4G is here!

So finally 4G has been launched in India. First City was Kolkatta and Second one is Bangalore. Last time I visited Kolkatta, in 2008, while my hotel had wifi and broadband, most of the people were still using Dial-up connections. So launch of new technology does not means penetration. Apart from cost, the quality of service also matters. Read the following:

In its primer to the media, Airtel says that download speeds on its 4G networks can reach up to 40 mbps and uploads up to 20 mbps, on the move. However, the technical peak speed requirements (prescribed by the International Telecommunications Union – Radio) for 4G service is 100 megabits per seconds (mbps) for high mobility communication (that is while on the move in vehicles) and 1 gigabit per second for low-mobility communication. THE KEY DIFFERENCE Technology-wise, what distinguishes a 4G network from others is that it uses packet data switching techniques (it does not support traditional circuit-switched telephony service). While the frequency used for 2G, 3G and 4G is the same, the modulation differs. Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/article3412720.ece)

So even at the time of launch, the speed of 4G is not upto the mark. These launches are merely symbolic. The 3G, by all the Carriers, has issues. Either it lags or its coverage is uniform. In such situation, such launches have no practical value.It is only conceited self-serving.

BTW 4G the next generation technology which is different from CDMA and GSM and it aims to replace both, eventually.

© Sandeep Bhalla

Relince fraud — CDMA Tab

Bangalore panorama

Last year around Diwali, Reliance Communications had launched its 3g Tab priced at Rs.12,999. What it willfully concealed that this tab was GSM as well as CDMA, as is apparent from its brochure as also the settings option inside the tab. But Reliance Communications, like other communication companies in India, is least consumer friendly. Misleading consumers for its marketing strategy, causes no ripples in its board room nor affect the poise of its illustrious chairman. At the launch of CDMA it is claimed:

” The 7-inch capacitive touch screen Tab with Android 2.3 OS (operating system) from Reliance Communications comes with a 512 MB RAM and micro SD external storage. Weighing 397 gram, it has a 2 MP rear camera and a front camera. The company, which launched 3G Tab last year, is offering a free 4 GB SD card with the CDMA version. The device supports up to 32 GB storage. The CDMA Tab was, on Monday, launched in Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune. (See http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/gadgets/article2988770.ece)

All the above features are the same as in the Tab launched as 3g. In fact the tab is Sim locked as against the carrier lock which means that the Sim on which the tab is activated is the only Sim on which it will work. In fact the Reliance by misleading the people as well as Competition Commission by showing the same product as two different products, has successfully committed the unfair trade practice which is not permissible in law. All this while Competition Commission of India and TRAI are found napping.