Thursday, December 18, 2014

Milestone for Tikona as it Breaks even on the EBITDA Front

Tikona Digital Networks (TDS), which has received rave reviews from broadband critics, as well as users alike, was founded in 2008 by some long-standing luminaries of India’s ever-growing Telecom Industry. Spearheaded by CEO Prakash Bajpai, the company which is just under seven years old has received rave reviews from customer’s offers various solutions in the internet services category. In just over five years, Tikona managed to become one of the top three broadband service providers in India with a 2.75 lakh subscriber base in 25 cities spread across the country. With substantial investment from blue-chip Private Equity firms, Tikona has managed to carve out a niche for itself in the fast-growing telecom industry in India. An example of this is the 40,000 outdoor wireless access points across the country making it world's largest outdoor Wi-Fi network provider. In mid-2012, Tikona hit an impressive milestone, breaking even (EBITDA); which is among the fastest in the telecommunications space!

After conclusive planning and substantial research into the missing element in the broadband services space, Tikona rolled out its unique small cell network architecture in 2008. After thorough investment in technology and innovation, including 7000 man hours, the engineers and senior management of the company were satisfied with the new, cutting-edge ultra-low-cost model. An interesting thing to note is that the average monthly download per subscriber on Tikona’s fast growing broadband network in 25 Indian Cities has steadily climbed from 6 GB download per month 2 years ago to 20 GB download per month. This is particularly significant as it’s the most any wireless internet operator has ever seen.

Like every great offering that achieves phenomenal gains on the financial spectrum along with continued customer satisfaction, the key here has been the high-performance wireless last mile solution. This has enabled TDN to deliver Internet service profitably at Rupees 15 to Rupees 25 per Gigabyte at very fast speeds that for example, support two to four simultaneous video streams. Crucially, all of this is achieved at nearly a tenth of the cost of mobile or portable solutions like dongles.

Empowering India


One of the biggest problems India is facing in this age of digital connectivity is the lack of last-mile infrastructure. As a result, broadband penetration is quite poor outside the metros and Tier-I cities. Building up new infrastructure in this regard is very expensive and difficult to build and no significant investment has been made in last 5 years by telecom operators. This is an area of special interest to Tikona as the CEO has said that by leveraging the strengths of 4G OFDM efficiency, large contiguous spectrum, small cell configuration and smart antenna technologies, the company can deliver optimum performance and reliability at a fraction of the cost of setting up new Fiber connections. With such initiatives along with continuous up gradation to its existing portfolio, Tikona looks set to expand the coverage and capacity of its modular network




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Network Security – Tikona’s efforts to protect its Users

Network security is a big deal. Ever since some rogue elements have attempted to use the internet’s incredibly accessible structure for their own wicked ends, the matter of security, data breach particularly in financial transactions and overall safety on the internet have been topics garnering considerable interest from the general public. And this is growing. With that in mind, Tikona, one of the leading broadband internet providers in India have taken considerable efforts to protect its users.

The Basics 


Tikona relays internetconnectivity wirelessly across a large area. This is then sent using conventional cables across a very short distance from a receiver to your home or office. This receiver is usually found on the rooftop of a building. The network connection that is offered by Tikona is a secure one. The company uses Standard Protocols and technologies in a Hierarchical implementation .In order to make Tikona Wireless Network highly Secure, Advance Multi-Layer Security Techniques, that are not available in the wire-line world, have been developed and deployed.
Some of the aspects that contribute in increased wireless security include strong encryption over wireless network, Wireless Protected Access II (WPA2) encryption and the use of AES cipher, a very strong encryption mechanism.

WPA2

Tikona Secure Wireless Network uses Most Advance Wireless Protected Access II (WPA2) encryption along with Advance Encryption System (AES ) to connect between Two Wireless End Points . WPA2 is a pervasive, global standard widely adopted in highly secure environments. WPA2 helps protect networks against hacker threats such as man-in-the-middle attacks, authentication forging, reply, key collision, weak keys, packet forging, and brute-force/dictionary attacks.

AES Cipher

Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a specification for the encryption of electronic data. AES is the best known and most widely used block cipher. It is so secure that its use is authorized by various government agencies, including the United States Government and the NSA.
The AES cipher is a key feature of Tikona’s offerings that utilizes a 128 bit Key and a 48 bit Initialization Vector that makes WPA-2 AES encryption scheme unbreakable. Additionally, using 802.1x EAP-TTLS key management is taken care of and data and header integrity is maintained through CCMP.

In summation, Tikona has taken care to ensure that your security is never compromised. While offering connectivity that has fast internet speed and a plethora of internet plans, the company has maintained a security infrastructure that is virtually impenetrable and ensures that your data cannot be misused. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

About Tikona Digital Networks

About the Company

In India’s fast growing internet landscape, Tikona Digital Networks offers some unique. The Mumbai based-company builds next generation secured wireless broadband services for home and enterprise customers. These services are offered in 25 cities.
Tikona specializes in wireless broadband service. The company was founded by veterans in the Indian telecom sector. Cutting edge technologies such as 4th Generation OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing) & MIMO (Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output) form a critical component of the service. OFDM plays a huge role in providing the customers with a great experience in addition to efficient usage of spectrum. MIMO is the use of multiple antennas at both the transmitter and receiver to improve communication performance. It is a smart antenna technology. It offers a significant increase in data throughput.

Growth

TDN, since its inception in 2008 has seen impressive growth. The company is now turning its focus on a comprehensive services framework that can deliver leading edge voice, video, IT applications and multimedia content services over any broadband or IP-centric network. The important thing to note is that this can be replicated across geographies for global internet service providers, who desire to offer next generation services to their customers. As such, Tikona has engaged the best-in-class technology partners to build the required capability frameworks.
TDN possesses an all India Class-A ISP license granted by the Ministry of Communications, Govt. of India. Using the best-in-class technology partners, TDN envisions a powerful broadband-enabled India and will make all possible contribution to make this happen.
Innovation being a driving force, Tikona has created a platform to conceive and incubate new ideas in order to develop and deliver useful services and solutions for customers, thereby sustaining its competitive advantages.

Additional Information

Tikona Digital Networks was founded in 2008 by experienced professionals in the Telecom Industry and has secured funding from blue-chip Private Equity and Venture Capital firms. Private equity companies Goldman Sachs holds a 40% stake, Oak Investment Partners hold a 20% stake, Everstone holds a 10% stake, and L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited hold a 4% stake. The remaining 26% is held by Tikona Trust which is spearheaded by Founder & CEO Prakash Bajpai.

To find out more, please click here

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tikona Internet Plans

Tikona Digital Networks, popularly known as, 'Tikona' is a broadband wireless internet service provider. The company, based out of Mumbai, India offers some intriguing internet solutions to cater to the needs of India's fast growing user base. 

The various plans are segmented into four types. This has been done on the basis of usage. The internet plans offered are as follows:

Heavy Usage Plans: Best suited for those who consume greater than 50 GB per month
·        Medium Usage Plans: Best suited if usage is 20 - 30 GB per month
·        Light Usage Plans: Best suited if usage is up to 10 GB per month
·        Flexi Usage Plans: Best suited for light internet users who don’t want the hassles of bills. 
Tikona Digital Networks has an interesting online tool which picks the best plan for you, depending on your usage. To find out the best plan for you, please click here
Tikona is able to offer competitive pricing for its services due to a wide range of plans, Monthly internet packages start as low as Rupees 500 and vary according to the data usage.

SOHO Plan
The SOHO Plan is an attractive proposition for users wanting virtually no limit on their data usage. The plans allow customers unlimited down from 8PM to 8AM at high speeds (>2MBPS). The speed offered during the day is 512KBPS. 

Value Added Services

Apart from the various broadband plans on offer, Tikona Digital Networks also offers two value added services. They are,
Static IP - :Allows remote access to your home network for applications like web hosting, VPN, surveillance, home automation, etc.
SECURED WI-Fi - :With this option, you can secure your Wi-Fi network with Tikona all_home solution, compliant to DOT guidelines on Wi-Fi security. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Tikona Review - An Introduction

Tikona Digital Networks (TDN) builds next generation secured wireless broadband services for home and enterprise customers. The company offers its services in 25 Indian cities. Catering to a diverse consumer base, Tikona Digital Networks offers a multitude of internet plans.

This page is for users of Tikona’s Broadband services to post reviews, user experiences and grievances (if any). We welcome any feedback you may have about our products or services. Please reach out to us through phone or email. A list of phone numbers for specific queries is given below:

Customer Care (Toll Free No.) - 1860-3000-3434


A hallmark of the company’s services is its on-call tech support. It saves field visits and provides speedy resolution of most of the technical issues that can be resolved over the phone. For  any technical issue that requires a physical visit; same is arranged as per convenience of the subscriber. Moreover for every such visit, the subscriber receives information about the visiting engineer beforehand through an SMS.

On Call Tech Support (technical Hotline): 022-40629629

You can also check out Tikona's Forum here