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Friday, 12 June 2015

SOHO Broadband Plans

SOHO is short for Small Office Home Office. It refers to usage of internet for commercial purpose that facilitates smooth running of business. The connectivity requirements of emerging businesses or SOHOs differ significantly from that of individual users or large corporate houses. SOHOs look forhigh-quality internet plans during business hours that are not only flexible in terms of usage but are also affordable.
Tikona understands the needs of growing businesses and offers broadband plans in two categories. The Value Internet Leased Line and Speed Multiplier Unlimited Usage plans are Tikona internet plan categories available in SOHO.
Tikona Value Internet Leased Line <hyperlink to the VILL blog post> is the industry first in India. It provides 1:1 bandwidth during office hours, speeds up to 2 Mbps with an in-built IP. The other category of plans – Speed Multiplier plans – come with the following salient features:
  • Dual speeds - higher speed during office hours (8AM to 8PM) and are throttled during non-office hours (8PM to 8 AM)
  • Contention ratio – Get a contention ratio of 1:8. This ratio is higher compared to ILL (1:1) but lower than home (1:20)
  • No Fair Usage Policy
  • Unlimited downloads internet plans
  • High speed internet of quarterly and half yearly variants of 1, 2 and 4 Mbps
  • Reduced speed of 512 Kbps during non-office hours (8PM – 8 AM)
The advantages that Tikona offers SOHO can be summarised into the following:
  • Bonus speed during business hours (8AM to 8PM)
  • Download speed of up to 4 Mbps
  • Greater security through WPA2 offers freedom from the risks of self-installed Wi-Fi
Tikona offers a range of high-speed, innovative and economical tariff plans based on the business usage.
Take a look at the Speed Multiplier Plans for SOHO -
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Tikona Introduces 4 New Wireless Broadband Plans

With a significant increase in the consumption of internet and demand for higher broadband speeds, Tikona Digital Networks (TDN) has launched four new bonus bandwidth plans that promise seamless connectivity, higher bundled usage and faster downloads.
The new bonus bandwidth plans are introduced in two broad based categories: Light usage up to 15GB/month and Medium usage – 25GB to 50GB/month.
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With this, users can now take advantage of higher bundled GB usage and choose from a range of tariff plans that best suit their needs. Not just that, some of the earlier broadband plans in medium usage & heavy usage categories have also been revised, offering 15 times more GBs at great speed and price.
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Additionally, TDN now offers higher bundled GB usage for ‘BillFree Plan’, putting more power in the hands of users and letting them enjoy access on multiple devices with speed up to 4Mbps and upgrade their plan as and when required with renewal vouchers available for as low as 6 paise per MB.
Not just this, special discounts are available for users who opt for Advance Rental Scheme.
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Being one of the leading tariff innovators in the broadband category, TDNs tariff plans have been developed as per the usage trends observed across users in 25 Tier I & II cities. TDN intends to offer more such plans that fit every pocket and suit the needs of modern-age subscribers.
Click here  to view all the plans provided by us.

What makes Tikona WiBro the Greenest Broadband Access Technology?

Going green is a big responsibility to leave smaller footprints. It’s good for business as well as environment. We at Tikona aim to reduce carbon footprints by continuously exploring use of greener technologies and conserve the resources we all need to thrive. In this attempt to reduce energy consumption, we adopted WiBro – a wireless broadband technology which works as an alternative to cable and DSL and allows the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access.
If we compare the different broadband access technologies for mass deployment – DSL, 3G and 4G, WiBro access network consumes the lowest energy for each GB delivered. For each energy unit (KWH) consumed, WiBro delivers 98 GB as compared to DSL (30GB), 3G (1GB) and 4G (16GB).
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Note: Conversion to Carbon footprint is as per Recommendations on Approach towards Green Telecommunications -TRAI -April 12, 2011
The above mentioned calculations are specific to power consumed in various access networks and excludes core network and CPE/Mobile Phones. For a service provider, approximately 70% energy is consumed due to access network and balance in Core Network & Datacenter/Switching centers.
In cellular wireless networks (3G/4G), a lot of energy is wasted in the power amplifier and through the antenna feeder cable. These problems get eliminated with WiBro access network as it runs on  low transmit powers (1W) and uses direct antenna coupling and directional antennas in each segment. The minimal energy wastage makes WiBro the Greenest Broadband Access Technology.
Our team at Tikona continuously strives for innovation in the field of networking & distribution in a way that provides more value to the customer and is also environment-friendly. Let’s work towards a greener and better tomorrow!

Top 10 Must Have Apps

Today, there’s an app for almost everything. There are messaging apps, diet apps, water reminder apps, finance apps, game apps, cooking apps and every other kind of app that you can imagine. You can transfer funds via app. You can read, edit pics via app. With so many apps around, it gets really difficult to choose the best among them. We therefore, bring you our top 10 must-have apps for your mobile.
  1. Merriam Webster Dictionary: One of the world’s most respected dictionaries can now fit into your pocket without an extra cost to your wallet. The app provides detailed meanings, pronunciation, synonyms, antonyms, example sentences and more.
  2. Truecaller: It’s the most accurate caller id app in the market! Truecaller allows you to search for any mobile, landline or business number in the world for free!
  3. WeatherBug: Definitely recommended! WeatherBug is a fast, beautiful, easy-to-use app that lets you keep a check on the weather on-the-move.
  4. SwiftKey: This is one of the popular app featuring the best keyboard ever. Its predictive text is very good. There are dozens of themes to choose from. SwiftKey in short is a great replacement keyboard with a lot of customization options.
  5. Map My India: A mapping software that works purely on GPS signals, without any Internet connectivity, Map My India app offers turn-by-turn voice navigation. It comes with different features like house number search, places of Interest, sign post info, city guide, location sharing and geo-tagging images.
  6. Google Play Music: The app has evolved quite a bit in the last year. You can use Google Play Music to access the music you keep on your phone or at the same time upload up to 20,000 songs to the cloud and streamline them for free.
  7. Pushbullet: This app enables an integration between your phone and PC. It allows you to check and send text messages, see notifications, send files to your phone from your computer and vice versa. Download the app today for free and enjoy seamless connectivity!
  8. Evernote: It’s like a digital multi-tool app. Evernote is a great list keeper, note taker, voice recorder, to-do manager, and web clipper. You can use the app for just about everything.
  9. Google Reader Blog: This app shows all the updates from all the websites you like and follow in one place. Need we say more!
  10. Saavn: If you’re fan of Indian music, this is a must-have app for you. It boasts of a huge collection of Bollywood music that can be streamed straight onto your mobile device using Wi-Fi or 3G. If music isn’t your thing, check out the Kindle app for books, Comics for digital comics, and TOI app for news articles.
If you’ve any other apps on your must-have list, please share them with us.
About Tikona Digital Networks
Tikona Digital Networks is a class A internet service provider and was founded in 2008, with a vision to be a leading Broadband and IT services company, offering innovative products, various broadband plans and solutions to the home, enterprise and service provider customers in India. Tikona is today among India’s top Broadband Service Providers with 2.25 lakh subscribers in 25 cities. Tikona has deployed 40,000 outdoor wireless access points in India making it world’s largest outdoor Wi-Fi network provider. Tikona possesses 20 MHz of 4G LTE spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in five circles of India namely Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh- East & West and Himachal Pradesh. Tikona Infinet (formerly known as HCL Infinet) is the B to B arm of Tikona that provides data services to Enterprise customers in India. TDN is funded by top end global investors and is committed to comply with the highest standards of corporate governance. Visit www.tikona.in for more details.

Tikona Digital Networks Raises $45 Million Investment from IFC, Other Investors

Mumbai, November 17, 2014: Tikona is pleased to announce the successful completion of a $45 million fund raise. The round was led by IFC with a $25 million investment and existing investors, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Oak Investment partners, Everstone Capital and L&T Infrastructure Finance Co Ltd, collectively invested $20 million.
The capital raised will be used to expand Tikona’s broadband network in existing and new cities. “We are pleased to have IFC as an investor given their understanding of the broadband sector across the globe and long term approach to business investments. Additional capital from our existing investors is also a strong endorsement of their faith in the strength of our business” said Prakash Bajpai, CEO and Managing Director of Tikona. IFC is committed to invest in infrastructure projects which aim at social and economic development in emerging economies such as India. Ruchira Shukla, South Asia Lead for TMT investments at IFC, said, “A well penetrated, high-quality broadband infrastructure will provide impetus to growth in India in the areas of communication, commerce, e-governance, information, education, healthcare, and job creation. IFC’s investment in Tikona will facilitate expansion of broadband infrastructure to middle income households and small and medium businesses, particularly in priority states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.”
Tikona has built an innovative, low cost, high capacity, broadband solution for serving the grossly underpenetrated home broadband market in India. This energy efficient, compact small cell infrastructure is already serving over 225,000 homes in the top 25 cities of India and the business model is now ready to scale to more cities. Tikona also owns 20 MHz, 4G spectrum in 2,300 MHz band in 5 telecom circles of Gujarat, UP-East, UP-West, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, covering 28% of the population of India, positioning it well for 4G data services in the future.
For further information please contact:
Shawn Fernandes
Tikona Digital Networks +91 22 41830259
 shawn.fernandes@tikona.in
Website: www.tikona.in
About Tikona
Tikona Digital Networks was founded in 2008, with a vision to be a leading Broadband and IT services company, offering innovative products, various broadband plans and solutions to the home, enterprise and service provider customers in India. Tikona is today among India’s top Broadband Service Providers with 2.25 lakh subscribers in 25 cities. Tikona has deployed 40,000 outdoor wireless access points in India making it world’s largest outdoor Wi-Fi network provider. Tikona possesses 20 MHz of 4G LTE spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in five circles of India namely Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh- East & West and Himachal Pradesh. Tikona Infinet (formerly known as HCL Infinet) is the B to B arm of Tikona that provides data services to Enterprise customers in India. TDN is funded by top end global investors and is committed to comply with the highest standards of corporate governance.

Tikona achieves EBITDA break even in 4.5 yrs, among the fastest in the telecom space

Mumbai, November 14, 2014: Average monthly download per subscriber on Tikona’s broadband network has steadily climbed from 6 GB download per month 2 years ago to 20 GB download per month; the heaviest any wireless operator has seen anywhere. “20 GB is average across all… there are customers who log over 150GB download per month as well. Our built network is already carrying 6 PetaBytes of traffic every month yet it is presently filled to 20% of its built capacity and as the network fills up with additional retail and enterprise subscribers, margins and cash-flows shall multiply. Tikona model is the first one of a kind to match the capacity and performance hitherto achieved via wire-line DSL or FTTC networks only” says Prakash Bajpai, founder and CEO of Tikona Digital Networks.

Tikona embarked upon the journey to roll-out its unique small cell network architecture 5 years ago and has now perfected the ultra low cost model after 7000 man-days of technology enhancement and innovation. Over 250,000 Homes and SMB enjoy the service in select pockets of top 25 cities and the company has achieved Ebitda break-even in about 4.5 years of commercial operations.

This high capacity and high performance wireless last mile solution enables tikona to deliver Internet service profitably at Rs 15 to Rs 25 per Gigabyte, and that too at speeds that support two to four simultaneous video streams i.e. nearly 1/10th the price of mobile solutions like dongles

India suffers from lack of last-mile infrastructure and therefore has been struggling with poor broadband penetration. New fiber based last mile plants are very expensive and difficult to build and no significant investment has been made in last 5 years by telecom operators. Can Tikona type networks be the answer? When asked, a beaming Prakash Bajpai replied “Yes, a cleverly architected network leveraging the strengths of 4G OFDM efficiency, large contiguous spectrum, small cell configuration and smart antenna technologies can deliver the wire-line like performance and capacity at a fractional cost. Low capex and low opex combination makes this approach ideal for large scale proliferation of broadband to Indian masses. With a small doze incremental growth capital Tikona will be well poised to expand the coverage and capacity of its modular network several fold in next couple of years. We could then be carrying over 30 Peta-Byte of Internet traffic per month”.

For further information please contact:

Shawn Fernandes

Tikona Digital Networks +91 22 41830259

 shawn.fernandes@tikona.in

Website: www.tikona.in

About Tikona

Tikona Digital Networks was founded in 2008, with a vision to be a leading Broadband and IT services company, offering innovative products, various broadband plans and solutions to the home, enterprise and service provider customers in India. Tikona is today among India’s top Broadband Service Providers with 2.25 lakh subscribers in 25 cities. Tikona has deployed 40,000 outdoor wireless access points in India making it world’s largest outdoor Wi-Fi network provider. Tikona possesses 20 MHz of 4G LTE spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in five circles of India namely Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh- East & West and Himachal Pradesh. Tikona Infinet (formerly known as HCL Infinet) is the B to B arm of Tikona that provides data services to Enterprise customers in India. TDN is funded by top end global investors and is committed to comply with the highest standards of corporate governance.

BYOD and Wi-Fi hotspots in office

Businesses and offices are getting tech-friendly. There is a definite increase in the usage of mobile internet devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones along with the regular PCs in workplaces. And now we are moving beyond traditional office spaces.
In a nutshell, the following change has been seen in the Indian corporate scene:
  • From limited connectivity to always on and anywhere connectivity
  • From restricted internet access to employee paid access
  • From fixed primary device to mobile primary device
  • From one device for one task to one device for multiple tasks
  • From IT choosing a device for users to employees demanding for a device of their choice
  • From IT controlling the device to freedom for personal use of device
Owing to these changes, employers are now looking at other avenues and encouraging ‘Work From Home’ and BYOD practices. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. Employees are now carrying work home and accessing web information from the same device during office hours. The difference between work and personal life is slowly blurring.
This affects the office LAN in the following ways:
  • Mobile devices need connectivity through 2G / 3G or Wi-Fi
  • Office Wi-Fi network cannot handle the load of these extra devices
  • About 80% of mobile data usage happens while in office and 20% on the move
  • Slower speeds on 2G / 3G and poor customer experience
  • Office broadband turns out more expensive than 2G / 3G
  • Higher reimbursement payouts to employees
To address the rising needs of the workforce and BYOD, Tikona brings to you unique combinations that include:
  1. Differential internet access
  2. Secured office Wi-Fi with hotspots
  3. Telecommute: Wireless home broadband services
Tikona’s differential internet access is a perfect solution for specific office problems and challenges.
It provides speed as per the role and requirement
It reserves bandwidth for critical business applications
It ensures control over internet and applications during office hours
This is ideal for branch offices, regional offices and headquarters. With this, you get an internet leased line of 512 Kbps and upwards. It generates user reports on bandwidth, applications and web usage.
Wi-Fi in offices today have standard off-the-shelf access points with a DIY approach adopted by the office IT. There is a lack of awareness about Wi-Fi security. Solutions are not easily scalable and most of all, they are not equipped to handle the load of the smart devices used in offices today.
Tikona Secured Office Wi-Fi has the following features that tackles these issues in a swift manner:
  • It is powered by smart Wi-Fi technology
  • It has powerful signal coverage
  • It performs consistently without any lags
  • It addresses Wi-Fi security through WPA-2 enterprise and patented DPSK technologies
  • It is easy to deploy and simple to manage
What’s more, you can deploy a Wi-Fi hotspot using the same infrastructure as Tikona Secured Office Wi-Fi solution. Employees will sign up for Tikona special corporate plans for use at their residences too and so they can use the same service at home and office.
Telecommute basically means using the same service at home as in office. All you have to do is subscribe for the all home service and use your devices without changing the connectivity settings.