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.

Airtel acquires 111.6 MHz of prime spectrum across 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands

Bharti Airtel, has announced that it has acquired 111.6 MHz of prime spectrum across 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands for a total consideration of Rs. 29,130 crores. Of this, Rs. 17,618 crores has been spent on the renewal of existing spectrum while the balance Rs. 11,512 crores has been spent on procuring new spectrum. Airtel has successfully renewed all its spectrum holdings in the 900 MHz band [...]

Idea Launches 3G Services in Delhi on 900 MHz Spectrum

Idea Cellular, has launched its 3G services on 900 MHz spectrum band in Delhi circle.  The 3G launch in Delhi is a milestone achievement for Idea as it marks company’s first 3G network in a metro circle in India. With this, Idea’s 3G network has expanded to 12 major markets in India, in addition to 3G services through ICR arrangements with other telecom operators in 9 circles, enabling its 3G [...]

Airtel-Vodafone Backed Firefly to Crash Jio’s WiFi Party

India's WiFi market is going to see major revamp as the approach from the top players are changing, thanks to Reliance Jio's upcoming commercial launch with Wifi & 4G in the kitty. Airtel & Vodafone - the leaders have formed a JV - Firefly Networks in 2014, which was as a sleeper cell with just 30-people team since the beginning. But the entity is going to be a full phased [...]

Too Many LTE Ecosystems to Emerge, Tough Task to Find All-in-One LTE Smartphone

If you are planning for investing on an LTE-ready smartphone, just wait for few days. The reason is simple - India will see different types of LTE network in coming days. With prepaid dominated MNP-ready market, Indian users are least loyal to their operators. As of now Airtel has launched their LTE services in the country for smartphone users. Second LTE operator Aircel has launched services in fewer pockets via [...]

RCOM Appoints Srinivas M as Circle Business Head (Wireless) for Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Reliance Communications announced the appointment of Srinivas M the Company’s Circle Business Head, Wireless Business, Tamil Nadu & Kerala. Srinivas will be based out of RCOM’s Chennai office and will report to Ramesh Menon, RCOM’s National Head for GSM Operations. Prior to joining Reliance Communications, Srinivas was working with Idea Cellular as Chief Operating Officer, managing the National Pre-paid & Distribution Business of the telco, based out of the Corporate [...]

IBM to make Twitter data intelligent with actionable business insights

IBM and Twitter have announced the availability of industry-first cloud data services that allow business professionals and developers to extract actionable business insights from Twitter data. With more than 100 early client engagements underway, the IBM and Twitter global partnership is already helping enterprise clients apply social data to business decisions. Twitter is like no other data source in the world. It is a real-time, public, conversational and global information [...]

Hitachi India, Siemens and CII sign MoU for Smart city initiative

Hitachi India and Siemens have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with CII in national capital New Delhi to form a consortium that would create plots and replicate them throughout the country for setting up 100 smart cities. These days urban India is getting crowded that is why the Narendra Modi government has focused on creating 100 smart cities to solve urban problems and facilitate city management. The MoU was [...]

India has 69.7 crore GSM cellular subscribers as of FEB: COAI

Cellular Operator Association of India (COAI) said that the number of all India GSM cellular subscriber base reached 69.70 crore, an increase of 1.40 percent, in February.With this, GSM mobile operators added 95.94 lakh more subscribers at the month end. The industry body said that it does not include GSM subscriber number of Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, BSNL and Quadrant. Bharti Airtel is leading the GSMA cellular subscribers, it added [...]

MTS Completes Six Years In India; Introduces Exciting Offers For Its Voice Customers

MTS today announced the MTS Anniversary Offer for its voice customers across all its 9 circles – i.e. Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Kolkata and West Bengal. As a part of the initiative, the company will provide full talk- time to its prepaid voice customers on a recharge of Rs 87. In addition, customers will also get 500 MB of data with a validity of [...]

Vodafone India Launches India’s first paperless activation process in Kolkata

Vodafone India, today announced that it has become the first operator in Kolkata to pilot launch the Aadhaar based e-KYC solution. e-KYC solution is an instant, secure and green mobile subscriber verification project, where a customer’s Aadhaar card and fingerprints is adequate for both validating and activating new prepaid and postpaid connections. This paperless activation process as per Department of Telecom (DoT)’s directive has the following five simple steps:- 1. [...]

Airtel 3G services now available in Jammu

Airtel, today said that it will offer high speed 3G services to customers in Jammu. With this, Airtel now offers wide bouquet of mobile services to customers in Jammu, with its offerings spanning across 2G and 3G services. Airtel is the largest mobile operator in J&K close to 2.9 million customers. Airtel 3G ICR (intra circle roaming) will be available to customers in Jammu, Kathua, Katra, Samba, Bari-Brahmna and Nagrota. [...]

Aircel now offers unlimited roaming and STD calls at 10paise per minute

Aircel, today announced the launch of its unlimited Roaming proposition at 10 paise per minute. Introduced especially on the festive occasion of Holi, this revolutionary pack will offer the lowest-ever unlimited Aircel to Aircel Roaming and STD calls at just 10p/min for new and existing customers every time they roam on the Aircel network. Commenting on the launch, Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel, said, “We understand that a lot [...]

Union Budget 2015: Indian Telecom Industry’s issues not addressed says COAI

GSM industry body, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has expressed disappointment over the Union Budget proposals for 2015-16, presented by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today, stating that they do not address the requirements of the Indian Telecom sector. “While a few proposals in the Union Budget may help growth of telecom and broadband, overall, the industry’s concerns and submissions have been left unanswered. With the Government’s thrust on [...]

Karbon launches Titanium Dazzle, Budget Smartphone with disruptive pricing

Karbonn today  launched Titanium Dazzle which offers the best specs in the budget category currently available in the Indian Smartphone market. Karbonn Titanium Dazzle is powered 1.2 GHZ Quad core processor and 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory expandable upto 32 GB for a lag-free multi-tasking experience. The device is fitted with 12.7 cm (5’in) FWVGA screen for an immersive movie and video viewing experience. With a focus on simplifying [...]

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