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.

Star Plus tops the channel ratings released by TAM week 47, Colours follows the lead

According to the data sourced from TAM subscribers week 47 (November 16 – 22, 2014), Star Plus held the top slot, however its ratings fell to 631 million GVTs, from 658 million GVTs in week 46 (November 9 – 15, 2014). Colors came in at the second spot, witnessing a marginal decline this week to 482 million GVTs from 483 million GVTs in week 46. Zee TV’s ratings continued to

Aircel launches unlimited on-net calling from 5am to 5pm in Punjab

Aircel has launched a unique offering for its customers in Amritsar and Ludhiana, that will help them to make unlimited free calls on the Aircel network from 5am to 5pm. “This is the first such offer from any telecom service provider in the region,” the company claimed. “The offer was launched as an extension to Aircel’s highly cost-effective propositions, after a careful observation of the consumer demands in the market

Discovery Channel India parts ways with MSM

Following Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’s mandate last year, leading pay channel group Discovery has parted ways with Multi Screen Media (MSM) in India. The almost 12-year-old distribution JV between two parties ends in the television distribution space with effect from January 1, 2015. As per the report, TRAI mandated that distributors cannot bundle channels from different broadcasters while selling content to various platforms such as cable operators and

Indian mobile phone market to surpass Japan’s by 2014 end

According to a Hon Kong based market research firm Counter Point, Indian mobile phone market is estimated to beat the Japan’s by 2014 end, reaching USD10 billion. According to an analyst of Counterpoint, India which is third largest smartphone market is on way to get USD 10 billion revenue from smart phone sale in the year 2014 and will beat Japan in terms of the total mobile phone shipments revenue

Videocon hopes to launch 4G in Haryana and Punjab by next year

Videocon Mobile Services will launch high-speed data 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in Haryana and Punjab by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014-15. The company has a Unified Licence, which allows it to provide all kind of services including 3G and 4G. The 4G services will be launched in all six circles, where it bagged spectrum in the November 2012 auction. With this, the company to expand aggressively by buying

South Indian MSOs join hands to launch cable TV federation by December 2014

India’s Multi-System Operators in Karnataka particularly Bengaluru, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have joined hands to establish a South Indian Cable Television Federation to strengthen their broadband offer and operating power. The federation will be officially launched in Kerala by year end. The federation will have 20 headends under it, currently catering to 30 lakh subscribers across Bengaluru, Telangana, AP, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. According to a MSO

Reliance, Tata Teleservices and Aircel top net losers of subscribers, Idea & Vodafone gains under MNP: Ravi Shankar Prasad

IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has informed that Reliance Communications (RCom), Tata Teleservices and Aircel are among the top net losers of subscribers under mobile number portability (MNP) services to Lok Sabha. Idea Cellular has been the biggest net gainer of mobile subscribers through MNP service, as per data till October, 2014 presented in the Lok Sabha by the minister. "The public sector companies, i.e. BSNL and MTNL

MTS Q3 revenue up 20%, data card subscriber base increased by 6.3%

Sistema Shyam Teleservices, which operates under the MTS brand, has reported a net loss of Rs 437.9 crore for the quarter ended September 30, compared to Rs 760.1.9 crore a year ago. The company is doing its business in nine circles. The company's net loss however expanded from Rs 402.5 crore in the previous quarter, mainly due to higher forex losses, the Indian unit of Russia's Sistema JSFC said. "During the

TRAI amends Telecommunication Tariff Order to exempt small ISPs from tariff reporting requirements

Smaller Internet Service Providers (ISP) finally rejoices as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has exempted them from tariff reporting through 59th Amendment to the Telecommunication Tariff Order (TTO), 1999. As per the amendment, the authority has granted the following exemptions to ISPs in respect of tariff reporting requirement: (i) An ISP shall be exempted from the tariff reporting requirement during a financial year if the total number of

DD Kisan to launch in mid-January

Public broadcaster is all set to launch its much awaited 24 x 7 Kisan TV channel by the end of January 2015. Doordarshan's 'Kisan' channel is one of the new ideas that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government had announced with regard to the public broadcaster. Initially the channel was planned to launch by the month of December this year, but everything has not set up including teams, studios, content and

Iridium Cries Foul on BSNL-INMASAT Satellite Phone Deal

India's satellite phone market gets a new interested party to make this space competitive. Iridium, American satphone company is looking for an entry but accuses government policies to prevent the space competitive. Presently only state-owned operator BSNL is offering services with INMARSAT. BSNL received a LoI from the DoT on July 9 and signed a principle agreement with INMARSAT on September 2. BSNL now can offer satellite based voice &