Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The State of Broadband in India

In recent times, many content streaming services have been introduced in India. Simultaneously, there has been a huge move towards digitization of various services from governance and banking to shopping and business, so there is increased usage of online data. For this reason, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked telecom companies and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to enhance their broadband speeds.

With its directive, TRAI has suggested that it wants to set a minimum download speed that the broadband providers should give. TRAI has set the benchmark at 512 Kbps from the current 256 Kbps. 

In 2011 too, TRAI had recommended this. At that time, it said that the minimum benchmark by 2015 will be 2 Mbps.   

Broadband in India                                                                       
TRAI reports state that more than 1.03 billion people in India use a wireless device. It expects a 30% increase in the numbers by 2017. In June 2015, it was reported that 354 million people in India use the internet. 

TRAI also reports that India has more than 108.95 million wireless broadband connections. In September 2015, there were 104.28 million broadband subscribers, which increased by more than 4 million in a month. But, the growth in wired broadband connections during the same period was 140,000, which is only 0.87%.

Industry experts say that the benchmark of 512 Kbps is not up to the mark. Users pay heavily for fiber connections and face data cap issues. The average internet speed in the world is 5 Mbps. As per Akamai 2015, India is fourth-last as it has only 14% connections with speeds of more than 4 Mbps.

The analysis indicates that a lack of value plans has slowed the broadband adoption rate in India. The Fair Usage Policy (FUP) plans that companies follow have been opposed by both critics and customers.

To overcome these challenges, India needs to focus on networking technologies. It needs to offer better speeds to customers and a good internet experience.

Tikona offering Good Speeds at Low Rates

Tikona Digital Networks is one such company in India that offers efficient speeds, while their charges are minimal. Tikona broadband has plans that cost even less than INR 600.

At INR 650 per month, subscribers enjoy speeds of 4 Mbps with 15 GB of data. For just INR 149 more, the speed can be increased to 10 Mbps with 20 GB of data.

There are a number of plans for customers, allowing users to select the most suitable plan, based on their usage requirements. The plans offer different speeds and data limits at different prices. Importantly, the company ensures that all of its plans deliver high speeds at low rates. This, along with the efficient customer service explains why the Tikona review section is filled with so many favorable comments from users. 

Rural India to be Completely Digitalized

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has suggested a public-private partnership (PPP) model to launch the broadband network in rural India.

TRAI’s Recommendations

TRAI has recommended that the PPP model should align incentives with long-term service delivery. It said that the deployment, implementation, and operation of the optical fiber cable and other network infrastructure should be done by the concessionaire. This should be done on a contract basis of around 25 years. The contract may be given an extension of 10 to 30 years.

The current government had committed that the complete rollout of the optical fiber network will be done by the end of 2016. In January this year, telecom secretary, Rakesh Garg pushed the deadline to 2018.

According to TRAI, the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) has failed to increase broadband subscription in India. That is why TRAI feels that a concessionaire should roll out the broadband network.

TRAI said that the central, as well as the state government, should become anchor clients of this project, so that they purchase at least 100 megabits per second of bandwidth at market rates.

In addition, TRAI suggested that 50% of the optical fiber should be reserved for cable service providers and telecom companies. It also said that the government should become a minority partner of the concessionaire with a 26% stake.

Aim of Digitization for Rural India

A few months ago, President Pranab Mukherjee had expressed his views on digitization. He expressed the opinion that it is very important for all homes even in rural India to be connected with the internet. He also said that the participation of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will play a crucial role in this.

He stressed the importance of innovation. Any company, big or small may come up with an excellent innovative solution to spread digitization in rural India.

Tikona’s Role in Digitization

Tikona DigitalNetworks, a Mumbai-based company offers next generation secured wireless broadband connections to home and office users. It serves 25 cities in the country. The company is moving mountains with its services in urban as well as rural India.

Founded in 2008, the company has immense potential and a great vision that could help spear head the digitization of India. Tikonabroadband will drive internet growth across the country and is now preparing to establish its service till the last mile.

In August 2015, Kerala became a ‘complete digital state.’ Tikona desires and aims to help make all the remaining 28 states of the country gain this status. It is working on the same by providing efficient and seamless broadband service.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

9 Benefits of Internet for Students

The internet is the largest resource we have for any and all kinds of information. This makes it an invaluable aid to researchers and students alike. From scientific journals, research papers, encyclopaedias to digital libraries and books, there is nothing that cannot be found online.
Here are some of the ways in which students benefit academically through improved access to the internet:

Students take part in discussions on message boards and forums. They share and exchange their ideas and opinions. The digital platform lets students understand different perspectives. They also get a chance to interact and connect with people sharing the same passion.

Video Calls:
Video calls enable students to have interactive sessions with teachers and experts. They can seek clarification and guidance from experts in any part of the world. This gives them better exposure to the subject.

Online Courses:
There are a number of online courses, many of which can even be accessed for free. Some of these online learning programs can help students develop specific skill sets that will give them greater career opportunities.

Save Money:
Students buy textbooks and study material online by comparing prices from different websites. It is always money-saving. At times they can also refer to digital libraries instead of purchasing expensive research books.

The search for a topic becomes streamlined on the internet. Entering ‘filetype:ppt’ along with the topic gives well-researched presentations and a crisp material on a particular subject.

Create Bibliography:
With the help of a website, citethisforme.com, students can create a bibliography in no time. This saves a lot of time when student are rushing to meet project deadlines.

Google Scholar brings up a list of published papers and studies. It also updates a student when a new paper is published on the relevant subject.

While studying, students may change their Facebook newsfeed. Entering the URL, ‘https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/news-feed-eradicator-for/fjcldmjmjhkklehbacihaiopjklihlgg?hl=en’ will fill the newsfeed with inspiring quotes.

Kindle Books:
Kindle books available on read.amazon.com are of a great help when working on a project. If a student is preparing a paper or researching on a topic, he may enter the keywords on Kindle to get correct quotes, and appropriate sections of the book.

All of these uses clearly state that internet benefits the students more than anything else. It enhances their knowledge. 

The information above has been provided by Tikona DigitalNetworks, a Mumbai-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) founded in mid-2008. Tikona broadband offers secured wireless connections in 25 cities of India. Connect on their high-speed and seamless network to truly enjoy the benefits of the internet. To have a look at the complete presentation, visit http://www.slideshare.net/TikonaIndia/the-internet-and-students-friends-or-foes

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My First-Hand Experience with Tikona Service

I shifted to Mumbai a few months ago and am self-employed. I work in different shifts though, because many of my clients are located overseas. For the same reason, I use the internet for more than 16 hours a day. Earlier, I used internet service from a local cable operator; however, I had to deal with constant connectivity and speed problems. After coming to Mumbai, I wanted a connection with a seamless network. I preferred a speed of at least 2 Mbps. 

On a friend’s reference, I chose Tikona broadband. I put in a service request, and as a new customer, I enjoyed a discount on the connection.

Efficient Speed:
Tikona has a number of high-speed plans. I opted for the 2 Mbps plan, as per my requirement. The company delivers the speed as promised. 

Easy Installation:
The technicians of Tikona are very knowledgeable and the entire procedure of installation was simple, quick and hassle-free. It was done with minimum equipment. The technician checked the connectivity by streaming videos. Speeds have been impressive.

Seamless Connection:
I use multiple devices on the Tikona network, simultaneously, and they all work seamlessly. Later, I converted my cabled connection to Wi-Fi using a third-party Wi-Fi router. The connection on the wireless fidelity was also smooth and efficient.

Excellent Customer Service:
Tikona has a nation-wide toll-free number for customer support, which may be reached any day at any time. It has one of the best customer services. When you call on the helpline, you can expect a swift response and equally fast resolution with minimal waiting time. You may also ask for a call back from the company. The executives at the customer care center are active and ensure that any issue is resolved at the earliest.

With so many advantages of the service, I strongly recommend that you should choose Tikona service for your devices at the earliest. From my personal experience, I can say that the Tikona service is reliable, cheaper and offers higher speeds than other telecom operators.

Overall, I would give them a 5 star rating for the service and highly recommend Tikona to other users. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

5 Internet Terms You should Know

Internet penetration has been rapidly increasing across the country and online services are more popular than ever before.  

To keep pace with the increasing demand, there has also been a large increase in the number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Choosing the right ISP and plan are important to enjoy an efficient and seamless online experience. To be able to make better choices with regard to your internet connection and online services, it helps to be acquainted with certain common terms.
Some of the common terms used by ISPs are:
1.    Broadband:
Broadband gives access to a number of data channels through a single telecommunications medium, utilizing all the multiplexing techniques. In other words, broadband includes high-speed internet deployed over optical fiber, cable, or wireless medium. In India, connections with a minimum download speed of 512 kilobits per second (kbps) are known as broadband.

2.      Data Usage Limit:
Most internet plans have data usage limits. Internet plans with high-speeds are also commonly subject to such data restrictions. Users enjoy high speed services, as defined by their plan, but once their usage crosses a data cap, speeds are reduced. This data limit is not measured in downloads alone, but is the measure of the maximum throughput allowed. This includes uploads as well. The attachments you send or the photos you upload also count in the data usage limit.  

3.    Bytes and Bits:
Bytes and bits are used to specify speeds. A byte is denoted with an uppercase ‘B’, while a bit is denoted by the lowercase ‘b’. 8 bits make up for a single byte.

4.      Fair Usage Policy:
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has made it mandatory for all the operators to inform the users once they have reached 80% and 100% of the usage limits under FUP. ISPs like Tikona Broadband have set up a web interface, where users may login and check how much data they have consumed and other details.

5.      Contention Ratio:
Contention ratio is the maximum number of users using a connection. As per international standards, the ratio for personal purpose users is 50:1, while for commercial purpose users, it is 20:1. Allowing a larger number of users reduces the speed of the connection.

With a sound understanding of these terms and concepts, you will be able to choose the right internet plan to enjoy maximum benefits. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Making the Switch to a 4G Phone

4G is the latest emerging technology in India. It is the future of mobile internet. This is why, many handset manufacturers are rolling out new phones that support 4G.

4G Phones

iPhone 5S and 6, Sony Xperia Z5 and M5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and LG G2 are just a few of the top level phones that support 4G. Most of these phones are Long-Term Evolution (LTE) enabled.

Internationally, LTE and LTE Advance support some frequency bands for smooth operation. These are Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) or Time Division Duplex (TDD). Most of the Indian phones are designed keeping this in mind. In FDD, the regulating authority of the country gives paired frequency band to operators, while this is absent in TDD. In India, most of the allocation of 4G TDD - LTE is done in the spectrum bands of 2300 MHz to 2400 MHz.

LTE mobile phones have another interesting capability, which is that of Multi Input- Multi Output (MIMO). LG G2 is one of the phones that supports MIMO. This feature is optional in Category 1 handsets, but necessary in Category 5 handsets. A MIMO device is great for many users, as these features allow it to download a video faster than any other device. It gives a throughput of over 100 Mbps in Downlink.
Before investing in a phone, check the details on the manufacturer’s webpage. Check the bands supported by any LTE-enabled handset. Understand the specifications and opt for the most suitable device.
At present, telecom operators do not offer efficient 4G services that will make your expensive phones worth the purchase, but this will soon change. To make it more worthwhile right now, operators should also give packages to attract high-end mobile phone buyers. Operators are yet to understand the potential for this target audience.
Tikona’s 4G
Tikona DigitalNetworks is one of the leading broadband internet providers in the country. The company is known for its efficient service and customer-centric focus. Experts have high expectations from the upcoming Tikona 4G launch, scheduled sometime this year.
Tikona will provide complete coverage in 30 cities, within its five telecom circles via its 4G service. The company will offer 5 to 10 times higher speeds at just 20% of the price of current internet services in the market. Its pilot project in Varanasi offers a speed of 10 Mbps.

It is important that you choose the right operator along with the right phone. A high-end handset alone will not guarantee a good experience, as you also need a superior service provider. Opt for Tikona services and get the best experience. You Tikona reviews posted by users make its reputation for quality apparent enough.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Understanding the Digital India Program

Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated his ambitious project Digital India, last year. It aims to empower people through digitization. 

Digital India will make the country ready for global challenges. Technology will be at the center of everything, meant to transform lives and help in the growth of individuals. It will also assist in the overall development of the country. The government will seek help from a number of entities to make the program a success.

Aim of Digital India

The Digital India program revolves around 3 important areas. These are:

1. Utility to citizens: The government wants to offer maximum utility to citizens. People in rural areas should also get access to high-speed internet service. They should be able to handle finances and banking tasks online. The government wants to provide them with a secure network so that they can work on the internet conveniently. Tikona Digital Networks is a company that offers a safe network to its users. Tikona reviews online show great appreciation from users.

2. On-demand services: The government’s focus is to provide e-governance and on-demand services to users. Citizens will be given easy access to information and services. Procedures will also be simplified. This will let citizens save a lot of time and help them execute important tasks conveniently.

3. Empowerment: Another important focus of Digital India is to empower the citizens. People will be made digitally literate. The government wants to make the internet easily accessible to people. It wants them to make optimum use of service. The government has introduced regional languages on the web to increase public participation. The private company, Tikona, also strives to offer the best services to people at affordable rates, so that increasing numbers can use the internet. Despite their low rates, there is no compromise on speed. A Tikona speed test proves that the company offers efficient high-speed services.   

Major Projects:
Some of the important projects under the Digital India program are:
  • The government will offer broadband services in all the gram panchayats, in villages, and in urban areas as well. It aims to establish the infrastructure by March, next year. 
  • It will connect all the 44,000 villages of India through the mobile network.  
  • The government will make important services online. It will issue documents like voter ID cards and school certificates online. It will also offer services of health, education, and justice, among others through electronic means. 
  • The government will provide a platform to citizens for two-way interaction. The government will make them aware of new government schemes through it and citizens may send their suggestions on the same. 
  • The Digital India initiative has increased the usage of internet in India. Its larger goal will bring more and more citizens closer to the digital world. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tikona’s Attractive 4G Strategy

Tikona Digital Networks is gearing up for the launch of its 4G services and has designed an efficient strategy for the same.
Tikona’s Services in Varanasi
Tikona targets homes and small offices for its services. The Mumbai-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) has already launched the services as a pilot project in Varanasi, in October.
In Varanasi, Tikona has built capacities to cover 50,000 homes. It introduced the Tikona Zabbardusplan in the city. Under this plan, Tikona provides broadband services with up to 6 Mbps speed. For a plan with a 50 GB data limit, users need to pay INR 1,500 per month, while INR 2,000 per month will increase the limit to 80 GB. Tikona 4G is offered in Varanasi at places like Sigra, Kamaksha, Paharia, Nadesar, Durgakund, and Gadholiya, among other areas.
Tikona had won 4G spectrum licenses in 5 regions of North-West India. These include Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh East, and Uttar Pradesh West. The company is planning to reuse the Varanasi model in different cities of these circles. It will soon launch services at other places.
Founder, ManagingDirector (MD), and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tikona, Prakash Bajpai, said, “We are hopeful that subscribers in Varanasi will get to experience world-class home broadband services which they can use conveniently for various reasons.”
Tikona’s 4G Plan
Tikona has planned an efficient 4G strategy. Its strategy is different from other telecom companies in the country. Most of the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) providers are focusing on outdoor and mobile coverage, but Tikona has its focus on home broadband, since the day of its inception. Tikona has a great opportunity in this sector as none of the other companies have their focus on home broadband services. Tikona aims to provide blanket coverage to all the cities coming under its circles.
Bajpai informed that Tikona excels in a technology which is wireless from start to end, but offers wireline technology. The company has devised a cost structure that is just 10% of a wireline company in terms of supply. Additionally, Tikona is keen on offering innovative products that will help to deal with the issues of Indian broadband industry.
Unlike other companies, Tikona need not focus on a content eco-system for the success of 4G services. Tikona will only have to focus on building capacities for homes. Tikona believes that the internet is the mother of all content and this will itself push usage. As the usage of smartphones increases within households, data consumption will also increase. This will let Tikona earn lots of profits.
Apart from covering all households in the cities, Tikona broadband will also be deployed in nearby villages. The company has been collecting fiber from varied operators.

Tikona has planned to go for a 50% market share and 70% traffic share in cities for indoor broadband services. With all of these strategies, Tikona is position for huge market gains, making the company increasingly attractive to investors.