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.


Aircel to add 346 new 3G sites by December in Kolkata to bolster network

Aircel, one of India’s leading innovative telecom service providers, today announced an aggressive expansion plan to create a robust 3G network Kolkata. The company will be adding close to 350 new 3G sites by end 2015, on the back of which, it expects to welcome more than two lakh customers to the Aircel family, enabling them to enjoy a data speed of up to 21 Mbps. On this occasion, Aircel… Read More


Tata Docomo now offers self recharge facility by just dialing *123#

Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices, today announced new functionality to the My Best Offer (MBO) offer. This functionality allows subscribers a swift MBO recharge simply by dialing *123#. In just four easy steps subscribers can avail customized tariff plans best suited to their needs. This offer provides users the benefit of Customer Self Care at *123# by eliminating the need for menu change. A text message… Read More


Airtel starts offering Platinum 3G for customers in Odisha

Bharti Airtel, today announced the launch of its Platinum 3G network for customers in Odisha. Airtel’s Platinum 3G will deliver faster internet speeds, enhance voice clarity and offer a superior network experience for customers in the circle. Additionally, Platinum 3G will help optimize the backend engagement between the network and mobile devices, thus allowing customers to enjoy extended battery life on their phones. Commenting on the launch of Platinum 3G,… Read More


4G Battleground: Reliance Jio vs. Incumbents – Part II (Vodafone & Idea)

In our previous story, we explained how the incumbent player, Airtel, can have its advantage as the first mover in the 4G turf. In this follow up story, we will discuss about Vodafone & Idea. Vodafone India is currently the second largest mobile operator in India. When Vodafone makes a strategy, business is their first priority. They picked up 3G spectrum in only 9 circles in 2010, and the whole… Read More


Airtel launches 4G services in Brahmapur ( Odisha )

Bharti Airtel Limited (“Airtel”), today announced the commercial launch of its high speed 4G services (also called LTE) in Brahmapur. Now, customers across the country can experience high speed wireless broadband on Airtel 4G and get on to the digital superhighway to enjoy uninterrupted HD video streaming, superfast uploading and downloading of movies, music and images. Airtel 4G is available to customers across a range of smart devices including mobile… Read More


Vodafone Netcruise Killed, Now It’s all MTS

We just lost another CDMA brand from India – Vodafone Netcruise. It was actually EvDO Rev A based data services provided over USB data cards. Vodafone and MTS India (SSTL) entered into a partnership in July 2011 by which SSTL’s EVDO products are to be sold under Vodafone brand. That time deal was perfect for both – Vodafone was weighing profit from 3G, and had 3G presence in just 9… Read More


4G Battleground: Reliance Jio vs Incumbents – Part 1 (Airtel)

Reliance Jio, which is a telecom arm of Reliance Industries that’s headed by Mukesh Ambani, is expected to be launched in the next four months, but the showtime on the 4G turf has been started already. Incumbents – Airtel, Vodafone and Idea – are not accepting the fear of Jio’s disrupting strategy. Analysts believe that they would take a toll on revenues as well as growth once Reliance Jio launches… Read More


Court Cancels Indus-NDMC WiFi Deals on Jio’s Petition

Airtel may try to steal the 4G show from Reliance Jio by taking country-wide launch almost 6 months before Jio comes in the market, Jio is not just in wait-n-watch mode. Airtel, Idea and Vodafone backed Indus Towers won a contract for WiFi roll out in Delhi, beating Jio. Now Jio has dragged New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to court to prove contract to Indus was not legit. The court… Read More


Vodafone delights prepaid customers with double validity on rate cutters at a nominal cost of Rs. 7

Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecom service providers launched Double Validity on rate cutter packs, giving pre-paid customers a great reason to talk more at lower rates. The offer on rate cutter pack will enable customers to talk more at attractive rates, affordable prices and an opportunity to double the validity of the product at a nominal cost of Rs. 7. All pre-paid customers of Vodafone in Mumbai can… Read More


Shemaroo Entertainment’s movies now on HOOQ

Shemaroo Entertainment, an established content house partners with HOOQ, the video-on-demand service launched by industry giants – Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. The companies have signed a deal of more than 1000 titles across multiple genres and languages. HOOQ, Asia’s largest premium video-on-demand service with a content library of over 30,000 hours, has recently entered into the Indian market and will now distribute Shemaroo’s library that includes a… Read More


Reliance Jio is all set to begin its commercial operations by December 2015

Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecommunications arm of Reliance Industries, is all set to begin its commercial operations by December 2015. Though we are yet to know the official launch date (for which we will get some abusive comments from our readers), there are some updates regarding Reliance Jio’s progress towards the commercial roll out. Before Jio’s data services come to market, as early as by mid-September 2015, RIL will launch… Read More


Verizon aggressively backing for VoLTE before winding up traditional voice

American telecom giant Verizon is working hard to make Voice over LTE (VoLTE) a default feature for its all customers. Presently worldwide carriers are shutting down 2G networks to make room for LTE deployments. Verizon is also walking to it – the company has plans to phase out its entire CDMA network by 2021. But before that they need to have a robust 4G network running. Now Verizon’s VOLTE feature… Read More

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