Current Affairs - June 2015

Airtel launches 4G services in Mysore

Indian Telecom major Bharti Airtel has launched 4th Generation (4G) services in Mysuru (or Mysore), Karnataka.

With this launch, Airtel customers in Mysore can now access high speed access to the Internet using 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology and enjoy the most advanced Internet experience in India.

It should be noted that Bharti Airtel is first Telecom major in India to launch 4G LTE services in the country. They had launched the India’s first 4G services in Kolkata in April 2012. Later in the course of time they had expanded this service in other major cities including Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Pune, Chandigarh and Amritsar.

About 4G LTE

  • 4G LTE is wireless communications standard developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).
  • It is one of several competing 4G standards along with WiMax (IEEE 802.16) and Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB).
  • It is designed to provide up to 10x speeds of 3G networks for mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones, netbooks and wireless hotspots etc.
  • It can provide internet speed of at least 100 Mbit per second (Mbps) to 1 GBit per second (Gbps).
  • 4G technologies are designed to provide IP (Internet Protocol)-based voice, data and multimedia streaming at high speed.

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Union Government launches Bhuvan Ganga Mobile App to aid Clean Ganga Mission

Union Government has launched Bhuvan Ganga Mobile Application and Web Portal to aid flagship mission to Clean Ganga.

The app and webportal was launched by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti in New Delhi.

Bhuvan Ganga application: It will facilitate public to upload pictures of pollution sources of the Ganga River for further action by the authorities concerned.  It will also serve platform for people to monitor pollution in river Ganga and enable decision makers to prioritize interventions.

Bhuvan Ganga Portal: It is deployed as part of Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) Bhuvan’s geoportal with all geospatial layers related to Ganga River. It will be used as a tool to support decision making and planning for the Clean Ganga Mission.

Apart from this, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). The objective of the MoU is to utilize the geospatial and crowd-sourcing technologies for monitoring pollution in Ganga River.

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