4G in India

4G in India: COAI seeks deadline extension for the 4G network rollout by another five years

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has requested the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to extend the deadline for completion of 4G network rollouts by another five years. The government had allocated 4G spectrum to telecom service providers in the auction in 2010, with specific rollout targets for the spectrum winners. The operators were supposed to achieve the network rollout within a five-year period which expires in 2015. In case telecom

Signalling Point Codes allotted to Reliance Jio in Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka and Kolkata

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has assigned signalling point codes to Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd for launching its national long distance (NLD) and international long distance (ILD) services. The codes have been allotted in Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka and Kolkata. Signalling Point Codes are required to establish interconnection between two networks. The codes have to be used within six months, or they would be withdrawn, according to the regulations under which

DoT asked to furnish 4G implementation status four and a half years after spectrum allocation

The 4G spectrum had been last allocated almost four and half years ago and this has prompted the CAG to furnish the accurate roll-out status of the 4G technology by the respective entities. The guidelines say that the bidders are expected to roll-out services within 5 years of spectrum allocation. According to the auction, bidders are expected to provide 90% coverage in the metro areas and 50% in rural area

Exclusive: Reliance Jio to use RCOM as home network ?

Reliance Jio preview website went online few days ago, but it was quickly pulled down. We have managed to pull some in depth information regarding partnership with RCOM from Jio website FAQ page. The partnership has gone beyond passive infrastructure sharing to vital operations of Jio services. Reliance Jio holds 20 MHz of spectrum in the 2300 MHz band in all 22 circles and 5-7 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz

First look at Reliance Jio Play : Next gen TV services, 100+ Live TV and HD Channels being offered

Reliance Jio launch is around the corner and we will come with a host of services apart from 4G internet. One of the service is Jio Play, the next generation TV service. Today we bring you first look at Jio Play . Jio Play gives you access to Live TV channels with capability to watch any program from the last 7 days. All programs are stored on Jio Play servers and you can pause and

4G in India: FIPB Defers Augere’s 100% FDI Plan

In another 4G update, Indian government has deferred Augere Wireless to increase its foreign stakes to 100% in its Indian venture. UK based Augere won BWA spectrum in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in 2010 and paid Rs 125 cr for it. Globally Augere is going with a mission to provide "broadband for all". In 2011 Augere announced to roll out services initially in 14 cities starting from Q2 of 2012

LTE connected devices to reach 64 million by 2019

The total number of LTE connected devices shipped worldwide will exceed 1.89 billion units by end of 2019, according to ABI Research, ABI Research estimates that 676 million 4G LTE handsets will be shipped in 2015, growing 204 million units from 2014. “With the proliferation of larger screen smart devices driving up the insatiable appetite for content and faster speeds, ABI Research estimates that there will be 350 commercial LTE networks

Exclusive: Reliance Jio showcases its Internet plans on a preview portal, plans starting at Re 1 ?

We have been hearing since long that Reliance Jio will offer Internet at ultra-affordable prices but nothing concrete has come out so far, but the wait is over. Reliance Jio has showcased its Internet plans on their preview portal. The preview website claims that Reliance Jio will be offering high-speed 100Mbps internet connection with recharge plans as low as Re. 1. The 'FTTH FIP Alpha Offer' plan is claimed to

DoT seeks Attorney General’s advice on Airtel’s internet license merger issue

Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approached Attorney General for advice on whether it should impose a fee on Bharti Airtel for merging the four internet licences acquired from Qualcomm with its existing unified licences. Initially DoT had said that Airtel has to pay Rs 436 crore for merging the licences, Airtel had acquired ABSPL. Airtel Broadband Services (ABS), formerly Wireless Business Services Private Limited — a telecom company founded by

Videocon hopes to launch 4G in Haryana and Punjab by next year

Videocon Mobile Services will launch high-speed data 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in Haryana and Punjab by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014-15. The company has a Unified Licence, which allows it to provide all kind of services including 3G and 4G. The 4G services will be launched in all six circles, where it bagged spectrum in the November 2012 auction. With this, the company to expand aggressively by buying

Airtel brings back tariff wars, prices 4G lower than 3G plans

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile carrier by subscriber base, is offering high-speed fourth-generation (4G) services packs at lower prices than 3G plans for its customers ahead of the highly awaited Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio 4G launch. It is believed that the development comes after Reliance Jio said they would provide 10-12 times faster 4G wireless service compared to 3G networks at cheaper rates which is expected to launch by next