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.


MTNL, BSNL asset monetization plan may face hurdles: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The asset monetization plan for state-run telcos BSNL and MTNL has started already started to face hurdles due to predefined rules and regulations, even as the Telecom Ministry is trying hard to get the revenues up for these PSUs. According to a PTI report, the Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the precondition of using the land for telecom infrastructure at time of allotment may prove to be a hurdle.… Read More

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3G and LTE to drive global mobile VoIP market: Technavio

The global mobile VoIP (mVoIP) market, which considered being fast-growing segment in the M2M and connected devices market, is predicted to post a remarkable CAGR of about 28%, to be driven by increasing use of 3G and the advent of LTE service, according to a report by Technavio. The report said that telecom operators worldwide foresee a massive opportunity in carrier aggregation and hence, are investing in the deployment of… Read More


BSNL invites bids for 3G/4G telecom gear worth $1 billion: Report

BSNL, the state-run telecom operators, has invited bids from telecom equipment providers to add 31.02 million new users of its 3G/4G services across the country, Financial Express reported. BSNL will accept bids for new equipment purchase till July 1. It however hasn’t given the value of the purchase order. The report, citing various sources, said that the purchase is estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. The state-run telco is currently… Read More


Nokia debuts at #2 in worldwid optical equipment market, behind Huawei: IHS

Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia debuted as the number-two optical equipment manufacturer, behind leader Huawei in the worldwide optical network equipment market, which surged 13% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2016, driven by accelerating 100G investment in long haul and metro applications, according to IHS Technology. The first quarter of 2016 marked Nokia’s re-entry into the optical equipment market, this time anchored by the former Alcatel-Lucent’s optical network business,… Read More


Ericsson says developing emergency mobile financial services solution

Swedish gear maker Ericsson said that it is developing Emergency Wallet, a mobile financial services solution, for deployment in the immediate aftermath of disaster or crises to support humanitarian organizations and affected populations. The Ericsson Emergency Wallet solution will be designed for use in emergency situations where financial infrastructure is lacking. It will enable the distribution and use of digital funds by relief workers and impacted populations, which can help… Read More


Idea’s 4G LTE service in Tamil Nadu & Chennai now covers 32 towns, including major towns across all 21 districts

Idea Cellular, India’s fastest growing telecom operator, announced the expansion of its hi-speed 4G LTE service to three more towns of Tamil Nadu & Chennai circle, taking the total tally to 32. Covering all major towns across all 21 districts, the company has increased its presence exponentially within a short span of time. In 12 out of these over 32 towns, Idea has also become the sole operator to provide… Read More


Airtel says completes acquistion of Videocon spectrum in six circles

Airtel, the country’s leading telco, said that it has completed the acquisition of Videocon’s spectrum in six circles for Rs 4428 crore. Both the companies, in a joint statement, said that all necessary approvals including the conditions stated in the spectrum trading guidelines have been met with. Before the Airtel deal, Idea Cellular, which is India’s third largest telco, was in touch with Videocon for a similar deal. However, Idea had… Read More


RCom-Aircel merger talks get 30 days extension

Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications, in an official statement, said that it is further extending merger talks with Aircel promoters by further 30 days to June 22 following substantial progress in their discussions. The talks originally started on December 22 for a 90-day period since December 22, but got extended to May 22. RCom is currently in talks with Maxis Communications Berhad (MCB) and Sindya Securities and Investments Private Limited (Sindya), the… Read More


LG’s first modular smartphone G5 listed on India website at Rs 54,000

South Korean handset maker LG has listed its first modular smartphone, G5, on its India website. The device is carrying a price tag of Rs 54,000. Additionally, LG has listed 360 VR, 360 CAM, and CAM Plus–priced at Rs 21990, Rs 21490, Rs 6500, respectively–on the India website. The handset maker on Friday announced the pre-booking for G5. The flagship smartphone will be available for pre-booking at mobile stores, at LG… Read More


Tata Comm to sell 74% stake in data center biz to ST Telemedia

Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia) through ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) will acquire a 74% majority stake in Tata Communications’ data centre business in India and Singapore, according to an official statement. Tata Communications said that it will remain as a significant shareholder, holding the remaining 26% stake in the businesses. The joint venture will include Tata Communications’ fourteen data centres in key cities across India and its… Read More


Apple, RIL to ink iPhone sourcing deal to support Jio 4G services: Report

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly finalised a long-term sourcing deal with Reliance Industries, under which the world’s second largest smartphone maker will supply VoLTE-capable iPhones directly to Reliance Jio, the telecom venture of RIL, the Economic Times reported. Cook, who is currently on his maiden trip to India, has also worked out an enterprise solutions deal with RIL. The ET report said that Reliance wants to deploy enterprise software… Read More


BIF urges Govt to remove Import Duty rollback on Populated PCBs and other phone accessories

The Government of India, in a recent Notification (No 31/2016-Customs) decided to roll back import duties levied on components of mobile phones in the Union Budget 2016. The duty on chargers, batteries and headsets was brought down from 29% to 12.5% and lowered the duty on populated printed circuit boards (PCBs) to 0% from 2% (instead of raising it to 12.5%). In regards with this, BIF has sent a note… Read More


Consolidation to further help telcos like Airtel: Report

Brokerage CLSA, in a note, said that the consolidation drive will further accelerate as Norwegian operator Telenor’s India unit is expected to either merge its operations or sell its spectrum, which will help bigger telcos like Bharti Airtel, which has been chipping away the revenue market share from players such as Telenor India. “Smaller operators like Telenor may either have to merge, curtail their operations further or trade their spectrum… Read More

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