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Airtel join hands with China Mobile; eyes growth of 4G LTE ecosystem and affordable LTE devices

Airtel announced a strategic collaboration with China Mobile under which the two companies will work towards the growth of the 4G ecosystem. China Mobile and Airtel plan to share relevant network, as well as product knowledge, best practices, and technical learnings to enable delivery of world-class affordable services to end users. Airtel and China Mobile will also work together for development of relevant technical standards and interoperability testing. Speaking on [...]

BSNL to sign Pan India 2G ICRA with Bharti Airtel, what it means to end users?

BSNL which has a commercial presence in 20 circles plans to improve its network coverage for its subscribers by signing an Intra circle roaming agreement with the largest telecom operator by subscriber base Bharti Airtel on a Pan India scale. BSNL which currently has close to 1,10,000 base stations and covers approximately 72% of India’s population will benefit with the wider network footprint of Bharti Airtel which has 1,42,898 base [...]

Airtel launches new 3G pack offers 1GB data at Rs. 192

Airtel has launched a new 3G pack in Punjab circle. This pack has a denomination of Rs.192 and offers 1GB data at 3G speeds with validity of 21 days. Airtel also offers the same data benefit with a longer validity of 28 days for Rs.246. Rs.195 voucher offers 600MB 3G data with validity of 28 days while Rs.198 offers 1.25GB 2G data with 28-day validity. With these packs, Airtel is [...]

Airtel Introduce Easy Conference Audio Conference service

Airtel has introduced Easy Conference, an audio conferencing service for its subscribers. The service offers audio conference at the rate of a single local call. Unlike traditional audio conference, in Easy conference you don't have to call each member to join the conference and pay the cost for calls in the conference. Easy conference is initiated by calling your own number and generating a secure pin which can be shared with your members [...]

Airtel starts 3G services in Lachen

Airtel has started offering 3G services in Lachen – a town in North Sikkim district. Even Vodafone India today announced its expansion of its 3G services in Lachen. Airtel has enabled seamless connectivity in Lachen enabling customers to easily stay connected to their dear and near ones. The services were launched in the presence of Pepan - Head of Lachen apart from the Heads of the Lama Community; Lachen Gram [...]

Airtel asks TRAI to protect telcos from free VoIP service, What is Airtel upto?

Airtel wants TRAI to put forward guidelines to protect telecom operators voice revenues from hyper-competition of free internet VoIP services like Skype and Viber. "We believe there should be some kind of framework where we are not disadvantaged in terms of our core source of revenue and that is the context in which consultation will hopefully take place". Airtel said during its quarterly results announcement. In last December, Airtel made a failed attempt [...]

Airtel in Q3-FY15: Mobile data connection at 42.25M, 3G data connections increase by 92% YoY

Airtel has reported consolidated mobile data revenue of Rs 2,114 crore, up by 74.3% YoY in India, for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The company has disclosed that the mobile data revenues now contribute more than 85% of the incremental revenues of the company. Consolidated revenues for the quarter were at Rs 23,217 crore, up by 5.8% YoY. Net Income was at Rs 1,436 crore, up by 135.4% YoY. India revenues [...]

Manoj Kohli quits as non-executive director Bharti Airtel

Manoj Kohli the Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises Limited has put down his paper from the board of Bharti Airtel. Bharti Airtel said that Kohli has resigned as non-executive director to BSE. Kohli joined Escotel, which he led for over 5 years as Executive Director and CEO, before coming on board at Bharti Airtel. It is believed that this is Kohli’s formal exit from the telecom business of the company [...]

Airtel asks customers in Hyderabad to upgrade to 4G SIM cards, official launch evident?

Earlier today, a number of Airtel customers in Hyderabad (including me), have received a message from Airtel requesting to upgrade their SIM cards to avail 4G services on their devices. This means that Airtel is officially stating that it has launched 4G services in Hyderabad? Last month, we had reported that Airtel might soon launch 4G LTE services in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles. The report also stated that Airtel's 4G [...]

Airtel to apply for Payments Bank License

Airtel today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Airtel M Commerce Services Limited (AMSL) is seeking to convert its existing Prepaid Payment Instrument license into a Payments Bank license to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India. It also announced that subject to grant of a Payments Bank license to AMSL by the RBI and all regulatory approvals, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (Kotak) will acquire 19.90% stake in AMSL [...]

Update: Airtel’s services disrupted in Hyderabad : Report

Airtel, the country’s largest private operator has been in the middle of quite a lot of controversy since it announced it plans on charging for VoIP services. But it took back the move after that and resumed providing regular services after that. Now the company has been struck by a systemic failure of its network in Hyderabad and, as a result, its cellular services have not been available since 6 [...]

Airtel 3G Vs. 4G: Is 4G service in India hyped up or is it really any good?

Airtel has been pitching the 4G services quite aggressively and even the Indian smartphone market is inundated with entry-level handsets that support 4G LTE. I have been using 4G connection in Bangalore for almost 8 months and there is also considerable progress when it comes to 4G speeds over the period of time. Let's check out if Airtel is just trying to create a hoopla or 4G connection really makes [...]

Bharti Airtel inks Rs 12.40 billion 4G network deal with Nokia Networks

Bharti Airtel has selected Nokia Networks for its 4G network deployment in the 1800 MHz band in six telecom circles, the contract is worth around USD 200 million (approximately Rs 12.40 billion). Interestingly the National Stock Exchange (NSE) has sought clarification from Bharti Airtel Limited with respect to recent news saying that Nokia Networks Bags Rs 12.40 billion (Rs.1240-cr) Airtel 4G Deal. Three months ago, Ericsson joined hands with Bharti Airtel [...]

Airtel might have to cough up Rs 436 crore penalty

Bharti Airtel may have to pay Rs 436 crore for merging its subsidiary Airtel Broadband Services Pvt Ltd (ABSPL) with itself, according to a source. The telecom department (DoT) had sought legal opinion whether the company was liable to pay differential spectrum cost and migration fee for merging ABSPL with itself. ABSPL had an internet service provider's ( ISP) licence to provide wireless broadband but merging it with a unified [...]

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