If you market it right, you can market shit. Claim it to be healthy for you and you would have people eating it out of your hands. Dirty analogy apart, ISP’s are getting away with doing just that. When fingered, they pass around the buck and blame the Government for everything. I agree that governmental policies have a big role to play here but idiots distribute 1Mbps bandwidth to a thousand suckers who are hooked on to porn 24×7. Speeds are bound to suffer. Who is to blame here?
There is no one among the people in the responsible positions in the ISP land and asking uncomfortable questions. Just like British Telecom (BT) is doing in UK. I am not great fan of Brits but then they realise the urgency and atleast the media is aware of the situation.
I talked to a journo of a “reputed” newspaper and she sounded like a retard. Hat tip: the one who carried out a full page write up in Hindustan Times. With people like these at the helm of affairs and their own prejudiced ideas about when to give a coverage instead of hammering the issue, we are surely at a loss. However, I am keeping my fingers crossed that intelligence should strike her from heavens and she should utter “broadband” with every breath she takes. My wishful thinking.
So that’s about it. We would never ever see light at the end of this long dark tunnel.
I cam across these write ups in media (1, 2, 3) which says that Blackberrys are a security threat. If so, they should be shut down with immediate effect. They are playtools for spoilt and the rich and frankly, has no adherents among the mass of mobile users. Overpriced and useless phones, the government’s decision would affect only a miniscule minority of corporate “honchos”. Up theirs!
Mobile Virtual Network Operator or MVNO is a “backdoor” entry in Indian telecom. Indian laws don’t allow this at all. Yet, Virgin India “tied” up with Tata and leased out their spectrum (? perhaps) and advertised here. Tatas claim that this is just a rebranding exercise. The email from the PR department didn’t sound so.
It has been a fiasco. Tatas feel that they can roughshod over the existing laws and garner a share of suckers who feel that it’s cool to get paid for incoming calls. Bah! How naive can people get? I believe, that one has to pay something upfront to “activate this service”. In any case, this is only product differential they have in an increasingly crowded market. With the eminent launch of newer services, this segment of consumers would surely weigh in gimmicks like these to purchase.
Their offer of handsets sucks. Although, this is good news for those who swear by CDMA. Department of Telecom has referred this matter to TRAI to look in the legal aspects of having Virgin Mobile.