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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BSNL seeks to buy pan-India 700 MHz spectrum for 4G services

Government-run telecom operator state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) is planning to acquire 5 MHz spectrum in the super premium yet costly 700-MHz band across the country, in a bid to take on private telecom operators that are offering high-speed 4G services. BSNL has reached out to the government, seeking financial support to buy spectrum in the 700-MHz band, according to a Business Standard report. “We have 20 MHz spectrum in 2,500-MHz… Read More

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Jio says incumbents misuse COAI to freely indulge in cartelization, demands complete overhaul

Reliance Jio Infocomm has declared war against the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), accusing the GSM lobby body of a biased functioning and serving the vested interest of three incumbent operators – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. Jio has also demanded a comprehensive overhaul of the GSM industry body’s rules, regulations and processes. “COAI Regulations are overwhelmingly biased and lopsided and have been framed to sub serve the… Read More

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Move over Jio, BSNL to launch lifetime free voice service in January

State-run telecom operator, BSNL is reportedly planning to launch lifetime free voice service starting from January 2017, along with plans that will be cheaper than what Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio had announced earlier this month. The move is aimed at quickly expanding the subscriber base across India, expect Mumbai and Delhi, where MTNL provides services. Further, the move will put further pressure on operators such as Airtel, Vodafone and Idea… Read More

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Idea provides 230% additional capacity to Jio says QoS for customers, top priority

Idea Cellular recently invited Jio for a discussion to mutually resolve the traffic asymmetry. As Quality of Service for its customers is top priority, Idea has agreed to further enhance capacity in both access and long distance interconnection, by providing over 230% additional capacity, allowing for two way calling between the networks. Idea has now provisioned 1,865 ports for access, from 565 earlier – a 230% increase in capacity. Simultaneously,… Read More

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Airtel launches long duration 4G data pack with effective rate less than Rs.50/GB

Airtel today announced the launch of a special data pack that offers 30 GB 4G data for 90 days. While the pack is available for Rs.1495 for existing users; new users can avail this offer via first recharge of Rs.1494 thus bringing down the per GB cost to just below Rs.50 (which was the price point advertised by Jio at the time of launch). After crossing the 30 GB data… Read More

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Telenor in talks to merge data business with Tikona

Telenor India, a smaller GSM telecom operator, is reportedly looking at merging its data business with Goldman Sachs-owned Tikona Digital, which offers broadband services to home and business customers and had lately started providing 4G services in a few cities such as Varanasi. According to an ET Now report, the talks between these companies are revolving around just the data business, and Telenor’s oice business may be kept out of… Read More

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Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal interconnection “becomes unnecessarily a big issue”

Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal assured Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio that the ongoing Point of Interconnect (PoIs) issue will be resolved within few weeks, even as the 4G entrant claimed “all talk- no action on augmentation in operational interconnection capacity in last 15 days. Mittal’s comments comes after the telecom regulator, Trai, took a strict view of ongoing spat between Reliance Jio and top telcos- Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and… Read More

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Idea will now offer e-KYC ‘Aadhaar’ based SIM activation across its service centers

Idea Cellular, has announced the roll out of ‘electronic – Know Your Customer (e-KYC)’ based activations for both Prepaid and Postpaid customers across its service centers in 22 circles. The pan-India roll-out of e-KYC has been enabled after the successful pilot by Idea in Delhi circle, in association with UIDAI, and as per the DoT guidelines. The e-KYC solution allows users to avail instant verification using their ‘Aadhaar’ Number, enabling quicker… Read More

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Idea Cellular readies its own Video, Music, TV, Chat and Storage service to counter Airtel, Jio

Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest telecom operator, will launch a slew of app-based digital services like Idea Games, Idea Videos, Idea Music starting the third quarter of the ongoing fiscal year, and plans to launch Idea TV, Idea News and Magazines, Idea Chat and Idea Storage during next financial year, the company said in an investor presentation. The move will be aimed at overcoming threat from the likes of… Read More

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Airtel soon to launch 4G services in over 100 towns across Himachal Pradesh

Airtel, today said that it plans to soon launch 4G services in over 100 towns/locations* across Himachal Pradesh. Customers can now upgrade their existing 2G/3G SIMs with 4G ready USIMs completely free of cost at any Airtel retail store. With the USIM upgrade, customers can continue enjoying their existing 2G/3G services, while staying ready to experience Airtel 4G from the day of its launch. Airtel 4G is currently available to… Read More

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True MVNO soon to be a reality in India

More than 2 years back I discussed about MVNO in India – their challenges and how they can be successful in this country despite the telecom space is crowded and tariff is overall lower than other countries. It’s 2016 now and Indian telecom players are consolidating – Airtel bought Loop, Augere & Aircel’s 4G spectrum and liberalized spectrum from Videocon; RCom is merging with MTS and Aircel. After all the… Read More

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War of words: Jio claims daily 2 crore call failures; Airtel says correct your VoLTE

Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have kicked off a war of words on Sunday accusing each other over the ongoing interconnection points and mobile number portability (MNP) issue. Jio on Sunday has again alleged that Airtel was abusing its market dominance for not providing sufficient interconnection points, besides restricting mobile number portability (MNP) requests. The Mukesh Ambani-led telco further said that more than two crore calls are failing everyday between… Read More

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Vodafone to invest $3 billion ahead of auctions in India: Report

UK-based telecoms Group Vodafone is reportedly preparing to pump equity infusion worth over $3 billion in its India unit to replace debt, even as continues to work on India unit’s initial public offering (IPO). Vodafone India’s standalone net debt for 2015-16 was about Rs 81,500 crore. “Overseas market conditions make it favorable to replace the debt here with equity as the return on equity is higher here and it will… Read More

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Bharti Airtel to provide more PoIs following payments from Jio, to jointly conduct tests

Bharti Airtel, India’s leading telecom operator on Saturday said that it is providing additional points of interconnections (PoIs) to Jio 4G following bilateral discussions earlier this week. With the latest augmentation, the total number of PoIs provided will become three times the present number of PoIs with capacity sufficient to serve over 15 million customers, which is much more than Jio’s total subscriber base. The telco said that both the… Read More

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RCom-Aircel merged entity to give strong competition to Vodafone, Idea Cellular

The merged RCom-Aircel entity will give strong competition to its rival private telecom operators like Vodafone India and Idea Cellular in the backdrop of the disruption caused by the launch of operations by Reliance Jio Infocomm, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said. “The merged entity will offer strong competition to both Vodafone India Limited (Vodafone) and Idea which are weaker placed, as far as 4G operations are concerned,” the agency… Read More

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