Does The Internet Need Preferences of Telcos: Net Neutrality in India

With the United States of America moving towards a net-not-neutral regime, the Federal Department of Communications is all set to tilt the scales in the favour of the telcos who will be ale to gain a stronghold over the content consumption of their customers.

India, the net neutrality debate started as long as 2015, and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, has now finalised the rules for a net neutrality in respect of the Indian markets.

The internet has been the biggest disruption in the history of mankind and has changed the way we interact with the world. The internet that used to be free and fair, just stopped being fair when capital packed companies like Flipkart and Amazon destroyed the brick-and-mortar retail. The next push is seen in the banking sector, where a massive push for electronic banking methods has gained prominence. The future of the intensive digital push by the Prime Minister, has to have a wider perspective assimilating all masses over rampant profiteering.

Amidst the blind rise of content over the years, the internet has also impacted the political culture in the society, whereby the people have seemingly embraced the sectarian and narrow views and opinions espoused by the parties that get the content promoted.

The internet has a very optimistic experience as well for many parts of the country, where the access to the internet has opened a world of new opportunities. Yet, the worst disruption in the telecom sector was Reliance backed Jio internet services. Though Jio allowed seamless penetration of internet in the ordinary Indian household, the investments made by Jio need to be yielding profit at some point.

The concept of net neutrality has assumed significance today more than ever as US moves towards a more regulated internet, other nations might follow suit. The internet giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon, also known as the over-the-top services, have petitioned for net neutrality, yet the telcos  have lobbied hard for a regulated internet.

Trai has finalised the draft rules over net neutrality on 30th of August, yet there seems to be no knowledge as of yet whether the telcos will benefit or the people.

In a country like India, where the internet of things has yet to make a print, the internet for all must be free and fair, the people must not pay for any content that is not favoured by their ISP. The ISP in India must look beyond profits and think about the exposure, knowledge, and the start-ups that are yet to spring in India. Internet of things can make Indian lives more comfortable and easier given the fact that there are series of issues that need to addressed for the architect of modern India.

With internet penetration increasing, the social utility of ICT may be in danger if consumers are asked to pay for anything that the Telco does not get a share from, and then the purpose of internet of things fails.

The American economy is way ahead of India to adapt to their measures, but as of now and for the future, the internet in India must be a Socialists’ tool to advance a utopian reality, unlike elsewhere. This might help the people to find exact opportunities to elevate their lives and moderate the costs involved in affording certain services like instant healthcare, education and more.

Reliance Jio Launched a New Smart Feature Phone For Just this Amount

Today is the 40th Annual General Meeting of Reliance Jio. India has become number one in mobile data usage. In the AGM, Mukesh Ambani said that India will soon go ahead in the world in terms of broadband. Mukesh Ambani also said that Jio Prime members will continue to receive great offers. He said that we have achieved the 100 million customers’ targets for Reliance Jio. There are 12.5 million Reliance Jio users in today’s time.
Mukesh Ambani said that soon Reliance Jio will reach 99 percent of the country’s population. He said that Reliance Jio’s 4G coverage has more than 2G coverage. Where on the one hand it took 25 years to make the 2G network so big, Jio will be able to become a bigger 4G network in 2 years. Within the next 12 months, the Jio Network will overtake the 2G network.

About 500 million people in the country use feature phones and they get very expensive internet data and calling. At present, they have to spend up to 4000 rupees to get all the facilities using 2G data. The cheapest smartphones are also between Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 4500. Mukesh Ambani has launched India’s Intelligent Smart Phone – Jio Phone.

There are 22 Indian languages ​​in this phone in. Voice calls can also be made from this phone, the demo was also given in Reliance Jio’s AGM. In addition, a message can also be sent from the voice command, whose demo was shown. Through phone, you can also do the search using the voice command, which will also be answered by the phone via phone. Jio Music, Jio Cinema and Jio TV are already installed in this phone. You will be able to search music by app through voice command only.

Even with the Jio Cinema app, you can search anything through just the voice commands. Long pressing number 5 will send a message to your pre-set ones. It will be like an emergency number, which can be used if you get into trouble. Not only this, your location will also go along with the message.

The Geo Phone is completely out in the process while promoting Digital India. In this mobile phone you can also listen to PM Modi’s ‘Man ki Baat’. NFC technology will also be launched shortly. People will be able to add their bank accounts, public accounts and pay only with one click.

All calls in the Jio phone will always be free. This phone will have unlimited data access. With the tariff plan of 153 rupees per month, those who use the Geo Phone will be able to lift these benefits. Ambani said that currently people using feature phones have to pay up to 4000 rupees per month.

By using Jio Phone TV, you can connect the phone to any TV using the live phone TV cable and you can see your favorite programs on it. For this, you can recharge from Dhan Dhan offers of 309 rupees and you will be able to watch your favorite programs on TV every day for 3-4 hours. There are two plans in it, 24 rupees pack of two days and 54 rupees for one week’s pack. In both of these packs, all the facilities will be completely free.

Reliance Jio announced this live phone for free to all the people of the country. To prevent misuse of free live offers, refundable Rs. 1500 will be charged. This 1500 rupees will be given back to the customers after 3 years. In this way you will not pay anything for the Jio Phone and you will get this phone for free.

Jio Phone will be available for Beta Feature Testing from 15th of August. After that from September this year everyone will start getting this phone. On August 24, the pre-booking of this phone will start. This phone distribution will work upon fist come first basis. Mukesh Ambani has set a target to sell 50 lakh phones. Due to the phone, the 2G feature phones will be completely eliminated, which will bring a new world record.

Airtel To Drop Domestic Roaming Charges Due To Jio

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio is a giving tough time to all the Indian top telecom companies. India’s major telecom, Airtel may soon drop its roaming charges on its network for voice and the data services. This move comes by Airtel because of its new competitor in the market, Reliance Jio, which also promises to keep domestic voice calls free to all the networks. The country’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel has decided to do away the roaming charges for its voice as well as data services to benefit its 268-million customer base.

According to a report in Economic Times said, referencing its sources that in the ongoing dispute with the Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel has been gearing up to offer incoming calls and SMSes on national roaming free of cost. This leading Indian telecom company has also been working to simplify activation and billing for the customers who often travel overseas so that it will benefit the Airtel in maintaining its subscriber base and to motivate them to use its international roaming packs. Further, this move may force the rival Vodafone India and Idea Cellular to follow the same to protect their market and the subscriber base. The Jio’s free voice calls and data offers, which also includes free roaming has become a scary nightmare for all the telecom companies in India.

Bharti Airtel reported a huge 55% plunge in the net profit in the December quarter and it’s the worst of it in the last four years. The Idea Cellular accounted its first time ever net loss ever since listing in 2007. Airtel’s move to free roaming charges comes as Jio has announced that it will start charging users from April 1 at the very low rates. The Bharti Airtel is also facing a potential threat from the Idea-Vodafone merger apart from Jio. In the next few months, it will be very interesting to see that which telecom company is going to become the new king of the market.