Sunday, October 01, 2017

Merger of SSTL into RCom to be Completed by October 2017

Long period MTS mobile and dongle users, it is confirmed that days of MTS India brand in India is numbered. Today on October 1st, 2017 Reliance Communications has released a press released regarding alternate plans to reduce debt as stated by Anil D. Ambani at Recent AGM.

In that PR, it has been confirmed that RCom-SSTL merger to be completed by this month. The merger was announced back in November 2015, and it has been delayed due to many reasons, but mostly from delay from DoT.

Conclusion of the merger will give RCom access to SSTL’s 850 MHz airwaves with extended validity till 2033 in eight key markets that will be used for 4G expansion.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

[Press Release] SVF to Enter Nepal market with Nepalese dubbed Yeti Obhijaan

SVF bets big on Nepal market with the upcoming Kakababu Adventure film - Yeti Obhijaan

~ Prosenjit Chatterjee-starrer Yeti Obhijaan is the first Bengali movie to be dubbed into Nepalese, titled Yeti in Nepal ~
~ First Tollywood movie to be released across Nepal in 50 screens on September 22, the same day as India release ~

Kolkata, September 8, 2017: SVF (Shree Venkatesh Films), Eastern India’s largest entertainment company today announced their plans to tap the Nepal audience with Yeti Obhijaan becoming the first Bengali movie to be dubbed into Nepalese. Yeti, as the movie will be called in Nepalese, is scheduled to be released during Durga Puja/Dashain, to coincide with the biggest and most auspicious festival in West Bengal and Nepal.

On this occasion Mahendra Soni, Director & Co-founder, SVF said, “We are constantly looking to innovate and expand into new markets keeping consumer preferences in mind. The story of the film is set in Nepal and  we have Nepali characters like Mingma, Norbu who take the story forward.  We are confident that Yeti Obhijaan, the first Bengali film to be dubbed in Nepalese and released across 50 screens, will be loved by the audience of Nepal.

The film, Yeti Obhijaan, is an adaptation of Pahar Churaye Aatonko from the Bengali adventure series - Kakababu, written by famous Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay. Featuring the stalwart Prosenjit Chatterjee as Kakababu the film will hit silver screens of India and Nepal on September 22.  This Kakababu series film has been shot in India and Switzerland by the ace director Srijit Mukherji.

About Yeti Obhijaan
This is yet another adventure of Kakababu and Santu, where they unravel the mystery of the legendary beast, the Yeti. Gorokhshep plateau is the new destination where the uncle-nephew duo find themselves facing harsh circumstances in the process of unraveling the actual truth behind various incidents revolving around attacks by the giant beast. The quest introduces them to new characters such as Mingma and Norbu, local sherpas, who help them in the expedition. Their adventure leads them to unraveling the mystery of the Yeti.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

[Press Release] BSNL and Coriant Enter Into Agreement to Chart Path to 5G and IOT in India

BSNL and Coriant Enter into Agreement to Chart Path to 5G and IoT in India

Memorandum of Understanding Lays Foundation for Innovation in Network Architectures and Services Leveraging 5G, IoT, SDN/NFV, and Mobile Edge Computing Technologies

New Delhi, 06 September 2017: India’s leading Telecom Operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited today entered into an Agreement with Coriant to Chart Path to 5G and IoT in India. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between BSNL and  Coriant for Laying Foundation for Innovation in Network Architectures and Services Leveraging 5G, IoT, SDN/NFV, and Mobile Edge Computing Technologies.

Coriant, a leading supplier of packet optical, IP, and SDN solutions to Tier 1 global service providers and web-scale Internet operators, and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), one of the leading telecommunication operators in India, today announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to closely collaborate on the exploration of 5G and related technologies in the India networking ecosystem. Under the terms of the MoU, Coriant and BSNL will cooperate to accelerate network architecture and service innovation leveraging 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), SDN/NFV, and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) technologies.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

[Press Release] Vodafone Egypt Selects Openwave Mobility for Faster User Experience and Outstanding Mobile Video QoE

REDWOOD CITY, CA – September 6, 2017– Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile traffic, announced today that Vodafone Egypt has selected Openwave Mobility’s NFV-based download acceleration and encrypted video management solution to enhance subscriber Quality of Experience (QoE) and manage rising encrypted video traffic. With a customer base exceeding 40 million subscribers, Vodafone Egypt is one of the leading mobile operators in the Middle East.

Mobile data across the Middle East has been growing at a phenomenal rate and much of this is down to mobile video streaming.  As mobile networks carry increased traffic loads, subscribers can suffer poor Quality of Experience (QoE) including long wait times and video buffering.

“As the volume of mobile data continues to grow, we needed a flexible solution that can handle all traffic types and assure our users of a greater mobile data experience” said Osama Siad, Vodafone Egypt’s Technology Director.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Introduction to nextGen LTE : Gigabit LTE

Exploring the true potential of Gigbit LTE, US tech giants Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm broke the barrier of 1Gbps on LTE, as Qualcomm's press release notes on 21st September, 2017 on 21st August. This is industry first with commercial silicon and network infrastructure to hit over 1Gbps on LTE, 1.07Gbps to be precise. 

The testing process used Qualcomm'x X20 LTE modem, and Ericsson radios and LTE software and utilized 12 LTE streams on three 20 MHz channels of licensed Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) spectrum, alongside 4x4 MIMO and 256-QAM. 

The 1.07 Gbps speed was achieved using only three 20MHz carriers of FDD (Frequency Division Duplex using separate transmit and receive frequencies) spectrum, achieving new levels of spectral efficiency for commercial networks and devices. 

In the begining of August (to be specific 2nd August, 2017), the same trio - Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies had touched astounding 953Mbps in a joint commercial network deployment in Boca Raton, Florida. The demostration used network components from Verizon including a cell site, hardware, software and backhaul; most advanced radio systems from Ericsson (micro Radio 2205 for LAA) and Gigabit powered Qualcomm's Snapdragon X16 LTE modem (based on Snapdragon 835 mobile platform).

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Jio De-Clutters Indian Telecom by Removing Many Add-on Packs

Long back I wrote down some similarities between Jio's strategy and Google's strategy in India and United States respectively.

After nearly one year of Jio's commercial launch (= SIM availablity to everyone) we must admit Jio disrupted the mobile telephony by price and services.

Jio did it uniquely, began as a greenfield operator, deployed own fiber optic network and towers, dealt with several tower and telecom companies for infra sharing and launched world's fastest growing telecom and digital services platform. And they deployed single technology - 4G/LTE, even their voice and texts are going through LTE networks across 2300, 1800 and 850MHz spectrum.

But after the free days are over, Jio launched the plans similar to developed countries where a single plan offers voice, text and data. Before Jio came, every existing operators have several prepaid packs - some for talktime, some for SMS pack, or rate cutters for own network, for local calls or STD calls or for roaming purpose.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

airtel vs Jio LTE Speed Comparison

This week I ported to Airtel and I could not resist to make a comparison of two 4G/LTE giants - airtel and Jio.

Day : 22nd July, 2017
Location : Shyamabazar, R.G.Kar Medical College Campus.
I found that in this campus airtel has some issues with LTE signal, probably because of the old buildings.
Weather: It was raining.

airtel 4G speedtest:



Monday, July 17, 2017

Google WiFi at Rail Stations Gets a Brandname : Google Station


Partnered with Indian Railway's own telecom arm- RailWire, Google had launched free WiFi services in Indian Railway stations across the country back in January of 2016. I posted a review of this free WiFi services at Sealdah rail station - read here. The deal between RailTel corp, the mother of RailWire brand and Google Inc. was signed in September 2015 with a target to reach 400 railway stations, equipped with WiFi. In January 2016 Mumbai Central became first station in India to have Google WiFi.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Kabab Gully of Calcutta at Zakaria Street and Phears Lane


Ramzan is just ended, and the zeal over Kolkata's Kebab street Zakaria street is growing year by year. This is 4th July of 2017 and we had Ramzan on 25-26th June. During the Ramzan days I had a visit into Zakaria St. without any homework. I just googled it and visited the damn place - directly through the Nakhoda Masjid's gate on Central Avenue, opposite to Md. Ali Park. I just went straight and soon met the crowd of Ramzan, the narrower street by the middle-of-the-road stalls across the Zakaria st, till the road ended at Rabindra Sarani and Nakhoda Masjid crossing.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

India's Payments Banks - Will they Change India's Banking Sector?

Payments banks are predicted to change our country's poor banking system in coming days. As majority of payment bank licensee, approved by Reserve Bank of India are directly or indirectly related to Telecom industries, it can be assumed that India's telecom industry can be a partner in changing the banking landscape or banking system can be revamped by telecom majors-owned, stripped down version of conventional banks, which are in turn known as Payments Bank.

As per RBI norms, Payments banks have to focus on providing basic financial services, including social security and utility bill payments, remittance functions, and can mobilise deposits of up to Rs 1 lakh.

Payments banks differ from traditional banks, as they don't offer any credit card or loans. Also you can keep maximum of 1 lakh rupees in the payments bank account. Experts believe payments banks are not replacement of traditional banks but they can be the bridge between people without banking facilities and digital banking system, paving a way towards Digital India. Payments banks will be better than the e-wallet systems (Citrus Pay, Ezetap, Freecharge, Mobikwik, Citi MasterPass, Ola Money, Jio Money, HDFC PayZapp, ICICI Pockets, JusPay Safe, PayUMoney, LIME, MoneyonMobile, MomoeXpress, Mswipe, Oxigen, PayMate, State Bank Buddy, Vodafone M-Pesa, mRupee, ItzCash etc) which almost offers the same except interest, ATM cards and some other facilities like pure banking services like ATM usage, cheque book use etc. Interestingly e-wallet business got an escalation after demonetization (banning of old Rs 500 and 1000 rupees notes), though many think digital wallet business model is not viable.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Migration to Blink-based Opera 15+ from Opera 12+ (Presto based) [Updated Regularly]

Story was first published on 18th March, 2014

I am a long time Opera desktop user (on Android I use Dolphin) and when the company moved on to Blink from its own Presto I did not move on as Opera desktop version was a downgrade of features.

However next update to Opera Presto is yet to come, and company's dev team is not caring about Presto-powered version anymore. So I am starting the migration to Opera Blink today.

This is a long process, and I will update here, as soon as I made some movement.

Jump into the water

Installed Opera 18.0.1284.63, installation was straight forward and there is no issues. When you first use it, you have to learn few new things:

Open a new tab, you will find 3 options - Speed Dial, Stash and Discover. We know about Speed Dial.

Stash means where you can dump pages to read on later. [on Opera 12 I use Tab Vault, another extension]

Discover is a Flipboard-like stuff which can show you news on different categories and that's too country-specific. This feature was debuted on Opera for Android and now it is available on desktop too. I don't find it's much useful. (Update: It's now Personal News, or feed reader inbuilt)

Friday, May 19, 2017

JIO LTE vs Vodafone LTE in Kolkata

This is not accurate Jio vs Vodafone LTE comparison. 
Tested in Kolkata - 2 different locations. 
Comparison is based on maximum speed I received on Jio LTE and Vodafone LTE network. 




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Coolwinks.com Review: Sunglass Bought on COD

Coolwinks Box
These days I would love to change my taste. Bit experimenting? Oh yes.

I don't shave with Gillette now, I use LetShave's products now.

Lenskart is definitely good for lens and glasses. There are some other lesser known alternative too. Coolwinks and Glassic. I tried Coolwinks, and found it is extremely cheap which made me a little skeptical. And Mouthshut reviews are mostly negative. Hence I put my order on Coolwinks by COD.

In 3 days the package was delivered in a good packing. The sunglass inside the box was intact (=not broken). It was said to be 100% UV protection giver, and I can't say that it's not.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Jio Pushes Mutation in Indian Telecom

Indian telecom was quite dull in 2015-16 until Jio stepped in and started offering free services. Entry of Jio, the ambitious telecom project by country's richhest man Mukesh Ambani has forced the Indian telecom to undergo a major reshape.

The most obvious change is merger and acquisition of telecom companies - which makes the telecom market quite smaller. If all go right, India will have only 5-6 players -
  • Reliance Jio
  • Airtel (acquisition of Telenor India, Augere Wireless, Videocon (partially) and 4G spectrum of Tikona & Aircel)
  • Vodafone-Idea (to be merged soon)
  • RCom-Aircel-SSTL
  • Tata Tele (rumor is they might merge with merged entity of RCOM-AIRCEL-SSTL)
  • BSNL/MTNL (there are chances that both PSU may merge)
Among all, Vodafone & Idea's merger seems to create strongest entity which may give real tough competition to Jio and Airtel.​ R​Com​-A​ircel​-MTS(+Tata Tele) does not seem to be in a position to create a stir in the market as their present 4G coverage is based on RCom's 850 MHz band only​ and may they extend 4G to 1800MHz band; but the super-merged entity would not have any 4G network on 2300/2500 MHz where Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea are placed too firmly. ​

Monday, April 17, 2017

MTS's Promptly Sends Offers (though shitty) After You Raise a PortOut Ticket

I have been using MTS India's prepaid CDMA services for a very long time, probably from 2008 or 2009. However with the rise of Jio, I have to move to 4G/LTE. And since MTS will be taken over by Reliance Communications, the most untrusted brand of Indian telecom I need to bade a goodbye to MTS.

As soon as I sends MNP request to 1900, I got a prompt reply with MNP code and something unexpected. MTS, which is not responding to Jio/Airtel/BSNL/Vodafone/Idea's recent offerings sent a text, just after I got the MNP Code.

Apart from Aircel which is offering unlimited 3G data and voice like Jio's offerings (unlimited 4G data & voice), neither RCom nor MTS responded to market.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jio's Slow Speed - Reason ?

Just yesterday I found out that Jio is using 10MHz of Band 40 to offer LTE data. (on JioFi2 device)

From the very begining Jio was offering 20MHz spectrum on this band (2.3GHz) along with 1800MHz and 850MHz band.

The reduction of 10MHz from band 2300MHz may cause slow speed on Jio LTE network.

However in Kolkata, where I took the screenshot, Jio has 30MHz of 2300MHz band. Is Jio using remaining 20MHz for LTE-Advanced or trials on 5G is on?

If I was in Mumbai I could have guess on 5G more specifically, but in Kolkata I am skeptical about it. Rather we can be on safe side - Jio is trialling for LTE-A in Kolkata.




Monday, March 27, 2017

​RCOM Mobile Webpage Revamped to Stunning Look

Recently RCOM has revamped its mobile website - it's now colorful, eye catching and full of features, except the tariff and services. What Anil d brother is doing? When Mukesh the bara bhai is making the incumbents' sleep disappear. 



Wednesday, March 01, 2017

JIO Effect - M&A Will Leave Just 5 Mobile Operators in India

If you see it correctly, Reliance Industries backed Jio had made a turbulence in the Indian telecom market. On the consumers' table Jio is playing by offering free data voice and digital services - which is actually disrupting the market by price game and service front. Jio continues to offer free services and extends it upto March 31, 2017 inspite of the complaints by the incumbents.

When we came to know about the existence of Jio, that's back in 2010 while Reliance Industries acquired pan India broadband spectrum winner Infotel Broadband (owned by Nahatas) just after the auction ended. RIL owned Infotel Broadband has gone through the makeover and it's now Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, a platform to offer digital services including 4G/LTE voice, LTE data, mobile TV, online music and movies, news, fiber broadband and many more. The plethora of RJIL services are being now offered under simple branding of 'JIO'.

We all know these, but in 2010 Indian telecom market was exploding with 12-13 operators in each circles. However in 2012 February Supreme Court cancelled the licenses issued in 2008; as a result many operators shut their stores across the country or partially - STel, Cheers Mobile left the business. MTS India, Videocon, Tata Docomo stopped services in few circles, Loop did not renew licenses and was sold to Airtel. After 2012, India's telecom sector had handful of operators - Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL, MTNL, Reliance Communications, Reliance Jio, Tata Docomo, Aircel, Telenor, MTS India and Videocon. (last 4 operators did not have pan India spectrum)

From 2010 to 2015 - every year I had a talk with Tarun, the founder of Telecomtalk that 'yeh saal sayed Mukesh Jio 4G launch karega' but it did not happen. In February 2015 Jio brought Jionet WiFi at Kolkata and therefore Jionet WiFi was extending to other cities too. However after the Q1 of 2016 we were getting hints that Jio is now on its way to launch LTE to aam admi very soon.

Personal Experience to Handle Post-intoxication Hangover


If you started drinking alcohols in your teen days and if you are near 30 you can see the difference when you are much drunk. You can't take the over-drinking much these days and oh fuck! that's hangover.

I am 27 right now, and I had started my social drinking at around 19. These days I hate the hangover more.

One of the reason we are facing hangover more because of liver's making two specific enzymes in a lower rate.

Prevention is better than cure:

1. Drink on such a day, you can take rest on the next day.
2. Judicious drinking - I prefer 3 pegs and not more at a go.
3. Drink water in the gaps.
4. Slow the drinking process, take your time. Relax and drink.
5. Don't fucking mix up. One glass of cocktail or one type of cocktail is okay but don't have many types of alcohols. If you mix up beer, whiskey and rum you will be doomed.
6. Slow down alcohol absorption rate in your body by taking water as told already. Remember protein chunks like chicken, beef or pork portions also help by slowing down it. So little bit oily starters do actually help to 'digest' alcohol.


Once you are fucked to have hangover:

1. Rest and take sleep if possible. It's often not possible as you have jobs to do.

2. Water, water and water: Drink water, hydrate your body

3. Fruits or juices: Go for a coconut water at the begining. Among fruits - orange, mushambi, apple, bananas are great.

4. Breakfast - skip or not - I in generally skip it but go for bunch at 11 am around with more fruits, chickens and others.

5. Proteins - Eggs - boiled/omelette or chicken soup can help.

6. Tea - herbal or green tea. I am not a tea lover, but I can tell you one secret - don't go for a coffee - it will further dehydrate you. Next don't drink a tea with milk - it might increase bloating and gastric upset. ( but cold milk is good in hangover unless you have lactose tolerance issue).

7. PPI - Hangover can be worsened with the gastric upset, so PPI can be a help. However I always use the combination of PPI+PKA (Proton pump inhibitors + Prokinetic Agents) in combination. Esomeprazole and Domperidon's combo seems to be best option.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jio RED Starter Kit

Jio has launched a new colored starter kits - Red, after Orange and Blue.

Just have a look :

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

FAQ to Jio 4G/LTE Voice Services

I already have been using JIO's digital services over Jio MiFi device since August end. I did not have much interest to get a JIO SIM for mobile as I did not like the idea to stand in a queue for long time to get a free SIM.

I had two barcodes - on Redmi Note 3 and Honor Holly and found that Honor Holly's bar code was stolen away already. So I prompted for using the barcode generated on RN3.

To my surprise the queue has been vanished and thanks to JIO's e-KYC solution the process is very fast.


1. What is JIO's e-KYC solution for SIM activation?

Jio makes the subscribers's document submission and activation of the connection on the SIM completely digital - it's superfast digital processing service by JIO e-KYC solution.

What you need to get a JIO connection in 10 minutes or less? Get a 4G smartphone, download MyJio app and generate the barcode. Now walk into any Reliance Digital store with your Adhaar Card and rest will be taken care of by the stuffs there. You will get a JIO SIM in few minutes after verification and submission of your application form online.

In my experience it hardly takes 5 minutes to complete the whole procedure.