Archive for April, 2012

Launching Airtel’s 4G services in Kolkata Tuesday, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal admitted that 3G services have not been as popular as 2G due to lack of liquidity in the market to invest in the infrastructure and the devices required.

“We will give the environment to the industry to manufacture low cost quality smart phones. But it is the industry which has to deliver. This is the biggest challenge for the industry,” he told reporters.

“3G has not delivered because they paid such huge prices for the spectrum and there is no liquidity in the market for them to invest in the infrastructure and the devices to deliver 3G, for which 2G was successful and 3G was not successful.”

He hoped that the industry would keep this in mind and “ensure that people of this country have low cost devices”.

Sibal was speaking at the launch of broadband wireless access (BWA) services based on 4G technology here.

Telecom major Bharti Airtel Tuesday became the first telecom operator to launch broadband wireless access (BWA) services based on 4G technology in the country.

The high speed service was inaugurated by Sibal.

A successor to the 3G and 2G families, 4G is expected to be five times quicker than 3G services. It would offer services such as high-definition mobile TV and video conferencing.

Asked when the 4G will be rolled out in other cities, the company’s chairman and managing director Sunil Mittal said: “We are working very fast to launch in the other circles that we have.

“Hopefully, within this month it will be launched in Bangalore, within weeks followed by Pune, and then Chandigarh.”

Airtel, which had bagged BWA spectrum in four telecom circles – Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka – for rs. 3,314.36 crore in 2010, selected Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE to manage its services in Kolkata.

The other players are yet to announce plans to rollout 4G services.

Around 30 per cent of all internet traffic is pornography, and the biggest porn site gets over four billion page views and 350 million unique visits per month, a study has found.

The ExtremeTech website said the only other websites that surpass this figure in size are Google and Facebook, the Daily Mail reported.

The report uncovered the viewing figures for porn website Xvideos from Google’s DoubleClick Ad Planner, which uses cookies to gather information about users.

It also used actual data from the second biggest porn site, YouPorn, to check how much data is being transferred out of the website’s servers.

The average length of time spent on Xvideos was 15 minutes. Around 29 petabytes a month, or 50 gigabytes per second, of pornography is being transferred.

The YouPorn website hosts over 100TB of porn, gets 100 million page views and transfers 950 terabytes per day.

Earlier this year, over 6,400 passwords and emails of YouPorn users were hacked and details revealed online.

As the internet takes to center-stage, browsers and the user-experience they deliver are becoming increasingly important. This scenario has HTML 5 being hailed as the future of the web, whether for the desktop or on mobile platforms.

But in an interview with SiliconIndia at its India Software Developer Conference, Aditya Bansod, Senior Director of Product Management at Sencha (a web-app and Mobile HTML5 developer framework) noted that the two areas that HTML 5 is seen lacking as of now, are the areas of gaming, and enterprise IT and security.

So although HTML5 framework and mobile app developing companies have created tools that could be used with CSS3 (and other platforms) to alternate Flash for gaming, “Today still, there’s no better platform for gaming than Flash is,” Bansod noted.

“HTML 5 as a gaming platform is not like Flash. It can be used with a number of other technologies like Silverlight, Web GL, CSS3 transition, CSS3 animation, and many others, but it’s still in the process of getting built and it’s not where Flash is,” he said. “Browsers, moreover, currently aren’t very good at letting the core technologies (Web GL and such) be used for gaming.”

But according to a blog post by AppMobi (another HTML5 development ecosystem), HTML 5 represents an ideal unifying technology that could be used to develop games and apps for a number of platforms (mobile included,) and all at the same time.

Bansod agreed with this viewpoint, saying that for the desktop web, Flash is one of the best tools one could use, especially for gaming, but for mobile, it doesn’t seem to be making any progress. “It’s not as good as it is for the desktop.” This scenario brings about the need for alternatives– in the case of a Flash video replacement (for example) H264 video and AAC audio are used along with the HTML video tag for YouTube on your phone. This replaces a lot of the flash elements. “But for gaming, there’s still no good answer,” noted Banod.

“Another area that I see HTML5 having room to grow is that of Enterprise level security, Enterprise management, Encrypted Data and such,” said Bansod. He noted that a lot of ways to implement applications for these areas were given by Java, and some were supplemented by Flash, and Silverlight, but Bansod said that HTML 5 isn’t there yet.

These two areas are where, according to Bansod, standards are moving ahead of the implementation. He said “I think we need the major players like Google and Microsoft to build on the platform layer, and make Web GL become a really powerful tool, and then we’ll start seeing it, especially in mobile. I think the big next step lies in getting all of that to mobile.”