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Analysis: An overview of competing telecom products and services in India

Every avid reader in India who has been reading about and following the country’s telecom scene must’ve come across terms like 4G/LTE, Spectrum, VoLTE, cloud services and the likes a lot, more so in the past two years. We’ve been hearing for a while about consolidation of small players, stiff competition and how Reliance Jio is going to revolutionize the Indian telecom scene by offering fast Internet at dirt-cheap prices… Read More

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Reliance Jio – Reliance Communications spectrum sharing pact: What does it really mean for the Indian telecom industry?

In a major strategic move, sparring Ambani brothers, who lead Reliance Communications and Reliance Jio, respectively, signed an agreement to share and trade spectrum in 800 MHz band across 17 circles. Reliance Jio will acquire nearly 33.75 MHz of spectrum from Reliance Communications in nine circles. “The spectrum arrangements between RJIL and RCOM will result in network synergies, enhanced network capacity and will optimise spectrum utilisation and capex efficiencies. Both… Read More

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Who’s going to be the winner of the 4G LTE war in Kerala? Here’s a comparison of 4G data packs

The Kerala telecom circle has witnessed launch of 4G services by all three incumbent operators – Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone – last year. With three 4G operators, the battle for 4G data market share is getting intense in the circle. Let’s take a look into the 4G data offerings from these operators in Kerala. Airtel 4G in Kerala Airtel was the first operator to launch 4G service in the Kerala. While… Read More

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Here are the bumps in the road that Reliance Jio might face

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has recently launched 4G LTE services for more than 1,00,000 Reliance Group employees, and is likely to launch for consumers very soon. The company is also bringing its own devices under the brand name of Lyf, and they are likely to be available in the market by the end of the month. As the company gets ready for the commercial launch after more than five years… Read More

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Here’s India’s updated 3G and 4G telecom map [2015 edition]

We all know that the year 2016 will be the year of LTE in India. Apart from Airtel, who started 4G services back in 2012, we will see several players to jumping onto the 4G services bandwagon in India this year. Idea and Vodafone have already launched their 4G services in selected markets. Jio, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries, will launch its commercial service anytime soon. Idea Cellular: Let’s start with Idea Cellular by discussing its… Read More

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Netflix is here in India, but is it worth its paid plans right now?

Netflix’s global launch was announced at its press conference that happened during CES 2016 on the 6th of January. It is now available in almost every countries around the world (except China, Crimea, North Korea, and Syria), including India. In India, the video streaming company is offering its services in three tier pricing; Rs. 499 for SD streaming, Rs. 650 for HD streaming, and Rs. 800 for UHD streaming. I’ve… Read More

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Here are the impressive LTE and VoLTE features in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

The Snapdragon 820 system on a chip (SoC) from Qualcomm would be the obvious choice of powertrain for flagship smartphones that will be coming out later this year. Apart from the usual performance improvements in CPU and graphics, the Snapdragon 820 features a new communication array designed to make LTE the de-facto communication standard for both voice and data. Here are some of the features of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820… Read More

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Year 2015 in Review: Over 9 million curious readers visited TelecomTalk in 2015

The year 2015 was quite an exciting one for the telecom and smartphone markets. We saw a wider 4G LTE network rollout, hundreds of smartphone launched, and thousands of great apps and games. We, the whole team at TelecomTalk was busy in reporting all the important happenings in the telecom, DTH, and smartphone space. As 2015 has ended, we though we could share a few important parameters about the users… Read More

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Kerala outgrows metro cities in telecom revenue growth

As per data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Kerala recorded the maximum revenue growth of 14 percent in the period between April and June of 2014 and AMJ 2015. The revenue of the state increased from Rs 1878.44 crore in the AMJ quarter of 2014 to 2135.4 crore in AMJ 2015. Idea seems to be the biggest beneficiary of this growth in the Kerala circle with the… Read More

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Apple iPad Pro prices starting from Rs 67,900 in India. Is it worth its astronomical price?

The Apple iPad Pro, the company’s first attempt to cater the laptop-tablet hybrid market, has been launched in India. Three variants of this huge tablet – the Apple iPad Pro 32GB (Wi-Fi only), the Apple iPad Pro 128GB (Wi-Fi only),  and the Apple iPad Pro 128GB (Wi-Fi + Cellular) – have been launched in the country with a starting price of Rs 67,900. Apple iPad Pro pricing in India Apple iPad Pro 32GB… Read More

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Makeover Okay, but will optic fiber rollout project ‘BharatNet’ fructify this time?

From linear architecture to ring architecture, from GPON technology to IP-MPLS system, the government’s fiber optic rollout initiative BharatNet or National Optic Fiber Network (NOFN) project has undergone massive restructuring so that after missing two earlier deadlines, it does not fail this time. But the big question is: Whether this time, the project will hit its stipulated time-frame of completion? In the first phase of the project, about 100,000 Gram… Read More

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Should you buy the Obi Worldphone SF1? Here is what we think

Obi rebranded itself as “Obi Worldphone” and its second innings started with the launch of “SF1” smartphone. The device falls in the mid-range segment as per the Indian smartphone market. To enlighten our users, Obi Worldphone is a venture of the former Apple CEO, John Sculley. The Obi Worldphone SF1 is targeted at the buyers who want an affordable good-looking device clubbed with worthy features and specifications. The smartphone has… Read More

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Why Are Indian Telcos Focusing On Failed WiFi Strategy

A strange phenomenon is taking place in China. Contrary to the global trend, Chinese telcos are unwinding their WiFi deployments. The three service providers, China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile have decommissioned 87,000 WiFi access points this year. While WiFi is shrinking telcos added 680,000 2G, 3G or 4G base stations in the country. On the other hand, there has been a marked increase in WiFi deployments in India.… Read More

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