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G P R S In India

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India Welcomes GPRS

GPRS enters India through one of the leading companies in the exsisting telecomm. network. The company is BPL Mobile. This is the only company to launch the first GPRS services in Mumbai. However, the service was localized only to Mumbai, because of the lack of the CDMA technology in 2001 - 2002. Here, the existing networks were TDMA carriers with GSM, thus GPRS does not enjoy its full might. The only problem with GRPS is that in order to make it globally accessible, it has to be compatible with the GRX. And, the GRX infrastructure only supports the CDMA carriers.

This problem was soon over with the onset of the CDMA Mobile. TATA and Reliance, the industry giants in India launched the CDMA services, however in select cities only. This offers full GPRS access with 24 hour always on Internet access. However, this doesn't seem to be the end of the roaming problem that GPRS faced in its early stages of entry. The existing GSM network companies did not allow the WLL (Wireless in Local Loop) phones to use their networks, while on roaming. Thus making the CDMA technology again localized to the home network. However, this deadlock gives way to a new era of tech. competition, where the players are the organizations themselves, and this time the consumer gets the 100% benefit. Hutchinson Essar, one of the leading company launched its own GPRS service for the existing network, in order to show streaming videos of the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2003. However, this took place much later, when "Idea" another GSM company launched its own high speed networks, featuring GPRS.

Thus, in the end, what we find that the policies and organizations play a disciding role in the onset of any new technology in this region. However, the point is that technology can't be stopped for too long and a time is soon arriving that India too will have its fully accessed GPRS network with full global access to Internet data with its own GRX.

Requirement in India
 
The most important issuse that comes under way is, the requirement of a technology like GPRS, in India. Why should India switch to this new technology? Just to show others its might that we are also technology giants and we are capable to offer much more than most of the other developed countries don't have?
 
This might be absolutely out of the frame. GPRS offers economical service, and its platform, CDMA is more economical that the existing GSM. The system of billing in GPRS is designed so efficiently that it can fit into every general user's pocket. The more heavy work you have, the heavier you pay, no matter if you are online for 2 hours or 24 hours. GPRS billing system entirely depends upon the amount of data one is sending, rather than the amount of time one is connected to the Internet. Thus, a person can have the same bill if he/she uses the service for 2 hours to send a video file, as compared to the person on a chat server for 19 hours. Thus, this revelutionises the entire concept of Internet usage in India, where you need to pay according to the time you are online, no matter what the data rate and speed of communication is.
 
Thus, this service entirely fits into every user's pocket. Moreover, with India being one of the biggest technology hubs in Asia, we have a stronger reason to support such a service, with is full might of global access.

Copyright 2002, Tushar Singh