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Impending Broadband Wars in India

…and what combatants must keep in mind

While we in India are busy fighting over the rights and responsibilities of moving from the subsistence agricultural existence to the industrial era (“land bill”) or over how the profits from digging up coal and lighting up more brick-kilns and coal-fired boilers will be divided (“coal bill”), there is a similar yet different battle going on in the United States. It is a battle that is similar to the land and coal battles in India in the sense that this battle in the US is also about who gets what rights in exploiting a public resource. Yet, it is different in that it is not about rights in the Industrial Age (those issues were settled in the US in the 1930’s) but about rights in the Information Age.

The issue at stake in the US is whether broadband service providers are “common carriers” or whether they are not. Promoters of the view that they are common carriers shout from the rooftops that if the US government does not declare that broadband service providers are common carriers, freedom of expression will be lost forever. The coalition that is on this side are organizations such as Free Press, Public Knowledge, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Common Cause.

Opposing them are telecom providers such as Verizon, AT&T and all of the cable TV industry who make the case that they are not “common carriers” and thus can charge different rates to different channels they carry and that if such differentially priced deals are not allowed, broadband service providers would no longer have the financial incentive to build networks or invest in innovation.

Why does the term “common carrier” carry such incendiary connotations? A common carrier is a person or company that offers services to transport goods or people for the general public under license or authority provided by a regulatory body. A common carrier differs from a “contract carrier” or a “private carrier” in that they transport goods for only a certain number of customers and that can refuse to transport goods for anyone else. Public airlines, railroads, bus lines, taxicab companies are examples of common carriers.

Tim Wu, a Columbia University law professor argues that no authority should be able to decide what kind of information is and isn’t allowed on the Internet. Wu has documented in his book, now considered a classic, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires how the great information empires of the 20th century have followed a clear and distinctive pattern: after the initial free competition that follows a major technological innovation one corporate power or another emerges that takes control of the new medium and operated what Wu calls “the master switch”. He describes those decisive moments when a medium opens or closes in the history of phones, radio, television, movies and the Internet. All of these businesses are susceptible to the cycle of initial open-ness and then closure and monopoly because all depend on networks, whether they’re composed of cables in the ground or movie theaters around the country. Once a company starts building such a network it will eventually gain control over it and begin moving towards being a monopoly, closes the network to others and all innovation ceases.

Let me paraphrase Tim Wu’s concerns using an Indian context: If broadband service providers, largely telecom companies such as Vodaphone, Airtel, BSNL and increasingly cable operators, start to strike deals with companies such as Star TV or NDTV or Times Now, (or for that matter Google or Twitter) to carry their channels in preference to others because of financial deals that they make with these channels the battle will no longer be about who has a better product but about who can make the better deal. Another example is Toyota or Honda striking a deal with the Bombay Municipal Corporation that Marine Drive in Bombay would be accessible only to their brand of cars. If such deals were allowed, the basis of competition in the car industry would change. Car makers would, instead of trying to make the best product, make deals with highway operators.

“What we’re ultimately asking”, says Wu, “is a question that Adam Smith struggled with. Is there something special about “carriers” and infrastructure—roads, canals, electric grids, trains, the Internet—that mandates special treatment? Since about the 17th century, there’s been a strong sense that basic transport networks should serve the public interest without discrimination. This might be because so much depends on them: They catalyze entire industries…”

On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC),the regulator in the US and the rough equivalent of our TRAI, ruled that broadband providers are “common carriers”. So, Round One in this battle has gone against the telecom companies who provide broadband services, but you can be sure that more litigation will follow.

Do we need to worry about such things here in India? The World Bank’s index of how widespread is high speed broadband access in a country says that for 100 people in India only 1 has access to high speed broadband compared to 14 per hundred Chinese, 10 per hundred Brazilians and 29 per hundred Americans, so it would appear that we have quite a few years before we need to worry about such issues. But, on the other hand, the direction of technological development in the world is overwhelmingly pointing to imminent breakthroughs that will make high end services such as education and healthcare more affordable by using high speed broadband such services, so is it worth considering declaring, as the US has done, our broadband carriers as “common carriers”?

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What makes Bigfoot Broadband WiBro the Greenest Broadband Access Technology?

Going green is a big responsibility to leave smaller footprints. It’s good for business as well as environment. We at Bigfoot Broadband  aim to reduce carbon footprints by continuously exploring use of greener technologies and conserve the resources we all need to thrive. In this attempt to reduce energy consumption, we adopted WiBro – a wireless broadband technology which works as an alternative to cable and DSL and allows the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access.

If we compare the different broadband access technologies for mass deployment – DSL, 3G and 4G, WiBro access network consumes the lowest energy for each GB delivered. For each energy unit (KWH) consumed, WiBro delivers 98 GB as compared to DSL (30GB), 3G (1GB) and 4G (16GB).

Note: Conversion to Carbon footprint is as per Recommendations on Approach towards Green Telecommunications -TRAI -April 12, 2011

The above mentioned calculations are specific to power consumed in various access networks and excludes core network and CPE/Mobile Phones. For a service provider, approximately 70% energy is consumed due to access network and balance in Core Network & Datacenter/Switching centers.

In cellular wireless networks (3G/4G), a lot of energy is wasted in the power amplifier and through the antenna feeder cable. These problems get eliminated with WiBro access network as it runs on low transmit powers (1W) and uses direct antenna coupling and directional antennas in each segment. The minimal energy wastage makes WiBro the Greenest Broadband Access Technology.

Our team at Bigfoot Broadband  continuously strives for innovation in the field of networking & distribution in a way that provides more value to the customer and is also environment-friendly. Let’s work towards a greener and better tomorrow!

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Top 10 Must Have Apps

Today, there’s an app for almost everything. There are messaging apps, diet apps, water reminder apps, finance apps, game apps, cooking apps and every other kind of app that you can imagine. You can transfer funds via app. You can read, edit pics via app. With so many apps around, it gets really difficult to choose the best among them. We therefore, bring you our top 10 must-have apps for your mobile.

Merriam Webster Dictionary: One of the world’s most respected dictionaries can now fit into your pocket without an extra cost to your wallet. The app provides detailed meanings, pronunciation, synonyms, antonyms, example sentences and more.
Truecaller: It’s the most accurate caller id app in the market! Truecaller allows you to search for any mobile, landline or business number in the world for free!
WeatherBug: Definitely recommended! WeatherBug is a fast, beautiful, easy-to-use app that lets you keep a check on the weather on-the-move.
SwiftKey: This is one of the popular app featuring the best keyboard ever. Its predictive text is very good. There are dozens of themes to choose from. SwiftKey in short is a great replacement keyboard with a lot of customization options.
Map My India: A mapping software that works purely on GPS signals, without any Internet connectivity, Map My India app offers turn-by-turn voice navigation. It comes with different features like house number search, places of Interest, sign post info, city guide, location sharing and geo-tagging images.
Google Play Music: The app has evolved quite a bit in the last year. You can use Google Play Music to access the music you keep on your phone or at the same time upload up to 20,000 songs to the cloud and streamline them for free.
Pushbullet: This app enables an integration between your phone and PC. It allows you to check and send text messages, see notifications, send files to your phone from your computer and vice versa. Download the app today for free and enjoy seamless connectivity!
Evernote: It’s like a digital multi-tool app. Evernote is a great list keeper, note taker, voice recorder, to-do manager, and web clipper. You can use the app for just about everything.
Google Reader Blog: This app shows all the updates from all the websites you like and follow in one place. Need we say more!
Saavn: If you’re fan of Indian music, this is a must-have app for you. It boasts of a huge collection of Bollywood music that can be streamed straight onto your mobile device using Wi-Fi or 3G. If music isn’t your thing, check out the Kindle app for books, Comics for digital comics, and TOI app for news articles.
If you’ve any other apps on your must-have list, please share them with us.

About Bigfoot Broadband Digital Networks

Bigfoot Broadband Digital Networks is a class A internet service provider and was founded in 2008, with a vision to be a leading Broadband and IT services company, offering innovative products, various broadband plans and solutions to the home, enterprise and service provider customers in India. Bigfoot Broadband is today among India’s top Broadband Service Providers with 2.25 lakh subscribers in 25 cities. Bigfoot Broadband has deployed 40,000 outdoor wireless access points in India making it world’s largest outdoor Wi-Fi network provider. Bigfoot Broadband possesses 20 MHz of 4G LTE spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in five circles of India namely Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh- East & West and Himachal Pradesh. Bigfoot Broadband Infinet (formerly known as HCL Infinet) is the B to B arm of Bigfoot Broadband that provides data services to Enterprise customers in India. TDN is funded by top end global investors and is committed to comply with the highest standards of corporate governance. Visit www.bigfootbroadband.in for more details.

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Speed Boost Voucher

Internet connectivity is now part of basic necessities of life. Slowly but surely, broadband connections are deciding the pace of our lives. ISPs, on the other hand, are gearing up for the varied and flexible needs of their customers. At Bigfoot Broadband Digital Networks, we have plans for broadband needs that vary in speed, download limit and price. With Bigfoot Broadband broadband, you can experience the comforts of selecting plans as per your specifications. Our Plan Selector widget helps you with that and is available on the website.

Taking it a step further, we have now introduced Speed Boost Voucher. It is a functionality available on the Bigfoot Broadband post login page that provides a quick and reliable solution for your higher speed needs. Activate higher speed broadband connectivity on demand while continuing with your current plan. So, if your current download speed has been throttled after crossing your FUP limit or you are in a situation where your current broadband plan is falling short for your surfing requirements, you can boost your plan with this voucher and get faster connectivity without the hassles of changing your broadband plan.

Following Speed Boost vouchers will be available to all our Bonus Bandwidth (ADBB series) subscribers:

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7 Safety Tips for Online Transactions

Food, clothing and shelter have long been considered as human’s basic needs. Today, there’s one more thing added to this list – the internet.

The internet has made our lives so convenient that we can even shop for groceries or manage our bank accounts online. This leaves each of us vulnerable to the many threats like fraud and identify theft.

Then again, this does not mean you must boycott the internet in fear. Practising some basic rules and being a little more alert can help you protect yourself from online fraud.

Tips for Secure Transactions Online:

Set difficult passwords:

Birthdays, anniversaries, names or any other word for that matter, can pose a security risk. The best way to choose a secure password is to use random letters. To help you remember your “random password”, use this trick:

I Got Married On 6th December = igmo612

Adding special characters (@,*,/,_) will only strengthen your password.

Use virtual keyboards:

When you make a transaction online or access your bank account online, always use the virtual keyboard to input your password. This will protect you from key loggers that monitor the activity on your computer.

Clear your cache:

After any online transaction make it a habit to clear your cache. This secures your information by ensuring no one else views it.

Install the latest security software:

An antivirus software that’s constantly updated can go a long way in protecting you from fraud and theft. Invest in a good software and follow through on timely upgrades.

Look for websites with ‘https’ URLs:

A website address starting with https (not http) is a secure website. These websites will also display a closed padlock on the right corner of the address bar.

Check for authentication certificates:

Before you make an online transaction check the website for a digital certificate or seal like VeriSign or Norton Secured. These certificates indicate that the website is genuine and secure.

Avoid using public Wi-Fi:

Many cafes and malls offer free Wi-Fi services, and although tempting, try your best to avoid it. This could open up your device to malware and fraud.

The internet is a wonderful invention, but don’t be fooled by fraudulent activities. As they say, “prevention is better than cure” and it holds true even for the internet.

Be safe!

About Bigfoot Broadband Digital Networks

Bigfoot Broadband Digital Networks is a class A internet service provider and was founded in 2008, with a vision to be a leading Broadband and IT services company, offering innovative products, various broadband plans and solutions to the home, enterprise and service provider customers in India. Bigfoot Broadband is today among India’s top Broadband Service Providers with 2.25 lakh subscribers in 25 cities. Bigfoot Broadband has deployed 40,000 outdoor wireless access points in India making it world’s largest outdoor Wi-Fi network provider. Tikona possesses 20 MHz of 4G LTE spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in five circles of India namely Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh- East & West and Himachal Pradesh. Bigfoot Broadband Infinet (formerly known as HCL Infinet) is the B to B arm of Bigfoot Broadband that provides data services to Enterprise customers in India. TDN is funded by top end global investors and is committed to comply with the highest standards of corporate governance.

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The Solution to Mobile Data Offload – Hotspots

The world’s first smartphone is the IBM Simon, which went on sale on 16th August, 1994. Since then technology has continued to make break-through advancements in the world of mobile phones. The internet only made things easier, faster and better!

Currently, there are around 2 billion smartphone users worldwide. Most of these people use their phones to surf the internet, play games, connect to social media and download apps. It’s no surprise that this has caused an explosion in internet data traffic, which has increased 18 times since 2011. This in turn has resulted in congestion in mobile data networks, leading to a drop in service quality.

The solution – Wi-Fi Hotspots!

The creation of Wi-Fi hotspots will make it easier to tackle network congestion, while ensuring that the user’s experience is not compromised. For example: if a user is watching a video via his/her mobile data, he/she will not enjoy seamless streaming due to the congestion. However, if a user switches to Wi-Fi, he/she will be able to watch videos at a better streaming speed, without any interruptions.

Another notable feature about Wi-Fi hotspots is its versatility. Unlike the usual practice where a user is tied down to a particular network, handset, or access point, Wi-Fi hotspots work across all devices, access points and networks. For example: if a user is connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot he/she can work on any device – a smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc. This user can also connect to different hotspot networks depending on his/her location.

Offloading mobile data to Wi-Fi hotspots is also easy on your pocket. Wi-Fi hotspot fees are much lower as compared to mobile data packages. Today, most restaurants and public spaces are free Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing the user to cut costs. Telecom companies are targeting places with high footfalls like malls, railway stations and bus stops to deploy such services so that they can decongest their networks of data traffic and maintain quality of their voice services.

All these factors contribute to a better user experience, which in turn reduce costs and lower churn. Still looking for a reason to adopt this smart feature?

About Tikona Digital Networks

Tikona Digital Networks was founded in 2008, with a vision to be a leading Broadband and IT services company, offering innovative products, various broadband plans and solutions to the home, enterprise and service provider customers in India. Tikona is today among India’s top Broadband Service Providers with 2.25 lakh subscribers in 25 cities. Tikona has deployed 40,000 outdoor wireless access points in India making it world’s largest outdoor Wi-Fi network provider. Tikona possesses 20 MHz of 4G LTE spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in five circles of India namely Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh- East & West and Himachal Pradesh. Tikona Infinet (formerly known as HCL Infinet) is the B to B arm of Tikona that provides data services to Enterprise customers in India. TDN is funded by top end global investors and is committed to comply with the highest standards of corporate governance.

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Bigfoot Broadband New Bill Free Recharge Vouchers

We are almost always connected to the internet, especially at home. The increasing demand for richer, newer Wi-Fi devices calls for a superior wireless broadband connection. What our generation needs is a one stop solution that is affordable and offers flexible tariff plans.

Keeping these needs in mind, Bigfoot Broadband  Digital Networks introduced ‘Bill Free Plans’ that provides hassle free bill payment techniques, superior speed, security and control on your bills, which can be recharged if need be.

Bigfoot Broadband  offers a host of high-speed and cost-effective recharge vouchers based on your usage. The new Bill Free Recharge Vouchers provide better bundled usage, Rs. 4 per MB, which is lesser than the previous rate of Rs. 6 per MB.

New Bill Free Recharge Vouchers:

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To recharge your Bigfoot Broadband  Bill Free account use the recharge or top up link available on the post-login page or use Selfcare.

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Need of Internet Connection

Gone are the days when using the Internet was termed as a luxury. Internet has revolutionized the world and continues to do so in several ways. It has brought us closer and has made the world a ‘global village’. Due to the internet, the way we look at things and the way we work has been transformed and made more efficient. Internet is used in every field imaginable and has generated large scale employment opportunities.

The need for internet is predominant as access to any information in this world – good or bad, relevant or irrelevant is made easier with an internet connection. It is therefore become extremely important for all of us to have an internet connection at home as well as work place. In order to choose your internet connection you need to follow below steps –

Step 1

Determine the download speed and usage you need.

Step 2

Plan your budget.

Step 3

Check for available internet service providers (ISPs) in your area.

Step 4

Finally select a monthly broadband plan.

If you still don’t have an internet connection, the following pointers will definitely change your mind –

Online banking
Banking was always a difficult task as you had to physically be there at the venue and join a long queue. With the evolution of internet, banking has transformed into an efficient and easy-to-carry-out task. One can just login to their bank’s website and carry out all their financial transactions there.

Online Shopping
Shopaholics rejoice as their favorite pass time is now easier with a click of a button. E-commerce sites have revolutionized the way we shop. You can browse through hundreds of products without being physically present at the shops, thereby saving time and energy. In addition, online stores also provide discounts and seasonal sales.

Social Media
You can connect yourself with anyone globally by just logging in to a social media website. Your distant relatives can be an integral part of your lives again through social networking. You can connect with anyone over a video call across the globe and not for a minute think that the person is thousands of miles away.

E-learning
E-learning is a truly beneficial solution for all learning problems. You don’t have to be physically present in a classroom to learn something new. All you have to do is log on to your computer through the internet and the whole page will modify itself into a virtual classroom. A broadband connection ensures that you gain more knowledge and never trust a rumor or get tricked into something foolish. An internet connection in rural areas of India can eradicate the whole illiteracy problem and generate wide scale employment.

These above mentioned pointers are just the basic elements of why one must have an internet connection. There are numerous things that you can achieve through internet and make you a much successful person in life.

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How You Can Benefit from High Speed Internet Plans?

Communication is the wheel that propels today’s world. But faster communication is what makes a global world seem much less overwhelming than ever before. Start-ups, entrepreneurs, students and just about everyone the world over now has access to a whole lot of information, just at the click of a button.

Dial-up connections that took several minutes to connect are now fast becoming a thing of the past. Newer technologies that provide high speed internet have seen a surge the world over. If your family’s and business’ day-to-day routine is dependent heavily on Internet, then it’s worth opting for a high speed internet connection.

Different types of internet services are now available – DSL (or Digital Subscriber’s Line), Cable, Satellite and Fiber Optic internet, and wireless broadband technology are gaining popularity. These high speed broadband internet connections give you much more flexibility over the legacy dial-up ones. Satellite and fiber-optic connections are more expensive and are limited only to a few areas and fewer number of service providers. Whereas, wireless broadband technology offers high-speed internet connectivity over a wide area, without cables.

There are a lot of factors you must consider when it comes to choosing your internet connection. If you’ve been wondering how faster internet can change your life, here are just some of the few obvious reasons:-

1) You’re tired of having to close your videos page to open your mail!

Faster internet speeds give you an enhanced browsing experience. It doesn’t matter if you want to open multiple pages together or see videos and check mail simultaneously. This means, with high speed internet, it is easy to play games, shop online, stream videos, and favorite websites – all at the same time on multiple devices.

2) The buffering of your favorite TV show is a true test of your patience.

The biggest advantage with high speed internet plans is more bandwidth, which means more information transmitted faster. This means you can now enjoy streaming your favorite shows, download music and videos without much delay and obviously making it more fun.

3) You don’t like to take turns in your family to use the internet.

It definitely is frustrating to give up your internet time when your sibling, child or spouse has an important project submission to make. With slower connections, multiple people using the internet simultaneously can significantly affect the speed of the connection. With broadband plans, this problem can be addressed effectively.

4) You are a die-hard gamer!

If your entertainment or recreational or even occupational needs have anything related to online gaming, high speed broadband will be your lifeline. Whether it’s just you, or your entire family hitting the web simultaneously on multiple devices, high speed internet makes life easier.

5) You care as much about uploading as much as downloading.

Traditional internet service providers will harp on the download speeds until they’ve sold the connection to you. But if you are a remote worker, run a small business from home or are just a passionate uploader, it may be time you move away from those conventional plans and look at upload speed as well, which is equally important.

6) You think its archaic to not be able to use the phone when surfing.

Yes, everyone does have mobile phones. But if you have a fundamental disconnect about not being able to use the fixed line phone which you have paid for when using the internet, it is time to move on to a wireless broadband connection.

If you agree with any or most of the above statements, it may be a good idea to relook at your internet needs from a conventional lens. High speed and wireless broadband services may be the answer to your longstanding internet usage woes!

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High Speed Internet: The need of the hour

Internet usage and downloads have almost tripled in the past five years. As of today, just having an internet connection is not enough; the connection should be fast as it gets things done quickly. Businesses thrive on a high speed internet plan as it keeps them at par with competition and generates profit. There are so many tasks that are almost impossible to perform with a slow internet connection and following are some that may persuade you to switch to a high speed broadband plan –

Faster Page load
We have all experienced waiting for several seconds or even minutes for a page to load. The annoyance of waiting certainly diminishes when you opt for a faster internet connection. We all love opening multiple tabs in our browsers but this will drastically increase the page loading time if you have a slow connection.

Flawless video streaming
With the rise of online streaming websites like YouTube, Vimeo etc. people are switching to the internet for their daily dose of entertainment rather than cable television. But, you get to enjoy flawless videos online only if you’ve a high speed internet connection. Otherwise you will end up stuck with the annoying buffering message that will leave you all high and dry. Nowadays, several live sporting events are streamed online and it’s impossible to view the event if on a slow connection.

Multiple Users
Multiple family members can enjoy the internet uninterrupted if you have high speed plan, otherwise it may end up being terribly slow and neither of you’ll be able to browse the net.

Good for businesses
A slow connection can be disastrous for any company, especially if it specializes in the IT sector. One can lose clients with the slightest error in broadband functioning and spell doom for the whole company and leave several employees out of jobs. A high speed broadband on the other hand keeps the organization ahead of its competitors and is a true contender in the business race. High speed internet results in improved efficiency and is a great revenue generator for the organization.

The speed of the internet directly depends on the material you’re using it for. A 512kbps pack is sufficient if the sole purpose is just browsing pages on the internet, but watching HD videos, listening to music and streaming live content needs a much better internet speed, somewhere around 2-4mbps.

A look at the above pointers can convince you about the advantages of having a high speed broadband connection. So, if you haven’t switched to a faster connection yet, switch to one right now and break away from the misery of slow speed internet.