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MTNL to offer 2GB data per day, unlimited on-net calls at Rs 319

NEW DELHI, March 31: MTNL said that it will offer 2GB of 3G data per day and unlimited calling within its network for Rs 319 from April 1.

"On its 31st anniversary, MTNL announces new plan from April 1, 2017 that offers 2 GB of 3G data per day and unlimited calling within MTNL network for Rs 319 for Delhi and Mumbai mobile customers," the state-run telecom operator said in a statement.

The telecom operator has operations in Mumbai and Delhi.

The plan will remain valid for 28 days after which MTNL customers will have to recharge with same value for availing benefits.

Bharti Airtel, the country's largest telecom operator, recently came up with a new revamped plans to offer 1 GB 4G data per day bundled with unlimited calls to counter Reliance Jio's prime plans.

Airtel's Rs 345 plan now offers 1GB of 4G data per day along with local and STD voice calls free per month. This 1GB data will be available as 500MB on day time and 500MB on night hours, according to text messages sent by the company to some subscribers.

Vodafone and Idea Cellular, India's second and third-biggest telecom operators, have also come up with new plans with daily data and free unlimited voice calls for prepaid customers to counter Reliance Jio Infocomm's data-rich offers starting April 1.

Vodafone India's new Rs 342 plan gives users unlimited calls and 28 GB of data per month, subject to a limit of 1 GB a day, as per the fair usage policy, according to text messages sent by the company to some subscribers.

Idea, an Aditya Birla Group telco, is offering unlimited voice and 500 MB of data a day for 28 days at Rs 348.

Blackberry KEYone smartphone coming to India soon

NEW DELHI: Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry recently launched its newest Android-based smartphone - KEYone, at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. And now, an India-based retailer has listed the handset online with price and specifications.

Mobile portal has listed the Blackberry KEYone with an expected price tag of Rs 39,999. The listing further reveals that the smartphone will come in Black colour and have a one-year warranty. The accessories will include power cable, power adapter and headset.

In terms of specifications, Blackberry KEYone has a 4.5-inch Full HD IPS display of 1080x1920 pixel resolution, and a pixel density of around 433ppi. The Android 7.1 Nougat-based smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. There's also 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD cards of up to 2TB in size.

For imaging, Blackberry KEYone sports a 12MP Sony IMX378 sensor, which is the same sensor that the Google Pixel uses. The camera comes with f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. It can record videos in 4K resolution as well. There's also an 8MP front-facing shooter with wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture.

Blackberry KEYone is powered by a 3,505mAh non-removable battery, which is claimed to be the largest ever used in a Blackberry smartphone. The handset has USB Type-C connectivity and a 'Boost' mode, which works in tandem with Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 4G NFC, GPS, Bluetooth and 3.5mm audio. BlackBerry Smart Hub is also there.

Blackberry KEYone's highlight feature is its 'Smart' physical QWERTY keyboard, something that Blackberry is renowned for. Each key can be customized to launch new applications. This means that there can be a total of 52 different shortcuts for apps. The Spacebar key also integrates a fingerprint sensor.

Jio crosses 100 m customers, to cover 99% of population in 2017: Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh AmbaniMUMBAI, Feb 21: Reliance Jio has crossed the milestone of 100 million customers within 170 days of its inception. RIL chief Mukesh Ambani, in a press conference today said that Jio has added seven customers to its network every single second of each day in the last 5 months.

“By end of 2017, Jio network will cover 99 percent of the country’s population,” Ambani said.

As of December, India’s total mobile subscribers base grew 2.5 percent wherein Jio added more than 72 percent new users in last four months of 216. As per the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s data, Jio had 6.4 percent of total wireless customers in India by December. J

io launched services on September 5 but has since offered free voice and data calls through its 'Welcome' and 'New Year' offers. It will start its tariff plan from April 2017 onwards.

After its initial free plan, Jio had launched its Happy New Year offer offering free voice and data services. This plan will lapse on March 31.

According to statistics, Reliance Jio users consumed data as much as that of the US and 50 percent data of half of China, Ambani said.

Elaborating on the growth since its launch, Ambani said that the Jio users have made more than 200 crore minutes of video and voice calls. Users consumed more than 100 crore gigabytes of data in January 2017, which is more than 3.3 crore GB data per day.

The company plans to double its existing data capacity in the next two years. Post the launch of Jio, India became the number one in mobile data usage in the world. The network now boasts double the number of 4G stations in comparison to all the other operators, Ambani said.

India has capability to set up space station, says ISRO chief

INDORE, Feb 21: ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar on Monday said the country has the capability to set up a space station, but it needed a long-term approach and an ambitious planning.

His comment follows Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) display of technological prowess last week by launching 104 satellites in a single mission.

“We have all the capabilities to set up a space station. The day the country takes the decision, we will ‘ok’ the project. Just draw a policy and provide us necessary funds and time,” Kumar said here.

He was in the city to attend the foundation day ceremony of Raja Ramanna Center for Advanced Technology (RRCAT).

“We still talk about what would be the immediate benefits of a manned space mission. That is why the country hasn’t made up its mind about when to invest in a space station,” he said.

A long-term thinking was needed for setting up a space station, he said, adding “the sooner the better.”

Kumar said ISRO was also mulling tying up with the industry to enhance the country’s satellite launching capability.

Many more satellites were needed to keep a tab on the land and weather conditions and to enhance the communication network, he said.

This would be possible with increase in the number of satellite launches, for which the country needed to enhance the basic infrastructure and reduce the cost of equipment, he added.

The number of companies manufacturing small satellites has gone up across the world, but these companies could not launch them, therefore this area had immense commercial potential and India could tap it by enhancing the launch facilities, the ISRO chief said.

ISRO sets new record with launch of 104 satellites

SRIHARIKOTA, Feb 15: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a record 104 satellites in one go on Wednesday morning on board a single rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

Prime Minister Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated ISRO for setting new record with launch of 104 satellites

The space agency began the countdown for the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)’s 39th flight on Tuesday after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval for lift off, ISRO said. Scientists had commenced filling of the propellant for the rocket, it added.

The PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 Series satellite mission includes international payloads.

PSLV first launched the 714 kg CARTOSAT-2 Series satellite for earth observation and then inject 103 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 664 kg at lift-off into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 520 km from Earth.

ISRO scientists have used the XL Variant – the most powerful rocket – earlier used in the ambitious Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).

India to launch record 104 satellites next week

BENGALURU, Feb 6: India will create history by launching a record 104 satellites, including 101 foreign ones, into the earth's lower orbit, on February 15 from Andhra Pradesh, an official said on Monday.

"We have tentatively decided to launch the satellites at one go around 9 a.m. into the sun-synchronous orbit, about 500 km above the earth," said an official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) here.

Of the total earth-observation satellites, three are Indian, 88 are from the US and the rest from Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

"A 320-tonne rocket -- Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) -- will launch the satellites with a combined weight of 1,500 kg, including the 650 kg Cartosat-2D and two nano-satellites (INS-1A and INS-1B) weighing 15 kg each," the official said.

The combined weight of 100 foreign micro or smaller satellites will be 820 kg.

Though the Indian space agency had launched 20 satellites in one shot on June 22, 2016, the launch of 104 satellites will surpass the 37 satellites launch record set by a Russian rocket on June 19, 2014 and 29 satellites launched by NASA on November 19, 2013.

"The countdown will begin 48 hours before the lift off after the launch authorization board gives final clearance for the mission keeping in view the weather conditions and other preparedness at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre," said another official.

The launch of over 100 spacecraft together will be a major achievement for India as such an attempt was not made before by any of the dozen space-faring nations.

The constellation of 88 small satellites, weighing 5 kg each, of the US earth observation firm Planet will be separated from the rocket in different directions to avoid them colliding when being deployed in the orbit.

"The satellites will be in the same orbit with distance between them increasing due to their relative velocities," said the second official.

At an altitude of 500 km, the spacecraft will take about 90 minutes to complete one polar orbit over the earth.

"The satellites will be injected into the sun synchronous orbit at different slots at different angles and at different times," added the official.

ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar earlier said the space agency would maximize its rocket capability to launch more satellites in a single mission for maximum return on investment.

"By launching 104 satellites together, we are trying to maximize our workhorse rocket's capability and optimally utilise it for maximum return on investment," Kumar said on January 11.

As an advanced remote sensing satellite, Cartosat-2D has a single panchromatic camera to beam scene-specific spot imageries of more than one meter spatial resolution and a swath of 10 km for cartographic applications.

The two Inertial Navigational System (INS-IA & INS-1B) use a computer, motion sensors and rotation sensors (gyroscopes) to calculate the position, orientation and velocity (direction and speed) of a moving object without external references.

BSNL cuts monthly rental for 'unlimited calling' from landline to Rs 49

NEW DELHI, Feb 7: State-run telecom operator BSNL today halved the monthly rental for unlimited calling from landline to any network on Sundays and night hours to Rs 49 from Rs 99.

" attract new customers to experience wireline services, BSNL launched a very cost effective and affordable promotional landline voice plan 'Experience LL 49'," BSNL said in a statement.

Under this plan, fixed monthly charges of Rs 49 is being charged for first six months and after that, the customer shall be charged as per the general plan of the respective area.

BSNL customers can make unlimited calls to any network every Sunday and during night hours (9 pm to 7 am).

BSNL is the only operator which is offering such a low cost landline voice plan in the country, said N K Gupta, Director (CFA), BSNL Board.




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