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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Stressed balance sheets, debt to restrict telcos’ bid for spectrum under Rs 80,000 cr: Report

Stressed balance sheets of telecom operators and underdeveloped ecosystem for the premium 700 MHZ band may restrict bids for the upcoming spectrum auction to Rs 80,000 crore. Notably, the Indian government received bids worth Rs 1.1 lakh crore in the last auction. The Indian Cabinet earlier this week approved the mega spectrum auction plan, in which airwaves worth Rs 5.66 lakh crore for mobile services will be put up for auction. This… Read More

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Jio likely to unleash disruptive 4G data pricing to poach top-end data customers from incumbents: Report

Jio is anticipated to unleash disruptive 4G data price plans to poach top-end data customers from incumbent carriers such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular in urban markets, according to an analyst at a leading European brokerage, quoted by an Economic Times report. The report said that these data customers are likely to generate bulk of Jio’s revenues in future. The analyst said that data average revenue per unit… Read More

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RCOM gets legal intercept and monitoring (LIM) nod for 12 circles, can now offer 4G services to users: Report

Reliance Communications has reportedly received the legal intercept and monitoring (LIM) approval from the department of telecom in 12 out of 22 circles, which will allow the telco to offer 4G services to its CDMA subscribers, who have a 4G SIM. A Business Standard report said that Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab, east and west Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar are the first 12 circles. The… Read More

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Global VoLTE user base to reach 1 billion by 2020: IHS

The global VoLTE user base is forecast to hit 1 billion by 2020, aided by China Mobile’s VoLTE migration, according to a report by HIS Technology. There were 185 million VoLTE users in 2015, mostly coming from Japan, South Korea and the US, and this number is anticipated to grow to 310 million by year’s end. Worldwide VoLTE service revenue is projected to reach $6.3 billion by 2020, with almost half… Read More

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Idea prepaid consumers and retailers can now give 100 MB of free Internet access to non-internet users

Idea Cellular; has announced an “Internet For All” program. This program empowers all the Idea prepaid consumers and retailers to give one month of free Internet access to Internet non-users just by logging on to i4all.ideacellular.com from their smartphones. They can gift free 100 MB data for a month by entering the Idea mobile number of non-internet users. Idea further personalizes this service by sending periodic information on how to… Read More

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Trai may shortly propose setting up of an ombudsman: Report

The Indian telecom regulator may soon reach out to the telecom department (DoT) for setting up of an ombudsman to resolve consumer complaints for the telecom sector, Economic Times reported. The latest move follows the Trai’s recent proposal that sought penal powers to protect the rights of subscribers. The regulator has been trying to put in place mechanisms to sort out consumer grievances, following a setback in the call drops compensation… Read More

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Jio may achieve Rs 250 ARPU driven by high 4G usage: CLSA

Higher 4G data usage will allow Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio to achieve Rs 250 level of average revenue per unit (ARPU), according brokerage firm CLSA. The brokerage firm said that the ARPU needed to ensure achievable subscriber target which may get returns in the next 5 years for the telecom operators. While it is 30 per cent higher than Bharti Airtel’s ARPU, it implies 25% discount to estimated 3G ARPU. Earlier,… Read More

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Reliance’s LYF brand corners 13% LTE device market share in Q1: CMR

LYF brand has become the third largest LTE smartphone provider with 13% market share in the first quarter of 2016, according to data released by Cyber Media Research (CMR). Reliance Jio’s 4G services which come bundled with LYF smartphones has been the only driver for LYF’s growth in the quarter. Under the LYF smartphone, Reliance offers a number of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) ready smartphones with prices starting from Rs 3,999.… Read More

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Trai issues new consultation paper to seek views on unified messaging services

Trai has come up with a new consultation paper which is seeking stakeholders’ views on whether a fresh licensing framework is need for voice mail, audio conferencing and interactive voice response services, following a Department of Telecommunications (DoT) request in January this year. The telecom department had asked Trai for a review of guidelines on voice mail, audio conferencing and UMS. The consultation paper, which was issued by the Trai earlier… Read More

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International Chamber of Commerce names Sunil Bharti Mittal as new Chairman

Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder-chairman of Bharti Enterprises, has been elected Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), taking over from Terry McGraw, Chairman Emeritus of S&P Global, who has now become ICC’s honorary chairman. Mittal has become the third Indian head of the world business organisation in its nearly 100 years history. “At a time when the global economy is facing unprecedented challenges, I am committed to ensuring ICC plays… Read More

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Exemption to Trai order on discriminatory pricing violates license conditions: GSM telcos

Indian GSM telecom operators have alleged that the Trai via the exemption to the discriminatory tariffs order has allowed a backdoor entry of differential pricing through closed electronic communication networks (CECN), which is also known as intranet. The telcos, through their lobby body COAI, said that a clause that exempts products offered over CECNs, violates license conditions. They have also demanded an urgent review of the regulator’s order barring discriminatory… Read More

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Jio subscriber base surges to 7 lakh: Report

Jio’s subscriber base has reportedly surged to 7 lakh due to the availability of 4G SIMs through LYF smartphones in the country. The telco is currently offering 4G LTE services under the extended trial launch, even as there’s no official word on the commercial launch in the country. The total usage of these 7 lakh subscribers was at around 13 million GB, which translates into 18.57 GB per user, as… Read More

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Nokia launches new platform for fast and secure delivery of IoT services

Nokia said that it has launched the Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT), which gives operators, enterprises and governments a secure platform on which to scale new IoT services. IMPACT handles data collection, event processing, device management, data contextualisation, data analytics, end-to-end security and applications enablement for any device, any protocol and across any application. Bhaskar Gorti, president of the Applications & Analytics Business Group at Nokia, said, “Our… Read More

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