Archive for the ‘Telecom’ Category

Cingular can learn some lessons from the East

April 7, 2006

Cingular announced that it will introduce Ringtones from MySpace for its customers. Cingular must try to catch up with its European and Asian peers by introducing Caller Tunes, little or unknown in the American market. In India, Hutch and Airtel lets you customize caller tunes so that your friends or business partners waiting to talk to you can listen to the song of their choice. All of these features are available on Cell as well as regular land phones.


Tropos routers a FONero ? A Win-Win for all.

February 8, 2006

I am not quite certain why Google is so aggressively pursuing network infrastructure, so I will believe in what John Battelle is saying,

Yes, but what if you need that distribution(internet) to run those high margin services over? More as the Superbowl buzz wears off.

I was thinking on how FONero movement can succeed. Tropos immediately struck to my mind. Oho! Ya Tropos’ WMR was an original & unique idea I had presented in my Network Appliance Design class 5 years ago. Lets analyze how Tropos can help FON and Google.

Tropos’ mesh network is a wi-max clone(not exactly) and is successfuly deployed in several places. Tropos’ 5210 routers form the private mesh network with only few of them acting as Internet gateways. Consumers use Tropos’ 3210 routers to connect to 5210 private network and thus to the WWW. Now for instance lets imagine all the 5210s and 3210s were to act as Fonero, then someone like me who needs to connect to the WWW can opt for either of those connections, depending on cost/speed. I can also use a VoIP based phone(a Google Talk enabled phone ?) just like a cell phone within the network. FON & its partners should consider talking to Tropos(and similar companies if any) to act as FONeros.

Re: Om Mailk’s What is Huawei ?

January 10, 2006

Huawei is known for creating controversies around the world. They first stole CISCOs IP and later agreed to co-operate under pressure. In India they are part of bigger controversy. In 2001, they were suspected by the Government of India for spying; their close ties with Chinese Military and our neighbor Pakistan had put the company under Indian intelligence radar before clearing their proposals for expansion. Now they joined hands with Himachal Futurustic Comunications Ltd, which has equally bad reputation in India for rigging telecom licenses during Narsimha Rao’s period and looting investors like Kerry Packer during the 2000 boom. Huawei & HFCL failed to supply BSNL’s CDMA equipment order and thus got themselves automatically disqualified for BSNL’s larger upcoming tender of 60 million GSM lines. Hope Dayanidhi Maran is listening.