By D.K Choudhary
Centre launches IVRS platform to address the problem of call drops
i. Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched an Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS) system in Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Goa. It will be extended to others states.
ii. Aim : To obtain direct feedback from subscribers and use that feedback to solve the problem of call drops.
iii. Subscribers will receive an IVRS call from the short code 1955. They will be asked a few questions on the subject of call drops. The feedback of the subscribers will be shared with the Telecom Service Providers.
2 high-resolution remote sensing satellites successfully launched by China
i. China successfully launched two High-Resolution Remote Sensing Satellites on December 28, 2016 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province to get commercial images.
ii. The satellites, SuperView-1 01/02, blasted off on Long March 2D rocket. They are able to provide commercial images at 0.5-meter resolution.
iii. Before the launch of the satellite, a white paper was released on December 27 which included the report about the proposal of the nation’s government.
iv. The paper said that China plans to form a BeiDou network consisting of 35 satellites for global navigation services by 2020. It is expected to compete with America’s Global Positioning system.
v .China also has plans to start providing basic services to countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-century Maritime Silk Road in 2018, it said.
vi. Besides satellite services China will launch a lunar probe in 2018 to achieve world’s first soft landing on the far side of the Moon to show case its ambitious space programme, which included several manned missions, building permanent space station and reaching to Mars.