Author: Anthony M. Smith

Reliance Jio has been surrounded by problems ever since it started testing its telecommunication services in India, but it had successfully delivered the fastest internet speeds on mobiles to impress its users. Of late, the tables seem to have turned as users started complaining about Jio’s 4G speeds, which is alarming for the new telco trying to place itself among Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea.
We tested Jio’s network and found it trailing behind Airtel’s 4G. Jio’s commercial launch is slated for January, and the current status of the services is expected to be improved by then.
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As the current Jio users take advantage of the Welcome Offer, which gives them free internet till December 31, access to Jio apps and unlimited HD calls, the drop in speed is rather disappointing. Jio hasn’t acknowledged the ongoing speed issues, but there have been some technical workarounds.
We already addressed the major problems Jio users were facing with their connections and the basic settings to correct them. If you are hit by Jio’s speed issues, follow these simple steps to improve browsing.
Internet speeds are directly proportional to the phone’s speed. It is essential that your phone is performing at its best, so the internet works smoothly. If your phone keeps hanging most of the times, it is likely that your phone’s internet will suffer too.
In order to boost your phone’s internet speed, clear cache on your phone. There are tools on Google Play Store that will help you with that, but users can manually go through individual app folders and clear the cache.
Next up is to keep the phone from running unnecessarily in the background. Go through your phone’s apps carefully and delete the ones that are not useful. This will consume less power and data, due to a default setting in some phones which permits background data usage. In case an app is important to have, then simply go to the settings and find the app to limit background consumption of data.
If you are experiencing problems with slow browsing despite having Jio 4G, then you can disable browser’s images, Gizbot reports. This will not load images on a website and just show the text, which will definitely increase your speed. But this cannot be a universal step as many users would want to see the images on the websites, so proceed based on your individual requirement.




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India overtakes US to become second largest internet market in th...As per the annual report by The Broadband Commission, India has now surpassed the United States to become the second largest internet market in the world. The report titled ‘The State of Broadband 2016: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development’, states that India now accounts for 333 million internet users, trailing China’s 721 million users. In addition, the report notes that India also recently outranked the US to became the second largest smartphone market in the world with an estimated 260 million mobile broadband subscriptions.

While India is now a leading internet market, The State of Broadband report goes on to highlight that India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Indonesia together account for 55% of the world’s offline population. The commission believes that if basic mobile phone access can be evolved to high-speed mobile broadband access, it could make smartphones a major instrument in driving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

When it comes to household internet penetration, Republic of Korea leads the rally with 98.8% of homes connected and online, followed by Qatar at 96%, UAE at 95% respectively. In addition, the report states that Iceland has the highest percentage of individuals using the internet, while Monaco comes up first in fixed broadband penetration with over 47 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.

Looking into the future, the Broadband Commission predicts that 47% of the global population, that is around 3.5 million people, will be online in 2016.



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ICANN57 Pre Event Press Conference in HyderabadBENGALURU: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is holding its 57th meeting in Hyderabad, India (Nov 3-9, 2016). It is the organization’s first annual meeting after the US ceded control of Internet Governance to ICANN, on September 30, 2016.
Following the decision to cede US Government control on Internet policy, four states of USA (Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada) had contested the move and filed a lawsuit in Texas against the US Government to block the transition after they failed to get Congress block the move. Now, these states have voluntarily dropped the lawsuit, earlier this week, paving way for global stakeholders to play a greater role in evolving the future of Internet.
The Hyderabad meeting (ICANN57), is being hosted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), with support from the Government of Telangana. Here international stakeholders from the government, business, civil society, non-government organizations, research institutions, technical communities among others will discuss a broad range of Internet-related topics and develop policies for the Domain Name System.

“Some of the topics that will be discussed at the Hyderabad meeting include: Internet governance, enhancing accountability of ICANN, ongoing work to embrace a multilingual Internet, in particular, the Neo-Brahmi scripts, as well as updates on the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program,” said Jia-Rong Low, Vice President & Managing Director of ICANN Asia Pacific at a pre-event media interaction organized at Hyderabad.
ICANN meetings are held three times a year in different regions to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person. These meetings offer a variety of sessions such as workshops, open forums and working meetings on the development and implementation of Internet policies enabling face-to-face discussions and exchange of opinions among attendees dedicated to the continued stable and secure operation of the Domain Name System.
“We are very pleased that the ICANN57 meeting is being held in India. We welcome all the delegates to this meeting. This 57th meeting is historic because it is the first meeting post the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) stewardship transition. This meeting represents our continued interest in Internet governance and synchronizes well with the Digital India program of the Government of India,” said Rahul Gosain, Director of MeitY.
MeitY’s mission is to promote the inclusive and sustainable growth of the electronics, enhance India’s role in Internet governance and enhance efficiency through digital services and a secure cyber space.
“The Government of Telangana looks forward to welcoming the international delegates to Hyderabad. We also encourage our local communities, from students to businesses and academia, to come, attend and take part in ICANN57,” said Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary to Government of Telangana, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications (ITE&C) Department.
Union Minister for Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad and K Chandrashekhar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana (the newly-constituted 29th State of India with Hyderabad as its capital) will address attendees at ICANN57’s opening ceremony on November 5, 2016.
Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby and ICANN Board Chair Dr Stephen D Crocker will also meet and respond to journalists’ questions at a news conference on the same day.
About 2,000 delegates from 80 countries are expected to participate in this conference that leads to crucial Internet Governance related policy decisions.



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Indian language scripts may appear in internet domain from next yearAt least some of the Indian language scripts may start appearing in the internet domain names next year, effectively ending the monopoly of English over the internet medium in the country. The process of finalising the necessary rule sets for 22 Indian languages identified by Government of India was progressing towards this direction, say the Indian officials involved in this exercise.

The move is aimed to facilitate millions of those who have no knowledge of English to become the Internet users in the country, which already ranks number 2 in terms of the Internet users next to China.

“Next year, I hope, at least a few of these 22 languages will be seen appearing in the domain names,” Samiran Gupta, head of India at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN) said on Wednesday.

The work on the multi-lingual internet involving the neo-Brahmi scripts such as Gujarati, Bengali ,Telugu and Tamil etc has been currently going on at C-DAC(Center for Development of Advanced Computing) and the rule sets being created for each of these language scripts would be put out for public feedback before introducing them for writing internet domain names soon, according to him.

However, this would only be a partial achievement as far as putting the Indian language scripts on a par with English or Chinese or Russian among other languages whose scripts were universally accepted in creating the Internet domain names with them. What will be followed after this is the creation of e-mail ids in those language scripts and their universal acceptance across the e-mail service providers, according to Gupta.

The ICANN is holding its 57th meeting in Hyderabad from November 3-9, 2016 amidst India-backed efforts to embrace Indian language scripts and setting a stage to expand the Internet user base much faster across the country.

Announcing the agenda and topics of the upcoming ICANN’s meeting on Wednesday, Rahul Gosain, Director, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY) stated that almost half of the 1 billion new Internet users of the world would be added by India on the back of these and other efforts by the Government of India.

This is the second time India has been hosting the meeting of the internet body, which had held its 31st meeting in India in February 2008. The present conference assumes a particular significance by being the first meeting ahead of the transition of governance of Internet into a multi stake-holder community model from the stewardship of the US Government. ICANN is expected to evolve the new form of governance of Internet at its Hyderabad meeting, which is being co-hosted by Telangana government.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, ICANN president and CEO Goran Marby among others will attend the formal inaugural session on November 5. The MeitY’s mission was to promote inclusivity and sustainable growth of the electronics, enhance Indian’s role in Internet governance and enhance efficiency through digital services and a secure cyber space, the Ministry official said.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the Hyderabad meeting include: Internet governance, enhancing accountability of ICANN, ongoing work on multilingual internet, in particular the Neo-Brahmi scripts, as well as updates on the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) programme, said ICANN Asia Pacific vice president and managing director Jia-Rong Low.



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New Delhi: The internet is free and open, or so we like to believe. In recent years, a number of countries have blocked particular applications, shutdown specific digital services, turned off mobile telecommunications services, or disrupted the entire internet.

In a recent paper Internet shutdowns cost countries $2.4 billion last year by Brookings Institution, a non-profit public policy organization, author Darrel M. West analyses the economic impact of temporary internet shutdowns. West examines 81 short-term shutdowns in 19 countries over the past year and estimates their impact on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of those nations.Based upon this analysis, West finds that between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016, internet shutdowns cost at least $2.4 billion in GDP globally.

India faces the highest economic loss at $968 million followed by $465 million loss in Saudi Arabia, Morocco ($320 million) , Iraq ($209 million), the Republic of the Congo ($72 million) , Pakistan ($69 million), Syria ($48 million), and Turkey ($35 million), among other places. These are conservative estimates that consider only reductions in economic activity and do not account for tax losses or drops in investor, business, and consumer confidence.West argues in the paper that internet disruptions are creating significant detrimental impacts on economic activity in a number of nations around the world. He says: “As the digital economy expands, it will become even more expensive for nations to shut down the internet. Without coordinated action by the international community, this damage is likely to accelerate in the future and further weaken global economic development.”

Internet disruptions over the past yearWest finds that there is a rising trend of governments disrupting the internet and quotes a study by University of Washington researchers who identified 606 occasions between 1995 and the first part of 2011 where 99 different governments deliberately “interfered” with the normal operation of the internet.To ascertain the number of times disruptions have happened in the past year, West collected cases from internet searches, English-based news coverage, and lists compiled by non-profit organizations that track such disruptions. Overall, he cites 81 disruptions in 19 countries during this period. This includes 22 in India, Iraq (22), non-ISIS controlled parts of Syria (8), Pakistan (6), Turkey (3), and 2 each in Bangladesh, Brazil, North Korea, the Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Vietnam, among other places.West also identified six categories of disruptions: national internet, sub-national internet, national mobile internet, sub-national mobile internet, national app/service, and sub-national app/service (including VoIP)Overall, these disruptions cost countries a total of at least $2.4 billion over the past year, with impact ranging the highest in India at $968 million. These disruptions lasted 753 days in total across all countries. West also cites a number of notable internet disruptions. One took place in Saudi Arabia in May 2016. Citing economic damage to telecommunications providers, the government blocked functionality of a number of apps related to VoIP, texting, and instant messaging; those impacted included WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype, among others. The move cost the country $465 million in GDP. India, for instance, shut down mobile internet services in Rohtak on February 19, 2016, in response to street demonstrations in Rohtak and Jhajjar. The disruption lasted more than a week and cost $190 million. Law enforcement officials explained that “this has been done so that rumors are not spread as this could lead to the situation getting out of hand.”In Brazil, a local judge ordered telecommunications companies to block access to WhatsApp on May 2, 2016, following an earlier shutdown in December 2015. The May shutdown blocked access to the predominant communications service across the country for a day and cost the Brazilian economy $39 million.West concludes by saying that government officials in many countries around the world appear increasingly comfortable blocking access to online services and apps, despite the significant economic and social damage that internet service disruptions bringto their countries. Whether their ostensible motivations are public security or political self-preservation, government officials should understand the wide-ranging and destructive consequences of these moves. Shutting down accessto popular services or to the whole internet—even for a short period of time—undermines economic growth, puts lives in jeopardy, separates people from friends and family, and erodes confidence in the governments that takesuch drastic and ill-advised steps. West said in an email interaction:“Government leaders need to understand they shoot their economies in the foot when they disrupt the internet. Shutdowns harm small and large businesses and lead to big economies losses. As the digital economy grows, these costs will accelerate.”



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Blue-Eyed Pakistani Chaiwala Becomes Internet SensationArshad Khan, latest sensation, works at Islamabad’s Sunday Bazaar
Instagram post on October 14 by aspiring photographer has gone viral
Mr. Khan says people have taken more than 150 pictures with him so far.
A blue-eyed handsome young chaiwala or tea seller from Pakistan has become an internet sensation after a local photographer posted his picture on social media.

Arshad Khan, who works at Islamabad’s Sunday Bazaar (Peshawar Chowk), has women gushing over his good looks.

The Instagram post on October 14 by aspiring photographer Jiah Ali (@jiah_ali) went viral and caused a sensation with #chaiwala being among the top Twitter trends on Monday.

The story was picked up by international media, including popular US website Buzzfeed.

In an interview with local TV news, the blue-eyed Arshad indicated that he has been living in Islamabad for the last 25 years and joined the tea stall a few months ago, the Daily Pakistan reported.

When asked if he knew what Twitter or Instagram is, Arshad replied that he has no idea what those things meant.

Brother of 17 siblings, he expressed his ecstasy on becoming famous in one day.

Talking to Dunya News, he said that he is happy with his overnight popularity but it is irritating when people gather around him for pictures during working hours as he is supposed to work to earn the livelihood.

Arshad said that people have taken more than 150 pictures with him so far.
Twitteratti has been abuzz with comments on Arshad’s good looks.

“Hello Indians, this is a chai way from Pakistan mashallah,” said one post.

‘I present you with a chai walla (tea seller) in Pakistan who forgot that he should’ve been modeling instead,” said another.

“Meet the steamin’ hot ‘chai wall’ from Islamabad (Pakistan), who’s going viral as we speak,” went another post, with a picture of Arshad attired in blue, and pouring out tea.

“A chai way from Pakistan is now famous on Indian social media. This is truly aMan kee Sasha,” said one Twitter post.

Another Twitteratti, commenting on the current India-Pakistan tensions, said: “India and Pakistan are divided by terrorism and cricket but are united by hot chai wall.Funny but true.


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