been offering high speed internet services in India for quite some time and it has been offering speeds which other players rarely offer. In this interview, we discuss High-Speed broadband, Gigabit internet, ACT Fibernet’s expansion plans, streaming devices and more.

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Airtel offers 1000GB free broadband data for 1 year

Airtel Broadband 1000GB Delhi

Bharti Airtel is offering its customers 1000 GB of extra data on some of its broadband plans under its  ‘Exclusive Web Offer’, according to a report by The Financial Express. Currently, the offer is available only to customers of Delhi-NCR who opted for Airtel broadband services on or after May 16. In order to avail the offer, customers can find the ‘Unlimited Internet offer’ on the telco’s web portal.

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ACT Broadband making a strategic announcement tomorrow


ACT Broadband is one of few ISPs in India offering very high speed internet services at reasonable prices in a few cities in South India. The company is expected to make a strategic announcement tomorrow according to an invite which just landed in our inbox.  The invite reads “it’s incredible, it’s fast, it’s about to strike”. The company’s website also has a teaser which says that “We are changing the way you experience the internet, watch this space for more”. We should have more news tomorrow when the company makes the announcement.

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MTNL Mumbai upgrades minimum broadband speeds to 512 Kbps, launches new plans

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has upgraded the minimum broadband speeds to 512 Kbps for all their customers in Mumbai. According to this, all the MTNL broadband customers in Mumbai with download speed less then 512 Kbps will automatically be upgraded to 512 Kbps download speed without any additional charges. They have also launched 2 new limited plans and an 1Mbps unlimited plan. Continue reading “MTNL Mumbai upgrades minimum broadband speeds to 512 Kbps, launches new plans”

Ericsson and TeliaSonera bring 4G and LTE to Sweden , to go live in 2010

When we are all going ga ga over 3G . Sweden might soon get 4G . Ericsson and TeliaSonera have teamed up to bring 4G and LTE to Sweden.

Folks in Stockholm will soon be able watch TV on the street, watch Youtube in full HD in the  car , do a TV show from the country side when fishing and what not ?

LTE or Long-Term Evolution is the future of mobile data and is going to redefine the rules of mobile broadband  networks.

Press Release

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and TeliaSonera have unveiled the world’s first commercial Long- Term Evolution (LTE) site in Stockholm, Sweden – an important milestone in making the mobile digital highway a reality. LTE will transform the mobile-broadband user experience, providing the ultra-high data speeds needed for services such as internet TV, mobile video blogging, on-line video games and the mobile office environment.

The site will be part of a commercial network scheduled to go live in 2010, bringing data rates far above what is possible in today’s mobile broadband networks and allowing Stockholmers to stay connected and enjoy seamless, high-quality, online services even while on the move.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: “The unveiling of this site shows that LTE is no longer the story of the future; it is the story of today. Ericsson, as a leader in LTE development, is proud to work with TeliaSonera to bring a commercial LTE network to life.”

Erik Hallberg, Senior Vice President and Head of TeliaSonera Mobility Services in Sweden, says: “Being at the forefront of broadband evolution means our customers will be the first to benefit from this groundbreaking technology. This first LTE site is a key step towards further enhancing Sweden’s fastest mobile broadband network.”

LTE enables unprecedented performance in terms of peak data rates, spectrum efficiency and delay. Ericsson has already demonstrated peak rates of 160Mbps. LTE can be deployed both in new and existing frequency bands and is designed to minimize the cost of network operation and maintenance.

The evolution of mobile broadband is an integral factor in building sustainable cities that minimize the use of energy and reduce CO2 emissions.


Nokia and CommTel expand broadband in the Pacific

CommTel Network Solutions Australia, a value added re-seller of Nokia’s network solutions, has signed an agreement for the supply of Nokia broadband DSL solutions

NOKIA PRESS RELEASE December 28, 2005

Nokia and CommTel expand broadband in the Pacific

Espoo, Finland – CommTel Network Solutions Australia, a value added re-seller of Nokia’s network solutions, has signed an agreement for the supply of Nokia broadband DSL solutions and related services to a new customer, Telecom Cook Islands Ltd in the Pacific, marking a new market entry for Nokia. Deliveries will begin in January 2006 and the system will be up and running during March 2006. This follows on from a similar agreement signed with Solomon Telekom in December 2004.

The Nokia D500 IP DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) was chosen for the provision of faster Internet access services in these Pacific islands as it delivers integrated IP functionality unlike any other IP DSLAM solution in the broadband industry.

“Having initially launched Internet services in 2003, Telecom Cook Islands is now able to migrate customers from our existing ATM network to the benefits that IP provides for multimedia services,” says Robert McFadzien, Manager, Information Systems, Telecom Cook Islands.

“This represents a milestone in our sales channel structure, highlighting the effectiveness of our collaborators in offering Nokia broadband solutions. As utilities, authorities and operators move towards IP-based networks, the Nokia D500 is a perfect extension to the continuing portfolio of Nokia narrowband and Nokia microwave radio solutions,” says Alf Kysenius, Sales Director, Networks, Nokia.

The Nokia D500 is a complete IP-based multiservice access node platform for providing both quality of service and secure authentication. It supports the latest DSL standards, for example ADSL2+ G, for increased bandwidth, as well as existing ATM-based DSL services. With IP Multicasting capability and telephony utilising fixed-to-mobile convergence standards, such as SIP, the Nokia D500 provides residential homes and businesses access to video, voice and data services, on phones, PCs, TVs and mobile devices.

“Solomon Telekom is now offering fast Internet access to business customers, adding extra capacity, coverage and bandwidth to the existing network,” says Aydin Ada, Manager Information Systems, Solomon Telekom.

Having supplied broadband to customers in the area such as Telecom New Zealand since 1999, Nokia has a renowned track record in carrier-class broadband and narrowband products. Nokia works together with key partners to enable broadband services for more than 50 customers across the globe, covering the European, Asia-Pacific, China, and the Americas markets.

About CommTel
CommTel Network Solutions Pty Ltd, based in Melbourne, Australia, is a specialist company, providing Design, Engineering and Integration of advanced telecommunications systems to Carrier and Dedicated Networks Customers in the Oceania and APAC Regions. CommTel’s core expertise is the application of new and advanced DSL and optical fibre transmission technologies to applications in the carrier, power utility, oil and gas, and transport markets.

About Telecom Cook Islands
Telecom Cook Islands Ltd (TCI) is the sole provider of telecommunications in the Cook Islands. TCI is a private company owned by Telecom New Zealand (TNZ) Ltd (60%) and the Cook Islands Government (40%). In operation since July 1991, TCI provides local, national and international telecommunications as well as internet services.

About Solomon Telekom Company
Solomon Telekom Company Limited is a joint venture company between Solomon Islands National Provident Fund, which hold 51% of the shares, and Cable & Wireless Plc of the United Kingdom which holds 41.9% of shares and the Investment Corporation of the Solomon Islands which owns 7.1 % of the shares.

About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.