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.

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 &

DoT to provide free Wi-Fi services at 45 cities, 705 tourist locations in India

The Narendra Modi government has launched the Digital India initiative and has instructed the Department of Telecom to provide wi-fi access to public in cities with more than 1 million population. The Department of Telecom has identified 45 cities and 705 tourist locations to provide Wi-Fi services in public areas in India. Recently even BSNL started offering free Wi-fi in Varanasi. Discussions with private telecom operators to roll out the network required for

Vodafone starts offering its 2G and 3G services in Lachung Sikkim, first private telecom operator to do so

Vodafone India will now offer 2G and 3G services in Lachung, Sikkim. With this expansion, Vodafone would now cover approximately 369 towns & villages. Vodafone has so far deployed almost 181 cell sites across the state and 7150 approx across the Rest of Bengal Circle and continues to expand its network. In Sikkim, Vodafone’s retail network consists of 4 Vodafone Mini Stores and 1 Vodafone Store. Announcing the expansion of

TRAI asks Loop Mobile subscribers to opt for number portability at least a week before November 29

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has asked all subscribers of Loop Mobile to avail mobile number portability to avoid last minute rush. Telecom regulator also asked to Loop Mobile users to take facility at least a week before November 29, after which the Mumbai-based firm will not be able to offer telecom services. The company had to buy spectrum afresh to continue its operations but it did not participate in

Telecom minister resolves spectrum swapping issue with Defence minister

The Indian telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has met Defence Minister Parikkar to discuss the transfer of the spectrum held with defence to the DOT for auction and allotting of special spectrum for the defence department. With this, both ministries have finally resolved the contentious issue of swapping spectrum for commercial use. The main bone of contention between the defence forces and the telecom ministry since 2009 has been notifying

Hike Starts Offering Localised Stickers

Hike messenger will start offering free stickers in Indian languages. The new sticker packs allow hike users to communicate in their own language thereby facilitating better expression. The sticker range consists of over 250 Indian stickers catering to different parts of India. From colloquial expressions to playful slangs, the complete set adds emotions to conversations, with a single tap on the smartphone. Hike also announced the launch of Sticker Shop to provide

India aims for ‘broadband for all’ but Fiber optic implementation behind schedule

The Indian government plans to improve governance via greater Internet access requires broadband connectivity to be available as any other utility like water or electricity, but implementation of the backbone optic fiber is significantly behind schedule, according to the top company executives. “A challenge to implementing broadband connections across the length and breadth of India would primarily involve the question of who bears the cost. Nevertheless, a parallel slogan to

Epic Channel To be available in Tata Sky, Airtel Digital and Videocon d2h

Epic channel will be available on some of India's leading DTH service providers; Tata Sky on SD channel 133, Airtel Digital on SD at 125 and HD at 126 and Videocon d2h on SD at 117. It believes that channel is likely to be in close to 35 million Indian households. A week ago, Epic Television Networks has announced that Hindi entertainment channel. Epic will have action, drama, comedy, supernatural

Spectrum wars: DoT likely to decide February 23 2015 as the date for auction, operators to battle it out

The spectrum auction for telecom services is expected to start from February 23, 2015, a few days later than suggested by a ministerial group, according to a report. It is believed that Department of Telecommunication (DoT) will finalise the agency which will conduct the auction process, tomorrow. The next round of auctions are set for spectrum held by mobile operators - Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Communication - as some

MTNL raises Rs 1500 cr through 10 year Bonds, can this transform MTNL ?

MTNL has raised Rs 1,500 crore by selling bonds to institutional investors on Monday at 8.41 % annual rate and the funds would be used to repay debt. "We floated a Rs. 1,000 crore 10-year-bond issue, which was fully subscribed. We have received bids worth Rs. 1,500 crore from investors and we will retain the full amount using the green-shoe option," according to a report. However, the amount raised will be