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.


DoT mulls over barring spectrum sharing, trading, M&A deals till auctions: Reports

The country’s telecom department is reportedly mulling over barring spectrum sharing and trading, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the sector till the auctions end in a bid to define the spectrum caps while setting out the rules for the sale. According to various media reports, the ban is likely to come in effect when the Notice Inviting Application (NIA) is published. The NIA is expected in August, while the spectrum… Read More


Reliance Jio to commercially launch operations in October: CLSA

Jio may commercially launch 4G voice and high-speed data services ahead of festive season in October, even as the new 4G entrant has started to handle the second-highest data traffic among all telecom operators and could ramp up close to the highest even before launch, according to brokerage CLSA. “Several indicators suggest a strong possibility of commercial launch of Jio’s services within the next three months ahead of festive season… Read More


Telenor India posts Rs 105 crore operating loss in Q2

Telenor India has posted an operating loss of NOK 132 million or Rs 105 crore in the second quarter of the current fiscal. The operating loss has widened from NOK 90 million or Rs 71.3 crore in the same period of last year. Telenor, in a statement, said that the operating profit was negatively impacted by NOK 224 million in impairments and write-downs, but offset by lower depreciations following the impairment… Read More


Idea slashes rates of 4G & 3G Internet Packs for both Postpaid and Prepaid, now offers 10GB data at Rs. 990 and 5GB at just Rs. 649

Idea, has now slashed the rates of its 4G, 3G BIG Internet packs by providing more value to heavy internet users who consume data packs of 2GB to 10 GB. Earlier last week, Idea had announced the price reduction by 45% in its sachet data packs. Idea is now offering 10 GB 4G, 3G data pack for just Rs. 990. As per the promotional offer Idea’s 2 GB data is… Read More


Airtel slashes prepaid data tariffs, Increases data benefits for 2G/3G/4G prepaid users

Airtel today announced an effective reduction in prepaid data tariffs by increasing data benefits on some of its prepaid data recharge packs. Airtel customers will now enjoy more value on these existing packs and can add to their mobile internet experience by staying online longer and download more of their favorite content. Under the revised data benefits, the Rs 655 4G/3G monthly recharge pack will now offer 5 GB data… Read More


Jio not ready for a commercial launch in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Jio Infocomm’s head of strategy and planning Anshuman Thakur told media that the company is ready to start offering its 4G services, except for in four circles—Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala—where it could take four to six more weeks to prepare the network, indicating that the commercial launch around the corner. Jio has received approvals from the telecom department on July 7 in the four circles of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil… Read More


Jio says commercial operations in coming months, average monthly consumption per user in excess of 26 GB voice usage is over 355 minutes

Reliance Jio Infocomm on Friday said that it now has over 1.5 million test users on its network in the country with average monthly consumption per user in excess of 26 GB. It said that the average voice usage per month is over 355 minutes. During the quarter, Reliance Jio extended its trial services to all LYF devices users under the Jio LYF Preview Offer, which it said enabled testing of… Read More


Airtel launches ‘Happy Hours’ to allow prepaid customers to get 50% data back for all in-app content downloads between 3.00 – 5.00 am

Airtel, today announced the launch of Happy Hours for its prepaid customers. Happy Hours allows Airtel prepaid customers to get 50% data back for all in-app content downloads scheduled between 3.00 am and 5.00 am. E.g. If a customer schedules a video download of 100 MB then 50 MB will be credited back to his/her account. Any App developer can integrate with Airtel Happy Hours in four simple steps and… Read More


Jio to commercially launch services on August 15, plans free voice services: Report

Jio is most likely to commercially launch its much-awaited 4G services on August 15, which is India’s Independence Day, this year with its maiden plan, called Freedom, according to an Economic Times report. The “Freedom” plan may offer free voice services bundled with data, priced at least 25% lower than current offerings of top rivals, the report said, adding that the company has informed internal teams about the launch. Sources closer to… Read More


DoT says e-Aadhaar valid document for new mobile connections

Indian citizen can now use the e-Aadhaar letter or the downloaded version of the card from the UIDAI website as a valid identity and address proof document for taking a new mobile connection, according to the country’s telecom department (DoT). The telecom department has also placed the onus of verifying the details mentioned in the e-Aadhaar letter from the UIDAI on the representative manning the point of sale, who will have… Read More


Trai now focuses on public WiFi for broadband access to masses, issues paper

Indian telecom regulator has come up with a new consultation paper to seek public views on allowing non-telecom companies to participate in setting up public wifi hotspots, a move that can help boost broadband availability through deployment of affordable Wi-Fi networks in public places. The regulator, Trai, has also said that low- cost Wi-Fi access infrastructure could slash internet rates by up to 90 per cent. The regulator estimated that the… Read More


Trai proposes flat levy for spectrum usage charge

The Indian telecom regulator has proposed a flat levy for spectrum usage charge, its own weighted average formula to calculate the annual spectrum usage charge (SUC), to replace the existing formula used by the telecom department. “While the optimal solution in the view of the Authority is to move to a flat rate regime, we are constrained to limit ourselves to examine the weighted average solution as suggested by Ld.… Read More


MTNL broadband users to enjoy Hungama entertainment content

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, also known as MTNL, on Tuesday announced its partnership with Hungama to provide its broadband consumers in Mumbai and Delhi with on-demand digital entertainment content provider. Hungama already has a number of tie-ups with Indian telecom service providers such as BSNL, ACT Fibernet, Hathway, Videocon and Tata Photon. In addition, the OTT content provider works with Sri Lanka Telecom in Sri Lanka. “Our partnership with Hungama reiterates… Read More

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