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Telecom revolution – 3G Vs. WiMax and iPhone Vs. gPhone

Posted by Irus on August 22, 2008

As iPhone is released today there has been a flurry of activity in the Telecom Sector this month. With the technological changes on the anvil moving from current cell phones to the next generation devices and service providers is certain for the common man in India. The two new technologies which will soon be vying for your money are 3G and WiMax. Let’s find out how they stack up against each other and which could eventually be the winner. image

THE DEVICES

3G is represented by the iPhone and WiMax by Dream or more commonly known as Google phone which is to be manufactured by HTC. HTC as many would know is already producing competing devices against iPhone. A comparison between iPhone 3G and HTC Touch Diamond can be found here.

THE AVAILABILITY

iPhone is now available from 22nd August 2008 in India, while Dream will make its worldwide debut during October and November.

THE PRICING

iPhone is available for Rs 36100 for the 16 GB model where as gPhone is likely to be highly subsidized by ad revenue therefore much cheaper to the end consumer.

THE NETWORK/TECHNOLOGY

WiMax works over Internet and Cellular networks both. In current deployments, speeds are often closer to 2 Mbit/s at 10 km being stationery.3G works over cellular networks, speeds on paper are 2Mbit/s stationery but it drop to 384 Kbps in a moving vehicle. 

THE USES

Advantages which both technologies offer are similar.

· Fast downloads

· Interactive gaming

· Global positioning over Internet 

· Video calls – Face-to-face collaboration provides for a more effective exchange of information, faster problem resolution and increased productivity.

· Emergency Response: Effective disaster management requires an immediate,accurate assessment of the situation and continuous monitoring of events during response

· Manufacturing: Utilizing 3G visual communications, field engineers can quickly address equipment maintenance issues or supply chain disruptions,visually exchanging critical information with remote engineering or home office support to assess and resolve the situation.

· Site Assessment: 3G visual communications can enable remote collaboration on potential construction sites,as well as visual updates on project progress.

THE 3G DISADVANTAGE

Although 3G was successfully introduced to users across the world, some issues are debated by 3G providers and users:

· Expensive input fees for the 3G service licenses

· Numerous differences in the licensing terms

· Large amount of debt currently sustained by many telecommunication companies, which makes it a challenge to build the necessary infrastructure for 3G

· Lack of member state support for financially troubled operators

· Expense of 3G phones

· Lack of buy-in by 2G mobile users for the new 3G wireless services

· Lack of coverage, because it is still a new service

· High prices of 3G mobile services in some countries, including Internet access

· Current lack of user need for 3G voice and data services in a hand-held device

· High power usage

INDIAN GOVERNMENT’S POLICY

With the government auctioning the 3G spectrum last month, 3G operators such as Airtel and Vodafone were in jubilation mode till Department of Telecommunication, Government of India announced deregulation of VoIP which will hugely benefit consumers since TRAI on Monday allowed the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to permit local, STD and ISD calls from Computers to Mobile and land lines or vice versa without any restriction. However for using VOIP landline service, consumers will have to spend only Rs 500 to Rs 1,500 for buying a specialised device to convert a landline into a VOIP phone that also needs a broadband connection

THE WINNER – gPhone/WiMax

Technological factors and cost factors e.g. few entry barriers, lack of IPRs etc. make WiMax easily win the battle. Also WiMAX is a possible replacement candidate for cellular phone technologies such as GSM and CDMA, and can also be used as a layover to increase capacity.

THE FUTURE

Given the limited wired infrastructure as a result of prohibitive costs and unsympathetic geography in India the costs to install a WiMAX station are likely to be small in comparison to developing a wired solution. Here WiMAX can enhance wireless infrastructure in an inexpensive, decentralized, deployment-friendly and effective manner.Due to the huge potential benefits to the populations of nations on account of providing services such as education, tele medicine, entertainment these technologies must be taken to the rural areas of India for Inclusive growth.

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Sixth Pay commission – towards realizing

Posted by Irus on August 21, 2008

Please visit our new website http://surispace.net for answers to  pay commission queries

 

From paper to practicePresentation of 6th CPC Report to the Finance Minister of India

Today the sixth pay commission report as approved by the cabinet has been handed over to DOPT (Department of Personnel and Training) for its implementation.

some highlights of latest developments are

  1. Uniform Date of increment (July).
  2. Reduction in HRA for senior officers in A1 Cities, to bring parity with market rents in metros.
  3. De-merging of Grade Pays of Group B & C employees (which were earlier merged)

Updates from the States

The state governments seem to have been jolted awake with the elections coming closer. After Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, Uttarkhand and more recently Sikkim have constituted pay panels.

In Sikkim The Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said that the State Government will soon implement Sixth Pay Commission in the State.

Where as in Uttarakhand government is considering a strategy to implement the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations in the hill state for its employees.

The government has constituted a high-powered two-member committee headed by former union petroleum and natural gas secretary Sushil Kumar Tripathi.

At present, the state government has 160,000 employees even as 65,000 jobs are lying vacant. In case these posts are filled, the government will require Rs 1,500 crore every year.

The government has come under considerable pressure after the Uttar Pradesh government announced its decision to implement the sixth pay panel recommendations. The state employees are hoping that they will get a hike of 25 per cent.

The main task of the committee will be to devise ways and means for the implementation of the sixth pay commission report in the hill state.

 

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Some of the regular Readers have been eager to know various aspects in which pay commission which will personally impact them. Such information as soon as available and authenticated will be posted here.   

for now the pay scales are expected to be these https://surispace.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/sixth-pay-commission-expected-payscales/ 

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India Vs. China – Valentine’s Day

Posted by Irus on February 15, 2008

It is well known India trails China economically. Time for some cultural comparisons. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Let’s see how Valentine’s was celebrated in the two nations.

Indian Valentine’s Celebrations

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GUARDING INDIA? Saffron brigade smears black paint on another couple

Chinese Valentine’s Celebrations

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WHEN CUPID STRIKES: A couple participates in a kissing contest in Wuhan, China, on Valentine’s Day. From Bondi beach to Bangkok to Beijing, people speed-dated, sang ballads and handed out roses

 

The question is how much longer will Indian society stay primitive? How long will Indian’s hypocrisy between public and private morality continue to torture youngsters in the country?

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