The Indian Net-Neutrality Debate

In the last few weeks, on Social Media circles where I am present, there have been shrill cries on alleged “Net-Neutrality” compromises in India based on an opposition to Airtel Zero plan and Internet.Org setup by Reliance.

I have been pointing out the flaws in the arguments and have received a lot of flak. An analysis of arguments from the other camp led me to conclude that there is a lack of understanding on what is “Net-Neutrality”, that there is a “transference of anger” from another problem and triggered some thoughts on future needs.

Here I would like to share some of those thoughts…

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Customer Attitude Towards Utilities And Telecom

While I was reading up on the WCIT 2012 and the bid to control the Internet – despite stereotypical resistance, I feel a certain amount of control is overdue – I was drawn to the other happening item – that of a Broadband Outage in Telecom’s Services in New Zealand. As is my wont when I read of news of network / service outage, I read up the customer comments below the news.

Made some interesting reading…

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Digitization of Business

Every business tries to improve its performance and deliver better value to its stakeholders. There is a plethora of technologies that are available today, using which organisations try to stay ahead in the race. But there is always the problem of deciding when a technology is good to invest in and if the investment will yield the desired business results.

Besides, in today’s world, there is a range of applications that have been created and used by Enterprises world-over. So, what is new that upcoming technologies will yield?

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Need For Unbundling Local Loop In India

This is about my most recent experience with my broadband service. Ten days back, the ADSL modem supplied and installed by my broadband provider had become erratic. The trouble to get a correct response from the operator about what can be done about it took a total of 13 days from the time the problem was encountered! So, I decided to deactivate from the service.

As of this moment, my application with the other service provider is still under progress and may take another week before I can go back to a wire-line Internet from my wireless rig-up.

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A new era for PTTs…

The most happening news story in the telecom industry where billions of dollars are being invested today is obviously that of the National Broadband Network in Australia. The investment is happening as a Government initiative leading to the creation of an open-access service provider (Australian NBN Co.) which turns the conventional belief that PTTs never did any country any good on its head. This is not the first Government to have gone back to the PTT era temporarily to give its citizens a jump-started communications facility – Singapore and, closer home, New Zealand too have embarked on similar initiatives, with Singapore, not surprisingly, being in the more advanced state. Continue reading