Rudradeep

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.

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Aircel offers special customer plans on its 9th anniversary in Kolkata

In its celebrations of eight years of glorious operations in Kolkata, Aircel, today announced special offers for all Aircel customers offering a host of exciting offers including free A2A calling, extra talk time, extra data, free song downloads and dialler tunes for two days starting May 6, 2016. Aircel’s first 25,000 customers in Kolkata will enjoy nine minutes of Free Local Aircel calls and access to free song downloads (valid… Read More

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Nokia bags network expansion deal with Ooredoo Qatar

Nokia said that it has won a three-year deal with Ooredoo Qatar to upgrade and expand Ooredoo’s existing mobile broadband network across the country to meet ever-growing subscriber demands. Under the new agreement, Nokia will deploy its leading 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, LTE-A radio and core network technologies and services expertise. The core network elements including Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with Home Subscriber Server (HSS).This will allow Ooredoo Qatar to expand… Read More

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Zero tolerance on call drops should not be imposed: Telcos to SC

Indian telcos have refuted the telecom regulator’s allegations that they are making huge gains in the sector, and told the Supreme Court that zero tolerance on call drops should not be imposed on them, given they have to pay big price for spectrum, even as the entire sector reels under huge debt. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for telecom operators, told the court that they have been investing hugely on… Read More

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Work in Progress: 5G not to go live before 2020

Though India is yet to see 4G in full potential, developed nations are keeping their taste bud ready for next generation of mobile telephony. Verizon, United States’ largest mobile operator already has kickstarted their 5G projects. and was able to hit 1Gbps+ speed in some 5G field trials. Verizon has used infra from Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung, and deployed 5G at 15GHz, 28GHz, 39GHz and 64GHz band, though most trials… Read More

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Airtel enterprise arm expands into Middle East with GBI partnership

In a bid to expand its reach to multiple new countries in the Middle East region, Bharti Airtel, through its enterprise arm Airtel Business, has partnered with GBI, which is a global service provider that owns and operates a multilayer carrier neutral network connecting the world to the Middle East. The partnership is in line with the long-term strategy of Airtel Business, considering the long-term potential for the Middle East… Read More

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Jio LYF second largest LTE smartphone brand in Q1: Counterpoint

Reliance Jio, which is yet to launch it’s commercial 4G services, has already marked its presence in the country’s fast growing smartphone market. The LYF smartphone brand has emerged as India’s fifth largest smartphone player in its first quarter since launch, according to data from Counterpoint Research, which says that the LYF brand cornered an impressive 7% share of the smartphone market. Notably, Jio’s high speed broadband services are being… Read More

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Jio launch after spectrum integration with RCom, delay frustrates investors: Reports

A Citi Group report said that the excessive delay in Reliance Jio’s commercial 4G launch is frustrating investors, even as it said that the delay may be on the account of the company’s chase for perfection. The Citi Group, in a note, said that the ensuing delay could be testing investors’ patience. It raises concerns of Jio further eroding its first mover advantage. “The capital expenditure targets also continue to… Read More

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Idea’s 4G subscriber base reaches 680,000 customers, adds 8.4 million new 3G users

Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest telco, said that 680,000 customers were actively using its 4G LTE services till March 31, 2016, and it further added 8.4 million new 3G users in last one year. The company is currently serving overall 22.9 million 3G data customers, though still a low penetration of 13.1% of EoP Subscribers. Idea said that 60.4 million of Idea’s strong 175 million EoP subscribers have upgraded their… Read More

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RCOM 4G Only for CDMA Users ? Comes with Free 1GB LTE Data

Reliance Communications (RCom) has begun the process to move their CDMA customers to the 4G/LTE, which we have shared earlier. RCom, headed by Anil Ambani is going to launch LTE on 800Mhz band which is partially owned by them, and partially shared by Jio and partially coming from the merger with MTS India. There are many confusions regarding Rcom’s 4G launch. Let us decode the Rcom 4G/LTE. * As Rcom… Read More

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Telenor India posts huge operating loss, seeks spectrum at reasonable rates to continue operations

Telenor India has posted huge operating loss at NOK 3100 million in the first quarter, due to NOK 2.9 billion in impairment and write-down, the company said, and threatened to exit the Indian market if it fails to get spectrum at reasonable rates. While announcing the global results, Telenor global CEO Sigve Brekke said the company’s long terms presence in India is dependent on its ability to secure additional spectrum.… Read More

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Net Neutrality: Airtel seeks Trai nod before entering into video content deal with a global firm

Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecom operator by subscribers, has reached out the Trai to seek nod for a video content deal with a “big global content provider”, and to avoid any controversy on net neutrality. The company, in a letter to Trai Secretary Sudhir Gupta, said that it has been approached by one of the big global content providers who wishes to offer their video content on exclusive basis… Read More

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Reliance Jio will have 30 mn users by this fiscal end; commercial launch in 3-9 months: Morgan Stanley

Brokerage firm Morgan Stanley expects Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio to launch its 4G services over the next 3-9 months, which would help it garner revenues of $1 billion this financial year. The firm also said that Reliance Jio will have more than 30 million subscribers by the end of this financial year, which the telco will further double up to 60 million by the next, with 1.3 times to 1.8… Read More

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RCom launches Ultraband with 1 Gigabit per sec speed in Mumbai

Reliance Communications (RCom) has started offering its optic-fiber based Ultraband service in Mumbai, providing speeds upto 1 Gigabit per second, which it claims as 50 times faster than the average Internet speeds in India, and about 10 times faster than the best speeds any other ISP provides. The service is currently available at Seawoods Estates in Navi Mumbai and at Imperial Towers in Mumbai, according to the company website. “Ultraband… Read More

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