Current Affairs – February 2017

India’s first Integrated Heliport inaugurated at Rohini in New Delhi

India’s first integrated heliport was inaugurated today at Rohini in North Delhi. This heliport has been developed by Pawan Hans Limited.

It will play an important role in providing various helicopter services ranging from offshore transport, connecting remote & inaccessible Islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep besides promoting heli-tourism in India.

Key Facts
  • It is spread over more than 25 acres. It consists of a terminal building having a capacity of 150 passengers along with four hangars with the parking capacity of 16 helicopters and 9 parking bays.
  • It also has a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility for upkeeping of Pawan Hans’ helicopter fleet as well as for third-party maintenance work. It also has its own separate Air Traffic Control.
  • It will also be used for operating services for disaster management, emergency medical services, law and order surveillance as well as a centre for the skill development of pilots and engineers.
  • It will reduce congestion at the Delhi Airport, which currently handles about 40 to 50 helicopter arrivals and departures on an average per day besides the large-scale fixed-wing operations

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ZTE launches world’s first 5G IT baseband unit

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE unveiled its new Gigabit Phone, a next generation 5G IT baseband unit (BBU) with Intel Corporation at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.

It is world’s first software defined networking/network function virtualisation (SDN/NFV) technology based 5G RAN solution.

Features of Gigabit Phone
  • Gigabit Phone boasts download speeds of up to 1Gbps. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem.
  • It utilises a combination of carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO antenna technology, and 256-QAM modulation to achieve LTE download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than first-generation LTE devices .
  • It also uses ZTE’s independently developed Pre5G Giga+ MBB solution and smart devices, which makes it three times as powerful at improving data processing capability over the current network.
About ZTE

ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, companies, carriers and public sector customers. Its products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries.

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