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Google's plan to bring the internet to the world through balloons is ready for the next level
In the world of win-wins, Google's Loon project has got to be a top candidate. 3.4 billion people around the world still don't have internet. The cost of covering this population with traditional cellphone towers or broadband is prohibitive. Enter, Google's Loon project, which uses hot air balloons to provide connectivity to hundreds of thousands of people. Of course, Google can serve more ads and make more money once these people join the web, but the internet itself can potentially be free and net-neutral. This project has gone through several generations of R&D now within Alphabet and is beginning to look promising. Case in point, the company managed to connect over 250,000 people to the internet in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria last year - some who had never been connected in the first place - and kept a balloon in the area for 98 days. (It hopes, in the future to be able to keep balloons in the air for 200 days.)

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TRAI doesn’t want you to pay after 100 SMSes, seeks removal of limit

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or TRAI released a draft regulation seeking the removal of the current 100 SMS limit.



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Vodafone Idea likely to pay Rs 1000 cr in AGR dues today: Source

Vodafone Idea is expected to transfer Rs 1000 crore as AGR dues to the government on Thursday since the stipulated date, Friday, will fall on the fest..

Mukesh Ambani’s Jio disagrees with Airtel, Vodafone on everything except tariffs and transparency

Reliance Jio has backed Airtel and Vodafone Idea against TRAI’s plans of bringing transparency to the telecom sector. The telco had earlier requested TRAI

One year later, the future of foldables remains uncertain

Consumer response to the Galaxy Z Flip has been nothing short of amazing and has exceeded our expectations. The Galaxy Z Flip is currently sold out online

Telcos’ dues to jump after new DoT math

Calculation of AGR dues on for FY18, FY19; amount may rise by up to 40%

Industry is in a bad shape, but Airtel was always safe: Mittal

The reassuring words from one of the country’s most-experienced telecom executives comes amid heightened concerns over the ability of mobile compani..

Samsung's next foldable phone to be launched in India soon, here's how much it costs!

Galaxy Z Flip features a 6.7-inch main display (1.1-inch upon folding), 12MP dual rear camera setup, 10MP front camera, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage.

Realme X50 Pro, India's first 5G smartphone to be launched soon; check out expected price, specs

Realme X50 Pro India Launch: Realme X50 Pro's launch event will take place in Delhi. This smartphone by Realme will be available in two colours-Rust Red and Moss Green

Will India Face Smartphone Crunch Amid Coronavirus Outbreak?

Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, manufacturing in China has hit a near-complete shutdown which is now impacting smartphone market in India.

What's AGR and why are Vodafone Idea, Airtel in trouble? An explainer

Telcos owe Rs 1.47 lakh crore to DoT, including Rs 92,600 crore as licence fee and Rs 55,100 crore as spectrum usage charges; of total amount, Vodafone Idea owes maximum Rs 53,000 crore

Internet service provider protest new UCC rates as they claim Airtel is favoured

The Internet Service providers of Uganda have written to the Ministry of ICT  protesting the new fees and fines structure that was imposed on them last year. The ISP is one of the longest serving internet providers within the country, having started its work as early as 1990 to date and they believe that the …

$5 billion fund up for telecom carriers, says Cisco’s Kaul

In an interaction with ETTelecom’s Muntazir Abbas, Sanjay Kaul, Asia Pacific & Japan – Service Provider Business chief at Cisco spoke on growth in..

Govt to bar telecom vendors of countries that disallow purchase from Indian firms

The Department of Telecom will bar telecom vendors of those countries that would disallow or exclude Indian suppliers from providing network gears used for wifi, fixed line and cellular networks, including 5G services, in their respective local markets, according to an official order.

This is how the telecom sector was rescued from bankruptcy in 1999

India’s brush with mobile telephony started in the mid-1990s, but the beginning was far from smooth.

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