Rudradeep

About the author: The happy guy RDB (stands for Rudradeep Biswas) has been writing for Telecomtalk since 2009, covering mobile operators, 3G, broadband, WiFi, 4G, LTE, telecom policies and what-not related to Indian telecom. He is by profession a doctor, did his MBBS from R.G.Kar Medical College, Kolkata.

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Bombay High Court admits RCOM-SSTL merger scheme

Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications (RCom) said that the Bombay High Court has admitted the application for its merger with Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd. (SSTL), the telecom unit of Russia’s Sistema JSFC. “The Bombay High Court has admitted the application for Scheme of Arrangement between RCOM and SSTL. The Hon’ble Bombay High Court has directed RCOM to convene a Court-Convened Meeting of Reliance Communications’ shareholders on Tuesday, 8 March 2016 at… Read More

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Reliance Jio’s LTE-U may need a longer timeframe for a commercial launch

In a recent ET report, it was revealed that Indian mobile service providers – Airtel and Reliance Jio – are working on next step of simple LTE – LTE-A and LTE-U – respectively. LTE-A (LTE Advanced) is more about carrier aggregation, which means adding different types of spectrum bands. On the other hand, LTE-U (LTE Unlicensed) is more likely to be the next step forward after LTE-A. It was originally… Read More

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Telcos like Airtel, Vodafone to contest Trai recommendations on auction pricing

Indian telecom operators like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone are apparently unhappy with Trai’s recommendations on spectrum auctions, and they are now preparing to approach the telecom department (DoT) to contest the regulator’s recommendations, particularly the pricing of the 700 Mhz band spectrum. Trai recently recommended a record high base price of Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz for 700 Mhz spectrum band. The cost of delivering mobile services in 700 Mhz… Read More

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Vodafone India Q3 ARPU plunges, adds 5.4 million new customers

Vodafone India’s average revenue per user (ARPU) plunged in the third quarter to reach Rs 174.9, against Rs 178 in the second quarter. Vodafone, the country’s second largest telco, added 7,600 3G sites in the third quarter to take the overall 3G site count to 47,000 sites with 3G coverage reached 94% in targeted urban areas. The telco’s 2G cell site count stood at 134,000 in India in the third quarter. Bharti… Read More

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DataWind to set up its new manufacturing unit Telangana, generate 500 jobs

DataWind said that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Telangana government to set up its new manufacturing unit in the city. The MoU will allow both parties to work collaboratively and cooperatively for the purpose of developing a mobile manufacturing ecosystem in Telangana State. The new facility is expected to start production within 90 days, and it will generate 500 jobs in the first phase of its operation… Read More

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Vodafone India Q3 service revenue increased 2.3% to reach GBP1.103 billion

Vodafone, the country’s second-largest mobile operator, has posted a 2.3% year-on-year growth in its organic service revenues in the third quarter. It said that the quarterly growth rate slowed down due to further competitive pressure, which impacted both voice and data prices and data customer growth. The company’s organic service revenue had increased 5.6% in the second quarter. The unlisted Indian unit of Vodafone Group reported revenues of GBP1.103 billion… Read More

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Nokia launches analytics capabilities for operators

Nokia’s new Applications & Analytics business group has introduced two separate analytics capabilities for operators to ensure the proper network capacity to support new services and maintain the highest quality IPTV service. Finnish telecom gear maker’s Capacity Advisor for Nokia Performance Manager (NPM) analyzes past and present network use data to predict the network capacity operators will need to keep up with growth in service usage when launching a service… Read More

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TTSL plans to bundle enterprise services with 4G services: Report

Tata Teleservices (TTSL), the dual technology telecom operator, is in talks with existing 4G telecom operators to bundle its enterprise offerings with their high-speed fourth generation services, ET reported. With 4G services from other telcos, the company aims to better tap the country’s enterprise market, and to get maximum share in about a million-strong enterprise market in India. Prateek Pashine, Head – Enterprise Business at Tata Teleservices, told the publication… Read More

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Avaya names Vishal Agrawal as Managing Director for India and SAARC

Avaya, a provider of business communications software, systems and services, has named Vishal Agrawal as Managing Director for India and SAARC operations. Agrawal will focus on aligning Avaya more closely with India’s digital transformation initiative, and on continuing to drive the company’s ‘customer-first’ solution innovation ethos and outcome-based approach. “For the last two years, we have invested in building a strong ecosystem of partners, a team that has experience and… Read More

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Trai auction recommendations out, suggests Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz for 700 Mhz band

Indian telecom regulator, Trai, has come out with its recommendations of the upcoming spectrum auction, which is likely to take place around May-June this year. It has given its recommendations on spectrum price for seven bands, including 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 2500 MHz. The regulator, for the very first time, has suggested auction of the super premium 700 MHz band, which is most suitable for 4G services. It has… Read More

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Bharti Airtel, Axiata to merge operations in Bangladesh

Bharti Airtel said that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Axiata Group Berhad to merge their respective subsidiaries in Bangladesh that are Robi Axiata Limited (Robi) and Airtel Bangladesh Limited. The agreement follows the September 9, 2015 announcement of both parties entering into an exclusive discussion to explore possibility of combining the business operations in Bangladesh. Upon completion, Axiata will hold 68.3% controlling stake in the combined entity,… Read More

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Here are more details regarding Vodafone 4G LTE services in Kolkata including speed test results

Vodafone, the  largest (and oldest) mobile operator in the Kolkata and West Bengal circle, had announced the launch of its next-generation 4G LTE mobile services in Kolkata in a gala event held at the Oberoi Grand. Coincidentally, the Oberoi Grand is one of the oldest 5-star hotels in Kolkata metro. The event was conducted in the presence of Dr. Amit Mitra, West Bengal’s Minister of Finance & Commerce, on January 25, 2016. The rollout of Vodafone’s 4G… Read More

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Vodafone to launch 4G in Delhi-NCR on February 3

Vodafone, the country’s second largest carrier by subscribers, will launch 4G LTE services in Delhi-NCR region on February 3, 2016, following similar launches in Kolkata, Karnataka, and Kerala telecom circles. The telco has sent out invites to the media, for an event in Gurgaon on February 3. The event will be attended by Vodafone Chief Operating Officer Naveen Chopra, and Apoorva Mehrotra, Business Head –Delhi & NCR. BJAS Murthy, Operations Director… Read More

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