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Android all the way

November 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Happy news for Android lovers. While the global market for mobile devices is estimated to fast increase in the next year, Gartner predicts that Google’s Android mobile operating system will account for over 56% of the market for business Smartphones in the US and Europe by 2016 – which will be a massive leap from the 34%expected for 2012. Even the Digitimes Research has predicted that Android will become the biggest platform for the tablet devices next year. Globally 210 million tablets will be shipped and sold in 2013 and will surpass laptop shipment figures next year, according to a research report of Digitimes.

Telecom Subscription Data as on 30th September 2012

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment
Particulars Wireless Wireline Total

Wireless + Wireline

Total Subscribers (Millions) 906.62 31.08 937.70
Total Net Monthly Addition (Millions) -1.74 -0.13 -1.87
Monthly Growth (%) -0.19% -0.40% -0.20%
Urban Subscribers (Millions) 571.70 23.99 595.69
Urban Subscribers Net Monthly Addition (Millions) -3.44 -0.07 -3.51
Monthly Growth (%) -0.60% -0.31% -0.59%
Rural Subscribers (Millions) 334.92 7.10 342.01
Rural Subscribers Net Monthly Addition (Millions) 1.70 -0.05 1.65
Monthly Growth (%) 0.51% -0.72% 0.48%
Overall Teledensity* 74.49 2.55 77.04
Urban Teledensity* 154.64 6.49 161.13
Rural Teledensity* 39.52 0.84 40.36
Share of Urban Subscribers 63.06% 77.17% 63.53%
Share of Rural Subscribers 36.94% 22.83% 36.47%

Mobile Number Portability requests increased from 64.92 million subscribers at the end of August 2012 to 69.78 million at the end of September 2012. In the month of September 2012 alone, 4.86 million requests have been made for MNP.

Active wireless subscribers on the date of Peak VLR in September 2012 are 698.96 Million, 77.10% of the total subscribers.

Broadband subscription reached 15.08 million in September 2012 from 14.82 million in August 2012.

The number of telephone subscribers in India decreased to 937.70 million at the end of September, 2012 from 939.57 million at the end of August 2012, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of -0.20%. The share of urban subscribers has declined to 63.53% from 63.77% whereas share of rural subscribers has increased to 36.47% in the month of September 2012.  With this, the overall Teledensity in India reached 77.04 at the end of September 2012 from 77.28 of the previous month.

Subscription in the urban areas decreased from 599.20 million in August 2012 to 595.69 million at the end of September 2012. Subscription in rural areas increased from 340.37 million to 342.01 million during the same period. The monthly growth rate of urban and rural subscription is -0.59% and 0.48% respectively. The overall urban Teledensity has decreased from 162.35 to 161.13 and Rural Teledensity increased from 40.20 to 40.36.

Verizon Social responsibility

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Read the Cnet report today. It says Verizon will not charge Sandy victims for voice and text usage. Everybody needs to do their little bit to help people. I will expect something like this from Indian players when a crisis comes unannounced.

First arrest over Tweet

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Ravi Srinivasan did it by becoming the first person in India to be arrested for a tweet. The 46-year-old runs a packaging business in the Pondicherry, South India.

On 20 October, he tweeted to his 16 followers saying that Karti Chidambaram, a politician belonging to India’s ruling Congress Party and son of Finance Minister P Chidambaram, had “amassed more wealth than Vadra”. He was alluding to Robert Varda, son-in-law of Congress Party Chief Sonia Gandhi  who was at the centre of a political row after allegations over his links with a top Indian property company. Mr. Vadra denies the charges.

Karti Chidambaram (@KartiPC) did not take the tweet in good humour and filed a police complaint on 29 October.

He later tweeted: “Free speech is subject to reasonable restrictions. I have a right to seek constitutional/legal remedies over defamatory/scurrilous tweets.”

Explosion of support

The police in Pondicherry acted with unusual speed.

They arrested Mr Srinivasan early next morning, charged him under Section 66A of India’s IT Act, and demanded 15 days of police custody. Pondicherry’s chief judicial magistrate declined remand and granted bail.

More at Kractivist

So week online security- UK police online was hacked

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

According to a news report in the http://nibletz.com, Associated Press reported that Anonymous has stolen email addresses from a forum called UKPoliceOnline. They then used those email addresses to distribute a “manifesto” to current and former members of British Law Enforcement.

Anonymous is a loose hackers group which is against censoring content on the Internet.

The message sent to officers who had registered with a police-related internet forum, said “call on you to do the right thing for once and stand with us, not against us, as we are doing this for YOUR benefit too…. Under your uniform you are one of us and we are you. United we stand and can make this world a better place for all of us… We are not against you, only against the evil system that you defend, and we appeal to your consciences to stop protecting the traitors and banksters, and protect us from them instead.”

The message further asked recipients to join a day of action next month “Brothers in arms, join us and end wars and poverty. United we stand.”