Thursday, December 14, 2017

airtel 4G Speedtest [December 2017]

Airtel is very much aggressive on 4G after Jio made the industry jerked. Airtel is increasing its 4G coverage in the fastest manner, and deploying VoLTE for cheaper voice options.

Airtel's 4G network is tested in Barrackpore, Kolkata at my home.
Time: around 3:20 am

Apps used: Jio NetVelocity, Meteor by OpenSignal, Okla SpeedtestMy Vodafone's Speed Checker

The average speed on Airtel during that time was : 51.89Mbps !!!!! 

Meteor _by OpenSignal registered massive 81.9Mbps on Airtel 4G!!!

MyVodafone's SpeedChecker rolled Airtel 4G at 54.14Mbps

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Vodafone 4G Speedtest [December 2017]

This speedtests are done on Vodafone 4G network at around 2:20 am.
Location: my home, Barrackpore.

Apps used: Jio NetVelocity, Meteor by OpenSignal, Okla Speedtest, My Vodafone's Speed Checker.

With single tests done on each speedtester apps, which translate into 21 Mbps on average speed.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Indian Army Lists 42 Apps which May Act as Chinese Spy

Indian Army has listed a total of 42 apps on Android platform which can transmit your data from mobile phone to China for spying purpose and thereafter asked all soldiers to delete these apps from their mobile.

Among these apps, UC Browser is also there. I personally believe UC Browser is a shitty app, which buggy UI and transmits all of your browsing through Chinese servers for the sake of data compression and faster browsing.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tower Companies of India (November 2017)

As Indian telecom sector is going through the merger and acquisition - the consolidation of the mobile operators is pushing the consolidation of the passive infra providers, most specificly the tower firms. Apart from the carrier/operator's own tower companies there are several independent tower and infra providers in the market and these companies depend on the tenancy of the towers by small and mid sized telecom operators. Now as the consolidations are reshaping the market, it's obvious that the tenancy business is not working. And at the same time operators, burnt out by huge debt, plan for renting towers to cut down operational costs. 

While RCom is struggling to find a potential buyer, Airtel is calculating for ideal stake holdings. And Amercian Tower Corp, backed up by US dollar, is siphoning the remaining smaller players. 

Indus Towers 
Indus Towers was founded in November 2007 by country’s leading mobile operators Airtel (42%), Vodafone India (the then Vodafone Essar; holds 42% share) and Idea (16%). In March 2009 Vodafone formed a new company called Ortus Infratel Holdings, and the investment on Indus Towers is now going via Ortus.

After Vodafone and Idea both announced to sell their own towers to ATC, it seems obvious that Indus Towers may be left in the hands of Bharti. 

Indus Towers is the world's largest tower company with a presence of more than 1,20,000 towers across the country.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Moz://a Firefox v57 is Fierce : Future of Web?

Since I got my hands on internet on my desktop in 2005, I was a browser fanatic. During that days I used and tried my hands with Avant Browser, Firefox Browser, Maxthon Browser, SeaMelon, SeaMonkey, K-Melon, Opera and many others (I forgot all the names)

Soon I used to like Opera, and I never looked back. Even in 2017 I have a portable Opera 12.x version on my laptop for casual browsing. In 2013 Opera shifted from own Presto engine to Google's Chromium project's forked Blink engine. I had to jump with new Opera 15 but never satisfied as many features stripped off. Some of those lost features were integrated later to Opera 15+ versions.

Opera is still a great browser, and still I am using it along with a portable Opera 12.x version. I never like the Chrome UI, it's too minimalistic.

However I got an Opera alternative - Vivaldi which is made by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita. It was launched in April 2016 and packs some great features and more are added by fast updates.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Android Software Update: A Thing Many OEM Skip

Huawei is going to launch Honor 7X, the successor of Honor 6X which was quite popular for the dual camera set up. It will be launched in India by December 2017 at unbeatable price as informed by AndroidAuthority.

Honor 7X will come with Kirin 659 chipset, 4GB RAM, 5.93 inch display, full HD+ resolutions (2160 x 1080 p), 18:9 aspect ratio, 32/64/128GB internal storage and upto 256GB microSD support, dual rear camera 16 + 2MP, front 8MP camera, 3340 mAh battery with Huawei's SuperCharge technology, IP67 rating - dust and water proof, EMUI on Android 7.1 Nougate out of the box. 

On paper 7X is quite good phone, but what I don't like about Honor series from Hauwei that they did not update the smartphone into latest Android version. I used their Honor Holly 2 Plus and received only one security update, that too nearly 1.5 years after the inital launch of the smartphone. 

Sunday, November 05, 2017

RCOM to Shut Down Mobile Voice Services of Own and MTS, Focus on Enterprise only

India’s CDMA saga is over, as RCom announced the completion of the acquisition of MTS India network. It seems to be the end of an chapter of Indian telecom, as the CDMA network of MTS is to be shut down by 30th of November 2017. The lone CDMA survivor is Tata Docomo CDMA, which has been already acquired by Airtel and 800MHz will be soon vacated for LTE deployment once the deal is completed.

For MTS CDMA customers it will be very much problematic, as the text received by users from RCom, mentions clearly that they can migrate to RCOM’s 4G data network or port out to the carrier of their choice.

Recently RCom and Aircel, who had the plan to merge, opted out from the merger agreement and post that Rs. 4500 crore debt-laden RCom has gone through several drastic decisions – 

  • they will not renew license of DTH business (services will be stopped by November 18 and customers will be moved to Tata Sky) operated under RelianceTV (previously BigTV); Reliance TV has the lowest market share among 6 DTH companies in India (others are: Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel TV, Videocon d2h and Sun Direct). [Update #1: Tata Sky will offer seamless migration for RelianceTV users, who can swap the prepaid account balance to Tata Sky accounts]
        [Update #2: On November 6th Reliance Communications announced that Reliance Digital TV or simply RelianceTV will be sold to Veecon Media and Television. Veecon will “acquire the entire shareholding of Reliance BIG TV with business on ‘as-is where-is’ basis, along with all existing trade liabilities and contingent liabilities"]