The city-based DiviNet Access Technologies Ltd (www.divinetaccess.com)
has innovated a new broadband access technology
named RAMNet(tm) (remote access metropolitan network)
for the common man.
is an advanced proprietary technology developed by DiviNet(tm).
It is a unique network created to provide broadband access
to homes and offices at an affordable cost. Unlike other
broadband technologies like ADSL cable modem, which predominantly
offers Internet services, RAMNet(tm) offers the Internet
as one of the services. It also offers solutions for services
based on digital video and audio, which supports large
number of simultaneous users.
provides affordable and highly competitive single-point
access mechanism for a wide range of services through
specially developed customer premises equipment (CPE),
which allows users to access all the services offered
main features of CPE
CAS (conditional access system): A new era of accessing
pay channels was recently shown the day of light, when
the CAS Bill was passed by the parliament. The gadget
being proposed by the government is designed exclusively
for CAS application only. On the other hand, a similar
costing CPE from DiviNet offers CAS as on of the built
Converts the television into an useful multiple use gadget
TV, which is conventionally being used for watching just
entertainment channels, can now be used for interactive
broadband applications. CPE, designed by DiviNet, facilitates
the subscribers connected to RAMNet to get access to various
broadband services such as video on demand, online chatting,
SMS, email, online gaming and interactive online education,
and much more. All these applications are accessed on
the existing television.
is a name given for local e-commerce though television
is now going to be a reality using RAMNet network. One
can walk through the virtual shopping malls and shop online.
To make the transaction secured a biometric security system
(like fingerprint) will be provided to all the subscribers.
CPE provides interfaces to link multiple existing gadgets
like TV, computer and music system. Through innovative
add-ons are developed by DiviNet, the existing keyboard
of the computer can be converted into a remote wireless
keyboard compatible with the CPE.
In fact RAMNet(tm) replaces multiple gadgets into one,
which are normally used by every house or office for services
like radio, jukebox, VCR, video-on-demand, video-telephony,
multi-party video-conferencing, whiteboard / pin-up board,
gaming and interactive education. One can listen to multiple
radio channels, view regular video channels that are free
to air, and subscribe for required pay channels, watch
movies and content-on-demand, use PVR (personal video
recorder) facility to record programmes, play interactive
online games with friends at multiple locations, subscribe
for a online tuition classes, send SMS to mobiles using
TV, browse the Internet and many such services
this through CPE on RAMNet.
break through the English language barrier associated
with technology products, RAMNet is multilingual, supporting
all the interactive services through the chosen language
of the user. Another benefit to the common people is the
fact that this technology does not assume a PC, which
has a low penetration and is bogged down by computer phobia.
RAMNet is not only for the residential users but can provide
valuable services to corporates that are dependent only
on the telecos for their needs. DiviNet has, taking into
consideration this dilemma faced by corporates, developed
innovative and never-seen-before services like private
networks, bandwidth-on-demand, online competitions, t-commerce,
e-commerce, online promotions, online trading of shares
and live quotes and online lottery.
RAMNet technology is a result of three-and-a-half years
of research and development by the team under the leadership
of P R Eknath, CTO, DiviNet (former CTO of C-DAC) and
Sanjay Wandhekar of C-DAC, an integral part of the team
that developed Indias first super computer, Param
and its series. RAMNet has undergone from concept stage
to the commercial launch stage. Now this innovative
and unique solution is undergoing beta phase trial covering
area of 130 km in the city of Pune connecting few hundred
Eknath: Our objective is to provide such an affordable
and secure technology to people that provides broadband
access mechanism with speeds ranging from 64 kbps to 10
Mbps for information, communication and entertainment
to residential as well as corporate clients.
provides point-to-point connectivity between every user
and the central location and makes the network secure,
reliable and predictable. The network will be ready for
mission-critical business traffic. It can be directly
connected to the ISPs, thus eliminating the need for acquiring
the E1-R2 lines from Telcos.
DiviNet CEO and managing director B P Narayan: This
interactive broadband access will be available
at the existing dial-up costs, with a projected pricing
that will be affordable for the users and also with an
expected return on investment up to 50 per cent.
expand upon its reach and to provide the broadband access
in an effective manner, the company proposes to operate
city-level online services through strategic partnerships
with a number of market operators. Further, the venture
envisages local city-level partnerships with a spectrum
of shops, departmental stores, restaurants, hotels, cinema
houses, and utility service providers for enabling local
city-level t-commerce services.
are sure that RAMNet will be the global need of tomorrow
because this low-cost technology will be a boon for countries
where access infrastructure is poor. The biggest benefit
available to the users of RAMNet is the ability to build
intelligent regions that use convergence technologies
to attract businesses and generate economic growth and
improve the delivery of services.
product is targeted at homes, small offices, home offices,
large business houses, hospitality, corporates and IT
sectors, enabling them to obtain high-speed, low-latency
connectivity supporting multiple services.
Access Technologies was incorporated as a closely held
private limited company in March 1999, which was later
converted into a limited company. The company is set up
with a long-term vision of providing new access mechanism
technology for accessing broadband through a metropolitan
network, beyond what existing technologies can deliver.