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I am the Director of an ISP called Worldwide.com Limited in
Hardwar where we have a network operation control center.
Our company has been in business for the last 12 months. An
organization in our area called M/s India 2 Cable has been
providing Internet access through cable for some time. M/s
India 2 Cable is not registered as a private limited company,
and has acquired a license from another company called Data
Access (I) Limited to distribute bandwidth. It has come to
our knowledge that M/s India 2 Cable has not taken the necessary
clearances and permissions from the DoT for ISP services.
I have brought this in notice of the legal authorities, and
recently, BSNL, Hardwar has taken positive steps to protect
the interests of ISPs like us.
It is sad to hear that another organization has been in the
market without the necessary permits. And I am glad that you
have brought it to the notice of the legal authorities. Congratulations
to BSNL, Hardwar for springing into action. I hope this event
will act as a deterrent for organizations trying to provide
illegal ISP services in future. I am glad to share your experience
with my readers.
Calling cards in India
I am the International R&D Manager of a Phonecard company
based in Australia. I would like some advice from you about
the Indian telecom market.
We wish to launch an international prepaid calling card in
India, which will enable users to call overseas at competitive
rates. Is it possible to do this in India? Also is it possible
to operate international toll free numbers in India, where
people can call the number from India? If yes, which are the
companies providing it.
International R&D Manager
Mercantile Pacific Private Limited
Dear Vernon Grigg,
The telecom market in India is very large and is expanding
very fast. This is mostly because the consumer base in India
is very large. To get relevant information on which you can
depend to start your business in India, I would advise you
to get in touch with consultants like IDC, Gartner, McKinsey,
Telecom companies like BSNL and MTNL already have pre-paid
calling cards in the market. And these companies will also
allow you to dial international toll free numbers.
I wish you all the best in your business venture.
I read your article on Wireless LANs, in the November issue
of Network Magazine 2001. It is very interesting and informative.
Please let me introduce myself. I am Abu Hurraira Siddiqui,
pursuing an MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management,
Pune. I am doing a research project on Broadband Wireless.
And my topic of interest is Wireless LAN. Your article was
of great help to me.
Could you please send me the soft copy of the same along with
other relevant articles, information, and sites? It would
be invaluable for my research.
Dear Abu Hurraira Siddiqui,
Thank you for appreciating the article on WLANs. You can download
the article text from www.networkmagazineindia.com and use
it for your presentation. Please do mention the source along
with the text.
For more information on WLANs you can visit www.wlana.com
or WLAN vendor Websites.
Thank you for a very interesting article about ISDN. I have
been struggling for a month trying to connect to Numeris of
France Telecom in the French West Indies. I have an SMC router
that will work with my Mac laptop and Airport, but now I apparently
need an ISDN digital modem. I am not sure which interface
I need. No one here seems to know, perhaps you know the French
system. I know you are in India, which is one of my favorite
places. However, do suggest me a remedy.
Dear Elizabeth Noble,
Thank you for appreciating the article on ISDN technology.
I am afraid I shall not be able to help you much on ISDN interface
issues in France. If you already haven't got in touch with
your ISP, you can perhaps contact your hardware vendor helpdesk
for a solution.
I have some queries.
a) Is VoIP allowed on a leased line network?
In call centers and telecommuting, is interconnect with PSTN
lines allowed for incoming lines?
When is Net Telephony going to be legalized?
What are the options available to call centers for call routing
Can private ISPs provide voice services on its backbones?
I have addressed your queries and have forwarded your queries
to other consultants as well. I will get back to you with
their responses soon.
a) VoIP is certainly allowed on a leased line network provided
the VoIP network is restricted to links and users within the
Interconnect with PSTN lines are not allowed for incoming
VoIP is set to be legalized in April 2002. (My fingers are
Call centers can only use the telecom department's backbone
infrastructure for call routing in India.
Technologically, its easy for an ISP to provide voice services
on its backbone. Its just the question of adding a few functionalities
to the routers and switches. But its not legally permissable
in India as yet.
Your article on DSL in the November issue of Network Magazine
was very useful. Can you recommend a book that could give
me more information on DSL and its related technologies, fibre
connectivity, and wireless connectivity.
Dear D. Chaudhry,
Thank you for appreciating the article on DSL technology.
Several publishers like IDG Books and O'Rielly publish books
on the topics you have mentioned. Do go to their websites
or look at your nearest bookstore for a catalog of titles.
More on VPNs
I have recently started reading Network Magazine. I have found
that the magazine provides a lot of knowledge and information
to readers. I sincerely thank all of you for that. I would
like to know if any of your past issue has covered the topic
of VPNs. I will appreciate if you can refer me some books
or websites pertaining to information regarding this topic.
Dear Shailen Mishra,
Thank you for appreciating my magazine. I sincerely hope that
my magazine will continue to provide you with valuable knowledge
and information. You can visit www.networkmagazineindia.com
and run a search on previous articles regarding VPNs. For
more information you can visit vendor VPN websites for white
papers and VPN news.
The cover story on wireless LANs was very well done. Will
wireless LANs of two different vendors interoperate with each
Dear Vikash Sharma,
Thank you for appreciating the WLAN cover story. WLAN equipment
should not have interoperability issues because all vendors
conform to standards. If both vendors follow the same standard,
the equipment should interoperate without issues.
With regard to the interview with Narendra Bhandari in the
Novemebr 2001 issue, I would like to point out that Xeon processor's
are suitable for SME's and larger enterprises. Xeon will continue
to co-exist with Itanium.