– 3G Data card: Airtel did a demo of its 3G data card, which consistently did 3.2 mbps, outperforming its 2G data card (though Airtel did not compare the speed with EVDO data cards from Reliance Communications, Tata Indicom or MTS).
Readers should keep in mind that the 3G data card was demo’ed in a test environment, and the consistency of this speed depends on the number of concurrent users in an area using the service, as well as the density of 3G cell sites in an area.
The music is DRM protected and cannot be transferred from mobile phone to PC, or mobile phone to mobile phone.
The content is aggregated from T-Series (Hungama) and PPL music on board.
Shotformats is providing the platform for Video Talkies for Airtel, and the content is multiple content partners – some from aggregators and others from direct deals, including from UTV New Media (which was the first to launch Audio Cinema, under TN Prabhu).
Currently, Airtel is doing only movies, but they will look at doing TV show summaries.
But there remains the arduous task of attracting consumers to 3G services, or indeed, the Mobile Internet.
Last Thursday, at a press conference where Airtel unveiled its new brand, and showcased some 3G services, we got to see a demo of what’s in store.
Remember that the infamous DPS MMS scandal was a tipping point, in terms of people realizing that mobile phones can do video.
From what we’ve heard (and this is unconfirmed), a notification has gone out from the Ministry of I&B to telecom operators asking to carry Doordarshan.
There’s a 30 second lag in terms of live streaming, since the stream goes through an additional server, we were told.
Of the two communication apps that Google announced at I/O, Duo surely seemed like the less interesting one.
Video calls have been done again and again, and by now, if you have someone you want to talk to and see at the same time, odds are you already have your preferred way of doing that.