What’s with names and numbers?

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What’s with names and numbers? It all started when a friend casually asked me whether I was destined to win so many awards! Now, I don’t even know why I have won so many awards for my blogs. Actually, it was 17 at last count, 16 international and one national. We did a numerology report. A table is given here for those interested.
First, my full name. PRADEEP CHAKRABORTY.
PRADEEP = 7+9+1+4+5+5+7 = 38/2
CHAKRABORTY = 3+8+1+2+9+1+2+6+9+2+7 = 50
So, PRADEEP CHAKRABORTY, added together is 38+50 = 88+8 = 16. And, 1+6=7.

Now, my favourite subject: SEMICONDUCTORS.
SEMICONDUCTORS = 1+5+4+9+3+6+5+4+3+3+2+6+9+1 = 61 – 6+1 = 7.
ELECTRONICS = 5+3+5+3+2+9+6+5+9+3+1 = 51 = 5+1 = 6.
ELECTRONIC = 5+3+5+3+2+9+6+5+9+3 = 50 = 5+0 = 5
COMPONENTS = 3+6+4+7+6+5+5+5+2+1 = 44 = 4+4 = 8. Total” 5+8 = 13/4.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS: 2+5+3+5+3+6+4+ 4+3+5+9+3+1+2+9+6+5+1 = 76 = 7+6 = 4.

Three things are very clear! One, semiconductors has ALWAYS been my favorite for a number of reasons. The first reason is very simple – my name and the subject — 7 and 7, match! Two, electronics comes very close, and it also, somehow, runs the world. Three, so does the electronic components, but as the number 4 suggests, it is a subject difficult to grasp. The same applies to telecoms, as well.

Don’t agree with me? Well, as a question: please ask your friend: what does your phone do? He/she will come up with a long list. If you rephrase the question as to: what node is the platform (for a device) based on, the answer will be ‘silence‘! 😉

Okay, this is getting a bit boring! 🙂 Let’s have some fun with sports, eh?

ATHLETICS: 1+2+8+3+5+2+9+3+1 = 34/7. Difficult, but very entertaining. To excel, you need to work very hard.

BADMINTON: 2+1+4+4+9+5+2+6+5 = 38/2. A game favoured by romantics. Elegant to watch. Smash it! 😉

BASKETBALL: 2+1+1+2+5+2+2+1+3+3 = 22/4 – Fast paced. You need to be fast paced too!

BOXING: 2+6+6+9+5+7 = 35/8. This is a game for tough men and women who can take a pounding.

CHESS: 3+8+5+1+1 = 18/9. Played by few. Understood by few.

CRICKET: 3+9+9+3+2+5+2 = 33/6. A game for the masses. Interesting, that there are a handful of test teams in the world. Mostly, former British colonies.

FOOTBALL: 6+6+6+2+2+1+3+3 = 29/2. Very popular, but rough game, for the masses.

JUDO: 1+3+4+6 = 14/5 = Again, for the masses. Few practitioners in India, though

GYMNASTICS: 7+7+4+5+1+1+2+9+3+1 = 40/4. This one’s tough, but makes for great watching.

SWIMMING: 1+5+9+4+4+9+5+7 = 44/8. A tough game. Prefers folks who are very fit!

TAE-KWAN-DO: 2+1+5+2+5+1+5+4+6 = 31/4. Same as above.

TABLE TENNIS: 2+1+2+3+5+2+5+5+5+9+1 = 40/4. Fast paced! Same as above.

TENNIS: 2+5+5+5+9+1 = 27/9. A sport for the masses, featuring gladiators.

VOLLEYBALL: 4+6+3+3+5+7+2+1+9+9 = 49/4. This one’s needs tremendous agility. Well, which game doesn’t?

WEIGHTLIFTING: 5+5+9+7+8+2+3+9+6+2+9+5+7 = 77/5. For supermen and women.

Let’s look at sports. SPORTS: 1+7+6+9+2+1 = 26/8.

Sports itself, is a difficult discipline. So, how can anyone excel in any one among these sports, or well, in life? Simple. By doing hard work! 🙂 It all comes to those individuals who work hard nearly all their life.

Friends, I encourage all of you to try out your full name and full date of birth, (eg. 01-02-2011) separately, and respectively, to see where you stand in life! 🙂

Be aware! Numbers DO NOT make any man or woman. Only HARD WORK does! 🙂 You need to be agile, have the necessary skills, and speed, to excel in any field!

AGILE: 1+7+9+3+5 = 25/7.
SKILLS: 1+2+9+3+3+1 = 19/1.
SPEED: 1+7+5+5+4 = 22/4.
HARD WORK: 8+1+9+4+5+6+9+2 = 43/7.

Finally, in case I’ve made any mistakes, while adding up the numbers, kindly forgive me. I am NOT an astrologer. 🙂


Movie on my life? Naahh!! ;)

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That’s me! 🙂

This is extremely funny! An acquaintance recently called to check whether I would be interested in having a movie made on my life! Before he could finish, I replied, NO!

Some thoughts! First, why make a movie on me, a nobody? Two, I haven’t even achieved anything great like any sportsperson! Three, who will even watch the movie? Four, who will act my role??

The acquaintance said that I had won nine global awards for my blog, and that is a very great achievement! Hmmm, I have won eight global awards and one Indian award, that too from the film industry, of all people! 😉

In fact, I have won 21 awards so far, four at Global Sources, Hong Kong, and 17 for my blogs, including nine for Pradeep’s Point! However, I personally don’t think these would lead to any movie!

Come to think about it! So far, NO ONE in India has recognized my work, which is fine, given the lack of semiconductor- and electronics-related work and writings from India.

The one award that I did receive in India, was from the Indian film industry. I even recall asking my family: is everything all right with the Indian film industry? Why are they giving me this award??

Given the general lack of awareness, and well, the lack of overall support for me, at least, I can only think of three people who have supported me right through — Jo Kuo from Taiwan, and Usha Prasad and Aanchal Ghatak from India, besides my immediate family.

I don’t even want to mention the lack of ANY support from my relatives. Not their fault, as semiconductors is tough for anyone to understand, right?

I would like to thank the entire Asian Sources Media, now, Global Sources, Hong Kong, and all the folks there for helping me understand the intricacies of telecom, electronics, and semiconductors, and of course, the Global Sources’ tutelage. My thanks to the global electronics and semiconductor industries as well, without whom this would not have happened.

There is an interesting remark on my Facebook from a friend. It says: “Semicon needs to be in the mainstream. Such a miniscule component, but, at the heart of technology. Without semiconductors, we wouldn’t have this easy life.”

Very correct! Hope everyone appreciates this hard fact!

So, what will I do with any movie on my life? 🙂 Enjoy, everyone! This is ridiculous! 😉


What India needs to do in satellite broadband?

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On the World Telecom Day, 2017, the Broadband India Forum hosted the seminar, “Innovations, Technology & Satcom for Big Data, Broadband and Digital India”, in New Delhi.

Let’s start by looking at the primary growth drivers of communication satellites. According to TV Ramachandran, president, Broadband India Forum (BIF), as of Dec. 31, 2015, there were 1,381 total operational satellites, globally.

India has totally 124 operational satellites, which is only 9 percent of the global satellite population. India, which is the target focus of ‘The next Billion in Broadband has less than 5 percent of the total communication satellites globally (33, compared to ~700 globally). Out of 33 satellites, only 28 are dedicated communication satellites (and predominantly in the less-efficient C and Ku bands).

All this puts India far below the global norms on satellite communications. India needs large private investment to augment satellite capacity for a Digital India.

The top 10 economies use broadband from communication satellites. There are millions of subscribers in USA, Canada, West Europe, Australia, Japan, Brazil, etc. Satellite broadband is delivering 50Mbps speeds with today’s technology. Private satellite companies are set to deliver 1Gbps in near future.
(L to R): TV Ramachandran, president of BIF, Mrs. Aruna Sundarajan,  Secretary, MeitY and DoT, Shyamal Ghosh, Chairman emeritus, BIF, N Sivasailam, Addl. Secretary, Telecom, Dept. of Telecom, and Anil Prakash, secretary general, BIF.

Ubiquitous satellite broadband 
Satellite broadband is ubiquitous. It eliminates ROW issues which plague wired buildouts. It is available everywhere, even on planes, ships, trains and in homes and villages.

As per ITU, India ranks 131 out of 155 globally on fixed broadband penetration and at 155 out of 187 countries for mobile broadband. It has a huge urban/rural digital divide.
Rural broadband is at only 6 percent against urban broadband at 50 percent.

Terrestrial broadband technologies involve difficult rollout, prohibitive costs and long timeframes to deploy. Satellite broadband can be achieved almost on tap. The use of satellite for broadband becomes absolutely imperative.

India lagging behind in satellite broadband
All communication satellites in India belong only to ISRO. These are built on older, less efficient C and Ku-band technologies. Globally, private companies are investing in communication satellites.

Government and agencies are focusing on space exploration, new space technology, military and defence applications. Commercial communications have been opened to open markets. Built with new Ka-band technology is enabling speeds of up to 100Mbps/1 Gbps.

About $5 billion+ of investment has been committed to communication satellites
globally from Intelsat, Inmarsat, ViaSat, Hughes, SpaceX, OneWeb. India has currently no private investment in communication satellites.

Globally, satcom is competitive to terrestrial technologies for rural and remote areas. However, it lags behind in India due to inadequate capacity /availability, lack of use of new innovations and technologies, as well as higher costs. In India, costs of satellite broadband are much higher than that in the US.

Bringing costs on par with global norms
What can be done to reduce the costs and bring it on par with global norms? Satcoms can offer HTS with Ka-band, so that the cost/Gb could reduce by a factor of 7 along with multiple-fold increase in capacity. There should be relaxation of outdated technical specifications. There is a need to free up the market and allow open competition between international and domestic satellite operators.

There should be an increase in the term period of the contract between the satellite
operators and service providers from three years to at least 10-15 years to enjoy economies of scale. Future new applications and new markets would require at least 100x more capacity than current applications.

What India should do?
So, what does India needs to do? First, commercial communications through satellite needs to be maximised for Digital India and for bridging rural-digital divide. There is a need to facilitate private investment and manufacture in communication satellites. India also need s a direct investment potential of $2 billion+.

There is a need to leverage the expert institutions like DoT and TRAI for managing policies and implementation of the same , as in the case of terrestrial broadband technologies. At least $2-5 billion FDI expected by 2025 if private investment is permitted.

The current policy permits liberalization. Open Sky policy has been there since 2000. However, procedures and processes have to facilitate implementation of Open Sky policy in letter and spirit. Private participation is needed to boost India’s satellite program.

There is a need to approve long-pending proposals/applications for setting up
domestic satellites. As of now, 17 years of liberalized Satcom could have added at least 400 million rural broadband customers today, besides connecting all 250,000
GPs (of Bharat Net ) and given a significant boost to the rural economy.

Use satellites for Internet
In his welcome address, Shyamal Ghosh, IAS (Retd), Emeritus chairman of Broadband India Forum, stated that: “Use of satellite for providing Internet services is perhaps the only way to cover the entire country. Its importance of meeting the objectives of Digital India and for providing ‘Broadband to All’ by 2020 cannot be overstated.”

Ghosh pointed out that while India, through the Department of Space and ISRO has made rapid strides in the areas of manufacture and launch of indigenous satellites and launch vehicles for satellites, we have a long way to go to meet the communication requirements of our country in an affordable, always available and accessible-to-all manner. While the global satellite industry is pegged at around 600 communication satellites, India has only a handful of them – all of which belong to ISRO.

BIF warmly congratulated ISRO for yet another feather in its resplendent cap, and celebrating the launch of the GSAT-9. It is a superb testimony to ISRO’s capabilities in satellite technology.

Gionee launches A1 mobile phone in India

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Gionee has launched its first flagship mobile phone of the year, the A1, in India.

GioneeThe new model offers longer battery life, 4010 mAh battery, with ultrafast charging capability, and enhanced picture quality to capture great selfies. It has a stunning 16MP front camera, which offers clearer and more beautiful selfies. The A1 is loaded with a faster and safer fingerprint unlock, and Android 7.0 Nougat with Amigo 4.0, amongst a host other innovative features.

Gionee also unveiled #Selfiestan, a world of selfies that celebrates inclusiveness of varied expressions of today’s Hindustani. The unique campaign, #Selfiestan, is targeted at the growing breed of selfie enthusiasts in India. Selfies have undergone a socio cultural shift in the country to be the most powerful tool of inclusive expression.

Arvind R Vohra, country CEO and MD, Gionee India, said: “Today’s generation views the world from their front camera. They live for creating and celebrating experiences out of moments. At Gionee, we want to celebrate this inclusiveness by dissolving boundaries and creating a world of equals where every moment is worth capturing. Through #Selfiestan, Gionee plans to give India a sense of ownership and belonging by creating a world of Hindustan ki selfies. With the new A1, we take our first step towards building #Selfiestan.”