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.


Taiwanese Wistron enters into mobile manufacturing joint venture with Optiemus

Wistron Corporation, the world’s second largest contract manufacturer after Foxconn, has entered into a joint venture with Indian retailer and handset distributor, Optiemus Infracom to set up manufacturing facilities for telecom products in India. Over the next five years, the partners will strategically invest around $ 200 million in best in class infrastructure, technologies and processes, to cater to growing Indian and global demands of telecom products like smart phones,… Read More


RCom to sell stake in tower unit Reliance Infratel: Report

Reliance Communications, which recently announced merger with Sistema Shyam Teleservices, is now preparing to sell its stake in its tower unit Reliance Infratel, according to an ET report. The stake sale deal with a private equity player will be announced within this week. The deal would also mark the complete exit of RCom from the telecom tower business in India. The ET report said the deal will value RCom subsidiary… Read More


Indoreans can WhatsApp complaints to BSNL

State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has kicked off a unique initiative to address customer complaints in Indore. The telco has launched WhatsApp service to register complaints from its users in the city and enhance communication with them, according to a TOI report. BSNL has around 3 lakh customers in Indore, and 26 lakh across the state. The latest initiative is a part of the Indian government’s revival strategy… Read More


Idea adds max customers in September; overall telecom base reaches 102.26 cr: Trai

Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest telecom operator, added maximum 26.37 lakh subscribers in September month, to take its overall base to 16.65 crore, followed by India’s leading telco Airtel, which added 22.28 lakh users and took its base to 23.52 crore, as per data shared by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Vodafone, the country’s second largest telco, added 15.93 lakh to take its base to 18.81 crore. BSNL… Read More


Micromax stake sale talks with China’s Alibaba fail: Report

China’s ecommerce giant Alibaba has reportedly ended talks with Micromax, the country’s second largest smartphone maker, to acquire a stake of up to 20 percent, at a valuation of more than $3 billion. According to a FT report, the Chinese company has further delayed other investment plans in India amid problems in its home market, including regulatory probes over fake merchandise sold on its sites. Alibaba is currently grappling with… Read More


Call drops: Trai asks telcos to focus more on 2G networks

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), in a technical paper analysing the call drops phenomenon, urged the Indian telcos to add towers on a war footing and bolster existing 2G networks and not merely focus on 3G to improve overall mobile coverage. The regulator said there is also an urgent need to address challenges posed by the arbitrary sealing of mobile towers by municipal authorities in urban areas. It asked… Read More


Baidu’s Android app store MoboMarket gets full Hindi language support

Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, Monday said that the version 3.0 of its Android app store MoboMarket is now available in India with full Hindi language support for its rapidly growing contingency of users and developers. “MoboMarket has gotten really popular here, and we want to show our love to our local fans and developers with a much better localized experience. Hindi language support is just one… Read More


BSNL, MTNL revival plan: DoT plans new holding company for PSUs

State-run telecom companies Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) could become subsidiaries of a new holding company, which is now being considered by the department of telecommunications (DoT), Business Standard reported. The report said that the move, recommended by IIM-Bangalore in a report on measures for reviving the firms, is expected to revive both the ailing telcos by synergising their operations. “The first option of… Read More


Angry Birds maker Rovio inks carrier billing deal with Idea Cellular

Finnish game developer Rovio has joined hands with Idea Cellular, India’s third largest telco, to enable carrier billing on its popular Angry Birds games in the country. Under the partnership, the telco will allow its customers to pay for in-game transactions via their prepaid or postpaid accounts. “It’s hard to monetise a free game in a market where there is limited credit card usage. So, we have struck a carrier-billing deal… Read More


Reliance Jio’s deployment of 150,000 small cells is largest in the world: Senior VP of Wireless networks

Reliance Jio Infocomm, the country’s only pan-India license holder of broadband wireless spectrum, is deploying 300 small cells per day and plans to increase it to 1,700 small cells in order to meet its long-term goals, according to the company’s Senior VP of Wireless networks, Tareq Amin. RCR Wireless reported that Jio’s network plans include the deployment of 150,000 small cell, which is largest such deployment in the world. “To… Read More


Vodafone 4G LTE services to target metros initially: Sunil Sood

Vodafone India, the country’s second largest telecom operator, will primarily look at tapping metros with its 4G LTE services in the country, targeting high-end data subscribers, the company’s CEO Sunil Sood told Hindu Business Line. Taking a cautious approach, Vodafone will be launching 4G LTE services in select towns, given that the overall 4G phones on its network was below 2 percent, whereas 3G phones were 26-27 percent, Sood said,… Read More


Government nod paves way for Google Project Loon in India

Google seems to have got official nod from the Indian government for testing of the ‘Project Loon’, which would provide fast internet connectivity to the unconnected citizens of India by using large balloons, according to media reports. Google had approached the Indian government to set up the Loon project and Drone-based Internet transmission. However, the government only gave nod for testing of Loon project, as per media reports. The reports also… Read More

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